Since graduating from the Royal College of Art, Felicity Brown has designed for Alberta Ferretti, Loewe, Mulberry and, most recently, Lanvin. Felicity launched her own label with her brother Henry in early 2010 at Vauxhall Fashion Scout and the debut was very well received. She cites the main inspiration for her first collection as Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s paintings of the burlesque and cancan stars of Parisian nightlife. The dresses are made from hand dyed silk and pleated heavily to create complex but beautifully flowing structure. The British Fashion Council awarded Felicity the NewGen sponsorship for SS11 so big things are in her future.
Felicity’s aesthetic is the antithesis of what I usually like. It’s big, it’s colourful, there’s a lot going on. While I feel that the dresses would swamp me as I’m quite short, I can’t help but be drawn to them. I think it’s the gorgeous texture and the feminine playfulness. I reckon any woman would adore to wear a dress like these.