Interview With Fashion Designer Elise Overland

New York Fashion Week, Spring 2009: Elise Overland Is on a Rock 'n' Roll Safari

On a dreary Fashion Week day, I popped into the Elise Overland Spring presentation. It was an evening function, so glasses were being sipped and — oh look, it's hottie Jamie Burke, blush — Safari-inspired clothes were being modeled. Elise Overland is no newcomer, and her clothes continue to receive praise and press alike. I caught up with the designer, who was chatting with friends Courtney Cox Arquette (who was friends with the show's stylist) and Laura Dern.

What was your inspiration for this Spring?

My inspiration was a trip to the Sahara. I wanted to capture those cool, nighttime earthy colors. A more romantic palette.

Were there are any big challenges this time around?

Not really, I think there are just constant challenges as a designer. Merchandising the collections is one.

Who do you envision wearing your clothes?

A strong woman, she can be any age; it's more of an attitude. She has a bit of a rock 'n' roll edge. She's sophisticated.

To read the rest of my exclusive interview and to see more of Elise's Spring collection, read more.

Your clothes do always scream rock 'n' roll. Where else do you draw inspiration from?

How I live my life.

Which is your favorite look from this collection?

All of them — it depends on the time of day you're asking me.

What is a signature Elise Overland piece?

A little leather jacket and a silk dress you can just throw over your head.

Heels or flats?

Barefoot!

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