A vintage dress has been my fail-safe 'go-to' for most of the big events in my life - from my school 'prom' at 16 in a black retro sheath dress, to the vintage green silk maxi I wore last month to pick up our 'best ethical brand' award at the Good Web Guide Awards. While vintage fashion has been a personal style passion for decades, its also the inspiration behind our Dilli Grey designs.
Growing up across Asia, my mum's vintage wardrobe of floaty dresses and boho tunics were a constant inspiration to me - and now, with the launch of the brand new Sofia dress, it feels like we've come full circle.
Here's a snap of my mum in the 70s, on one of our many adventures, looking imminently cool atop a sand dune, barefoot in a Land Rover, with two toddlers (my sister and I) in tow -
With my fashion hat on - I'm drawn to the memory of this dress, the volume in the sleeve, the border print placement around the cuff and hem - the 70s palette of blacks and reds. So this season, I decided to recreate the essence of the dress in a new modern shape, The Sofia.
Working with our printers in Jaipur, I chose a range of heritage prints from the archives that played with scale and felt evocative of that easy, 70s boho vibe. From the bold blooms of the lower skirt, to the pretty repeat boothi print across the sleeves and body. The caramel, black and pomegranate red palette is a direct reference to my mum's original dress but feels so modern and wearable now, too. I wore the samples as soon as they were made in India and it immediately felt like a dress I'd had forever; its such an easy, throw-on shape that feels effortless yet special.
Back in London it hasn't stopped being in my weekly wash pile - as the seasons change I just add layers; skinny black polo neck underneath, biker jacket on top - or a big chunky knit which instantly turns it into a maxi skirt feel. With tights and biker boots it's perfect - I want to move away from 'seasonal' wardrobes and just style my favourite pieces more cleverly all-year-round - pic above was me just this week in our Barnes Store.
I hope you love it too! It's the first launch of 2020, with more beautiful, wardrobe hero dresses to come over the coming months. As ever, the Sofia will be hand-screen printed in a limited run by our artisans in Jaipur.