Alison Lewis is great for a lot of reasons: she’s fun, has cute bangs, likes cupcakes, obsessed with Twilight (and Robert Pattinson), and last but not least, she makes amazing clothes. Lewis started her first clothing line a few years ago with a friend called Mooka Kinney, a collection of girly jumpers and A-line dresses. Now, a little older and wiser, Lewis has enthusiastically started her own line, simply called, Lewis (that's one of her dresses in the photo). “The line is vintage-inspired with a modern twist, feminine and pretty,” says the 25-year-old from her West Village apartment. “I wanted to make clothes that would stand the test of time and not fade with the trends; pieces women could keep in their closets for years.”
We chatted with her to pick her brain on everything from Gossip Girl to her favorite photographers to career advice!
I Heart Daily: Where do you get your inspiration for your designs? Alison Lewis: Everywhere! Lately, art has been an amazing influence (New York is a good place to be for that). William Eggleston and Bruce Davidson photos have helped inspire the Fall line I'm working on right now, along with vintage circus images I collected.
IHD: What did you study in school? Lewis: I studied Creative Advertising at the University of Boulder, Colorado, but I was always interested in fashion. I didn't realize it was what I wanted to do until after college.
IHD: Do you think it's necessary to go to fashion school? Lewis: Not necessarily. I’m sure fashion school would have been an amazing experience, but because I didn't go, I don’t have the standard training. I have my own way of doing things, which can sometimes give a new perspective and be a good thing.
IHD: We heard you love Gossip Girl -- who do you think has the best style on the show? Lewis: Being a huge fan of Gossip Girl, I love Blair's style, I think it's so classic yet modern. I also like Jenny Humphrey's -- she is a little more alternative, a little more edgy. I would love to dress either of them.
IHD: Do you have any celebrity fans? Lewis: Jenny Lewis and Zooey Deschanel are both fans of the line and I recently emailed with Frances Bean Cobain who was interested in getting some pieces, which was so exciting!
IHD: What advice would you give to other aspiring young designers? Lewis: I think the most important thing is to just follow your vision and don't let other people tell you how you are "supposed" to do things. I think doing things differently and your own way will give you a more unique product in the end. Don't be afraid to ask people for help. I got most my [fashion] contacts from just asking everyone around me: the people at the fabric store, or button store or whatever. Lastly, don't let people tell you can't do it!