Designer 101: Luella

daddy, I want a pony

One of my favourite ever dresses is a Luella Bartley design – the yellow tea roses dress (first seen on Alexa Chung) with the heart cutout over the neckline, which I featured in this post here.  This dress, from Luella’s final collection for Spring 2010 is the definitive Luella aesthetic.  Über feminine & youthful with a dash of whimsy.  Luella is quite clearly a British designer, who was not afraid to take artistic liberties, such as dressing her models as witches for Fall 2008 Ready-to-Wear (I for one am obsessed – I want grey crimped & teased hair down to my belly-button compete with an unapologetic black witches hat).  Luella collections were never too serious – naming her first collection in 1999, “Daddy, I want a Pony” & Spring consistently looked like a proper British garden tea party.  Luella is certainly missed at London Fashion Week.  Luella ceased following a Spring 2010 RTW collection and Bartley moved on to a new venture – Hillier Bartley.

Spring 2002 Ready-to-Wear

Luella 2002 Spring RTW
Luella 2002 Spring RTW
Luella 2002 Spring RTW
Luella 2002 Spring RTW

Fall 2002 Ready-to-Wear

Luella 2002 Fall RTW
Luella 2002 Fall RTW
Luella 2002 Fall RTW
Luella 2002 Fall RTW
Luella 2002 Fall RTW
Luella 2002 Fall RTW

Spring 2003 Ready-to-Wear

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Luella 2003 Spring RTW
Luella 2003 Spring RTW
Luella 2003 Spring RTW
Luella 2003 Spring RTW
Luella 2003 Spring RTW
Luella 2003 Spring RTW
Luella 2003 Spring RTW

Fall 2003 Ready-to-Wear

Luella 2003 Fall RTW

Spring 2005 Ready-to-Wear

Luella 2005 Spring RTW
Luella 2005 Spring RTW

Fall 2005 Ready-to-Wear

Luella 2005 Fall RTW
Luella 2005 Fall RTW
Luella 2005 Fall RTW
Luella 2005 Fall RTW
Luella 2005 Fall RTW
Luella 2005 Fall RTW
Luella 2005 Fall RTW

Spring 2006 Ready-to-Wear

Luella 2006 Spring RTW

Fall 2006 Ready-to-Wear

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Luella 2006 Fall RTW
Luella 2006 Fall RTW
Luella 2006 Fall RTW
Luella 2006 Fall RTW
Luella 2006 Fall RTW
Luella 2006 Fall RTW
Luella 2006 Fall RTW
Luella 2006 Fall RTW
Luella 2006 Fall RTW

Spring 2007 Ready-to-Wear

Luella 2007 Spring RTW
Luella 2007 Spring RTW

Fall 2007 Ready-to-Wear

Luella 2007 Fall RTW
Luella 2007 Fall RTW
Luella 2007 Fall RTW
Luella 2007 Fall RTW
Luella 2007 Fall RTW

Spring 2008 Ready-to-Wear

Luella 2008 Spring RTW
Luella 2008 Spring RTW
Luella 2008 Spring RTW
Luella 2008 Spring RTW
Luella 2008 Spring RTW

Fall 2008 Ready-to-Wear

Luella 2008 Fall RTW
Luella 2008 Fall RTW
Luella 2008 Fall RTW
Luella 2008 Fall RTW
Luella 2008 Fall RTW
Luella 2008 Fall RTW
Luella 2008 Fall RTW
Luella 2008 Fall RTW
Luella 2008 Fall RTW

Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Luella 2009 Spring RTW
Luella 2009 Spring RTW
Luella 2009 Spring RTW
Luella 2009 Spring RTW
Luella 2009 Spring RTW

Fall 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Luella 2009 Fall RTW
Luella 2009 Fall RTW
Luella 2009 Fall RTW
Luella 2009 Fall RTW

Spring 2010 Ready-to-Wear

Luella 2010 Spring RTW
Luella 2010 Spring RTW
Luella 2010 Spring RTW
Luella 2010 Spring RTW
Luella 2010 Spring RTW
Luella 2010 Spring RTW
Luella 2010 Spring RTW
Luella 2010 Spring RTW
Luella 2010 Spring RTW
Luella 2010 Spring RTW
Luella 2010 Spring RTW

Photos courtesy of Vogue.com

xx Sheila

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