It was the dress seen around the world last summer. You know the dress. The gorgeous green dress with ruffle front Blake Lively wore in Paris while shooting scenes for the current season of Gossip Girl. Tongues wagged, fingers typed feverishly on the computer to find the designer of that coveted dress, Trish Wescoat Pound of Haute Hippie. After stints at Micheal Kors and Theory, Trish founded her Haute Hippie line in 2008. Describing her label something “you can actually be comfy and dressed up, which is a novel concept,” the designer is is at the top of the list of many celebrities and fashionistas looking for carefree yet glamorous dresses and separates to vamp up their style.
Pound’s quest to create the “ultimate closet” has paid of significantly. Her collection resonated the Bohemian spirit of the ’70s infused with the glamour of the ’20s, which are both evident in the beading and embellishment techniques and feminine silhouettes of her collection. The collection is a labor of love for Pound, who creates each piece out of her New York City apartment. A closer look at each piece and you’ll see the passion, talent and love that each garment receives. Haute Hippie is a favorite of celebrities like Blake Lively, Beyonce Knowles, Miley Cyrus, Vanessa Hudgens, Maria Maneunos, Gwen Stephani, Nikki Reed, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Dakota Fanning, Jessica Lowndes and Jessica Alba.
Pound recently held a party on the rooftop of her Manhattan showroom for press, buyers and close friends to showcase her Fall 2011 collection, with a special performance by soulful singer Marla Joy, an up and coming artist you should be on the lookout for. The Haute Hippie Fall 2011 collection is sexy, sophisticated, and timeless. Pieces that can pass off as either vintage, think intricate glamorous ’20s era beading and sequins mixed in with the Bohemian aesthetic Haute Hippie is known for. Knit sweaters were trimmed with faux fur, a silver sequin mini dress nonchalantly dressed down with an over-sized gray sweater, an embellished cream dress paired up with a cropped faux fur jacket and an elegant deep red sequined skirt unexpectedly styled with a soft t shirt, leather jacket and a faux fur.