Behind the Seams with Doo.Ri



What inspired your Fall 2010 collection?

For Fall 2010 I wanted to focus on tailoring and draping. I love the combination of the two and I wanted to explore how they could exist together. I have a natural tendency toward draping so adding a more rigid construction allows me to see softer shapes from a different angle.


How did you go about designing the prints in this collection?

There were also two types of prints to help with the marriage of tailoring and draping. A softer, more painterly print and a geometric, linear print. The softer prints started off as watercolors, which were then developed digitally, and the geometric print was inspired by a glass mosaics. This season we wanted the prints to be more about representing surface textures.



Which part of the design process do you like the best?

The part I like the most is the beginning of the collection. The start of the collection is when it is just about developing ideas. I love researching different artists, draping new shapes, sketching anything that comes to mind, or re-developing an idea that never had the time to be completed. The beginning of the collection is a series of endless possibilities, which is why it is the process I enjoy the most.



How is the Doo.Ri brand growing in 2010?

We continue to grow our secondary line and hope to add accessories to the mix.


If you could sit front row at a fashion show for any designer in history, who would it be and why?

It would be the first collection either Yohji or Comme Des Garcons debuted in Paris. These two designers were and still are some of my favorites. When I was a student I loved their complete aesthetic – the color black and the exaggerated proportions. It was a strange type of beauty that I instantly fell in love with. I still consider myself a student of Fashion and still respect and admire the two designers, yet why I admire them now is for their amazing pattern work. As a designer who always began by draping I am amazed that all of their work is flat patterned.



How do you celebrate finishing a collection?

We normally do an after show dinner with staff. There are so many people involved in making a collection come together and the process can be intense and stressful- especially on very little sleep. Having an after party dinner is a way to thank everyone who has worked so hard as well as blow off steam- but also to celebrate no more working weekends and sleepless nights!


If a girl was going to purchase her first Doo.Ri piece, what would you want it to be?

A signature draped Jersey dress.