I have been a massive fan of Hayley Scanlan since I first clapped eyes on her geometric prints in her degree show back in 2009. Since then it has been a pleasure to follow her career and watch as each collection (and her point of view) grows stronger and stronger. After obsessing over her last collection ‘Queen of Hearts’ and only just getting over the disappointment of missing her SS14 launch in Dundee last month, I caught up with Hayley for the full low-down on her new collection ‘Love Me Tender’ and her journey so far.
The main inspiration behind “Love Me Tender” was Alabama Worley from the Cult Tarrentino film “True Romance“. I watched it years ago and she’s always stuck in my head & I’ve always wanted to use her as a muse. I thought she was perfect to incorporate with the major trends this season too. I didn’t want to make it too obvious but the reference was there in my mind throughout the whole process. She’s really girly yet exceedingly cool. I also love the whole Elvis & Rock’n’Roll reference in the film and named it “Love Me Tender” as that was my Supergrans favourite song. It was a tribute to her as she first taught me to sew when I was 4 years old.
As a designer and starting from the bottom I think I am constantly learning new things, I keep trying to push myself into using new styles, fabrics and techniques each season which is a true sign of the development and growth. I’m constantly learning and still always feel I’m learning something new every time, it’s an exciting process!
Yes, the leather biker jacket is my absolute dream jacket. It’s so beautiful, sometimes I look at it and can’t believe we done that!
Hmm, I really love snakeskin and have used it quite a lot since I started, I’ve read people say that’s my “staple”. I think probably something really simple with detail, maybe the biker skirts or new biker dresses. To me that’s what Hayley Scanlan represents, being able to make a simple, wearable shape unique & beautiful through the added detail.
I couldn’t have put it better myself! You launched the collection in your home town Dundee and I was so gutted to miss it (thank God for Instagram!) A little birdie tells me you have been working with Debenahams on a second pop up shop, please tell me this time it’s Glasgow?!
The launch in Dundee was such a brilliant night and the response to the new collection has absolutely blown me away. The sales have hit an all time high! And yes! We are coming to Debenhams, Argyle st, Glasgow for our first pop up shop there, 29th May – 2nd June and we are really excited about it!!
And there you have it! I cannot wait to finally see Love me Tender in the flesh! Rumour has it Hayley will also have some limited edition designs available which were created exclusively for the collaboration! I smell a spending spree coming on! See you on the 29th in Debenhams then peeps?