New York-based designer Hillary Taymour’s Collina Strada is both fashion label and eco-activist. Repurposing with purpose, the brand uses Rose Sylk plant derivative fabrics and upcycled deadstock from the Kantamonto market in Ghana to drive a more sustainable textile economy. An advocate of self-expression and self-realization, her designs use exaggerated, layered silhouettes, asymmetric cuts of florals, hand-dyed gradations and psychedelics, layered with a riot of ribbons, lace, rhinestones and ruffles to create an exuberant kaleidoscopic post-punk statement.
In this collection, Collina Strada embraces the energy of chaos. The world has changed, and Hillary Taymour wants us to be hopeful—free to live like queens, whether farm, skater or prom in a world of pragmatic excess. Up-cycling and eco-consciousness are still at the center, with print-on-print, layer-on-layer ensembles of oranges, greens, yellows and blues. Florals and patchworks abound in voluminous asymmetries, bias cuts, ruffles, denims and satins – this is a garden of delights. After an enforced virtual hiatus, it’s a celebration of the exuberant physicality of clothing.