Erin Barr Fall 2013

From the desk of: Tiffany Olson

I had the pleasure of attending Erin Barr‘s beautiful Fall 2013 fashion show on Thursday night during New York Fashion Week. Inspired by the landscape and energy of Northern Wisconsin, this collection gave a nod to a more sensual side of woodsy nature. Strategic cut-outs and slits were spotted throughout the collection.

My Interview with Erin Barr:

Me: Tell me about this collection in your own words:

Erin: This season is about going back to nature, after the last collection, which was a little bit more girly and bold and graphic. I wanted to dive into more of a natural element.  I spent some time up in my parents’ cabin – much needed down time! I was just so inspired by where I came from and all of the natural textures and colors, and that’s where this really started from. But it’s so much very the Erin Barr girl: tomboy with a little feminine side. This season you are going to see a little bit more masculinity coming out, a little more of a tougher girl, and maybe that’s just me personally evolving in the industry.

Me: What should I tell the CupcakeMAG readers to buy if they wanted a piece of this Erin Barr collection?

Erin: I think what’s great about this collection is that there are the easy button up shirts that look good on everyone, so I’d say the one thing you want to start with is a button up shirt.  But if you want to really just dive into it, the dresses are all just gorgeous. They have a bit of a stronger more angular feel – so they’re very fashion forward but based on very basic shapes so they look flattering on a lot of body types. They kind of hide what we don’t want to show, but they still move and don’t just completely hug to your body.

Me: Can you tell me a little bit about your transition from hair and makeup to designing clothes? (So cool!)

Erin: Well I spent a long time working for top hair and makeup artists, here in New York. I came here when I was about 20. Being from Wisconsin, it wasn’t really an acceptable career path to be a fashion designer. I always was pulling from magazines and editorials, so I guess looking back it was a natural progression. I just wanted more and wanted to create the full look, and that’s what made me want to go back to school and pursue this.

Designer Erin Barr and I, after our interview.

Another great collection from Erin Barr! Everyone make sure to look for her pieces in a store near you, or check out her website {here}!

From the program:

Fall 2013 will mark Erin Barr’s fourth successful season and her very first runway show during New York Fashion Week. Inspired by her time spent at her family’s cabin in Northern Wisconsin, Erin utilized the landscapes and natural energy of the “Northwoods” to help create her Fall/Winter 2013 collection. Exploring her surroundings in terms of texture and color (think tonal values of green like forest, sage, verdigris and pine up against ice and twilight blue) led to Erin delving deeper into the idea of the sensuality of nature, especially in contrast to the sensuality of the female form.

About Erin Barr:

Barr, a Wisconsin native, began her career in fashion as a hair and make-up artist. After graduating from the Aveda Institute in Minneapolis, Barr was offered a job in New York where she remained for three years. Although working at top salons, garnering a celebrity clientele, and working on editorial shoots, Barr yearned to design a more complete vision. She moved to London to study fashion design at Central Saint Martin’s college of Art and Design. After a year, Barr returned to the States to complete her studies at Parson’s School of Design, which she followed up with an internship at Alexander Wang and a design assistant position at Cushnie Et Ochs. The Spring 2012 season found Erin Barr debuting her own eponymous collection.


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