Did you enjoy your experience at Fashion Fringe at Covent Garden?
AP - I did! I learned a lot about the business side of fashion – the mentoring was really worth while as they covered every aspect of launching a fashion business. I’ve been working as a designer since I graduated in 2001 with a BA in Textiles so I knew whether I won or not that I would continue my work as designer.
What inspired your collection?
AP - I was inspired by a trip to the Natural History Museum in London where I found the dinosaur bones really fascinating. I wanted to create really intricately constructed knits with a modern silhouette influenced by Japanese architecture.
Tell us about your evening wear and corset dresses.
AP - I’ve done evening wear for several seasons and this season I’ve introduced the corset. My dresses are very easy to wear, this collection is quite sculptural and flatters the female form. I really design with my customer in mind. These dresses are made to be worn. I use soft durable fabric such as silks and my colour palette silver midnight blue, petrol and ochre suits a variety of skin tones.
Your collection is very technical: it’s very unusual to see pleated knitwear. How do you develop your techniques?
AP - I spent two years at the Royal College of Art developing a new way of constructing knitwear which teams traditional techniques with unconventional methods, which results in no fabric waste. I am constantly researching the capabilities of modern machinery and developing my technique, which is what really drives me as a knitwear designer.
What designers have influenced your work, or who do you admire?
AP - I have always loved Azzedine Alaia for the femininity of his designs and Issey Miyake for the innovation.
What’s next for you?
AP - I’m taking my collection to Paris do a showroom at Zip Zone. I’ve arranged meeting with buyers and I’m meeting some editors too. I’m really looking forward to Paris.
What brand do you sit well against?
AP - William Tempest, Marios Shwarb, Azzedine Alaia and Basso & Brooke.
Will you be showing in London next season?
AP - I’m looking forward to working on my next collection and doing a catwalk in London.
You’ve also had a diffusion line, AP for several seasons, where does it sell?
AP - The A/W 2010 collection will be launched on ASOS soon and is also available at CocoLove and Coco Boutique.
You can vist Alice Palmer in Paris at Zip Zone:
Zip Zone Louvre
111 Rue de Rivoli
Room Salon Rivoili
1st - 3rd October 10am-7pm
4th October 10am – 5pm
Young British Designers,
Machine A, London
Blank Boutique, Saudi Arabia
Alan Journo, Italy
Images courtesy of Catwalking.com