HILTON HEADS TO KENTUCKY
Designer Hilton Hollis is on the road yet again and he’s headed to Kentucky with fresh new signature pieces to add to our favorite contemporary classics. We had a chat with him en route from Tennessee. Hilton is as generous as he is charming! Here’s what he had to say:
CM: Hi Hilton! What’s new this spring?
HH: Spring for me is the season of renewal, and now more than ever! Everyone’s ready to get out, get social – and get dressed up again.
CM: I second that! Can you explain how this concept of renewal translates into your designs?
HH: For me, it means adding a bit of whimsy and joy to the classics. I’m thinking of the flouncy, asymmetrical peplum in our Pink Cotton Tech Peplum Dress. Or the shimmer in the stripes of our Opalescent Stripe Dress, with its feminine three-quarter pouf sleeve. We want to have some fun!
These are designs of our time, for our times, for women who want to dress for their generation. And no one needs to compromise comfort for style! It all comes down to tailoring: attention to detailing with the best technical fabrics globally sourced from Portugal, France, Italy and Japan. This means the clothes stretch and move with you.
CM: What’s your favorite piece in the HH lookbook?
HH: Have you seen our Shacket?? It’s a shirt-jacket made with a luxurious technical fabric that hangs (and breathes) on the body, just like silk. Paired with cargo pants in the same material, we find ways to elevate the everyday. Clients tell me these pieces are “the most comfortable thing in my closet,” and yet they’re also the epitome of good taste
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Hilton uses his immense talent to create timeless modern classics that transcend the ordinary into extraordinary. As an artist of fashion, Hilton continues to evolve and test the boundaries of what his customers relate to. This approach has landed Hilton coverage in countless media sources: NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, The New York Times, WWD and Modern Luxury.
Hilton, an inveterate traveler, gathers inspiration from people and places around the globe, but his creativity is fully ignited by something much closer to home, his clients. “I listen to their feedback when they try on pieces from the collection, which not only sparks new ideas, but also deepens my understanding of what they want. Real women, who choose to wear my clothes in their real lives, teach me the most. Providing what they need is the best reward.”
Hilton continues to use his time and talent to help those in need. His commitment to his alma mater, the Fashion Institute of Technology, and countless other institutions have earned him recognition as a top source for the process of design and fashion business expertise. Hilton also uses his resources to better the world around him through his work with countless women’s groups, cancer organizations and local charities in his home state of Mississippi.
Hilton and his dog, Rexton spend their mornings in Central Park and between New York’s Upper West Side and Porto, Portugal.