Inspired by the adventures of life, Harriet Doran The Label is created through a love for street style, playful fashion and double denim. The first collection from the quirky label made quite the splash in Melbourne, and the second is now making waves.
Cactus Sitting is a nod to the textural elements of the desert, juxtaposing its harsh and arid environment, with its often serene and desolate ambience. Designer Harriet hasn’t swayed far from her love of denim and raw fibers, translating her new source of inspiration clearly. “I collect cactus at home, I just love all of the different shapes and textures, and the entire collection was inspired by them.”
The playful collection sees a few new shapes and colours for Harriet Doran, whilst still maintaining the easy-everyday silhouette that the label is well known for. “I’m a very tactile person so I’ve used raw natural fibers that have been washed and fringed, to give that extra textural element to each garment. I love effortless dressing too, so all of my silhouettes are free-feeling and easily mixed and matched with other pieces in the collection.”
Pushing her boundaries and introducing a new palette, Harriet has tried something new with the colours of the Cactus Sitting collection too. “I’ve always wanted to experiment with hand painting and my own prints, so I decided to paint the cactus around my house. I was feeling really calm and at peace when I was painting, so the pastel colours came through in the collection. I mixed with these my obsession with denim and the Cactus Sitting collection came alive!”
Harriet defines her label as ‘exploratory, modern and fun’, and that is certainly true with her latest collection. Fine gold trims and delicate fringed details tie the collection together, and the way in which Harriet brings denim into the modern fashion world again and again, is unique and original.
The Fashion Advocate x