Holidays are approaching fast! Besides gifts, it’s time to pick out holiday outfits for those yearly family portraits or holiday cards. One of our favorite go-to haute-labels is Little Miss Galia, made for the coolest, cutest, most fashion-forward little girls. From the funky leopard tights to the sequin covered tee, Little Miss Galia separates are definitely must-haves! This week we got to catch up with the label’s founder, Alia Charvel. She gives us the scoop of what it takes to design clothing for young girls, her inspirations and what to expect for her upcoming collection for Spring 2015.
Little Miss Galia was named after your daughter-is your daughter’s personality reflected in the line? Has it changed with her as she grows and builds her character?
The line is a reflection of Galia’s personality, cool yet girly. By age three, she was wrapping mannequins with fabrics and pins and making her own designs. She is four years old now, and the more she grows the greater the influence she has on my work. Now Galia’s starting to tell me what she wants to see in the line! The evolution of the brand is really reflected in the SS15 collection.
For me, the color and the kind of fabrics define the path of each new collection. Galia’s influence is seen throughout the line, from the color stories to the cuts and folds of the fabric.
My daughter has a strong influence on me even when it comes to choosing a color palette. While she doesn’t directly determine what colors make the season’s collection, I look to her for color inspiration. I always like to see what colors she paints her nails because she has a knack for picking future color trends!
How do you distinguish your line from others in the market?
I work hard to translate current trends from women’s fashion into pieces for the little ones. My brand is unique, creating timeless looks that are current yet classic at the same time.
Were you a super-fashionable kid? What’s your style now?
I’ve always loved fashion and have dressed myself since I can remember. I remember wearing my mom’s sweaters even though they would come down to my knees. Oh, and she had this great black hat that I loved to wear them with! I was always trying to dress like an adult when I was a kid. I don’t know that I have a defined style. While I enjoy fashion, I always put my own clean and minimalistic spin on current trends.
When designing specific pieces how do you go about mixing materials and making patterns that are trendy yet stylish? What materials do you like to work with? Why?
The color and the different fabrics that I pick for each season are the two factors that define the path of the collection. Overall I like clean shapes and non-flashy fabrics. I’ll take a top from my fall collection and make it an open back for my spring line. Sometimes these uniquely reimagined designs end up becoming my statement pieces. I love tweeds because they have such a stylish feel. I like any fabric that has its own personality. For example, the animal themed fabrics from my fall 2014 collection were woven just beautifully. I also use vegan leather a lot because it adds some edge to the pieces.
Do moms provide with feedback on your designs? How do you go about incorporating what parents want into the cool fashionable approach?
Yes, I love feedback! I always listen to what my customers, especially their daughters, have to say about my work.
What did you do before this? What’s your background?
My background is in graphic design, and I have a degree in fashion as well. Before Little Miss Galia, I started a women’s clothing line under my name. That line was only sold in Mexico City. We were in our third season when I had Galia. I found it difficult to continue the line with my new role as a mom. Two years after she was born, I started Little Miss Galia to combine the two things that I love the most–my daughter and fashion.
What are you most looking forward to this holiday season? Where do you spend it?
Winter is my favorite season. I love the cold weather, the Christmas trees, and the winter clothes. In Mexico we have a lot of traditions. My favorites are the posadas, or the big gatherings and parties held before Christmas each year. Galia gets so excited about Santa-it’s priceless! Overall, I just want to be with my family, in my hometown, or where I live in Monterrey.
What do we have to look forward to for spring 2015?
Spring 2015 is super special for me because it’s back to basics. I created another women’s line using the same fabrics and styles as I did for Little Miss Galia. My concept is for mothers and daughters to dress alike without compromising style or practicality. I use the same fabrics and similar designs for both. For me, spring 2015 is a more polished collection. Think plenty of tweed, pastel colors with metallic accents, and statement pieces like open back dresses, and basics that work with everything. I really hope you like it!
Check out her most current collection at Babesta.com/threads. Interview by Maria Burgos