Felicity Brown: Unparalleled Fashion
Elegance. It’s the first word that comes to mind when I think of Felicity Brown. It’s almost a fantasy looking at her collections, like something you might see in Alice in Wonderland; free-flowing fabrics with beautiful patterns, layers upon layers of intricate designs and encompassing colors. The levels of creativity among her designs are unparalleled. It’s no wonder that Felicity Brown is now a world-wide sensation.
Felicity Brown is an English born fashion designer based out of Dubai. She started her textile education at the Glasglow School of Art and later attended the Royal College of Art in London. Brown worked for many famous brand names including Alberta Ferretti, Loewe, Mulberry and Lanvin. Shortly after her career at Lanvin she created her own brand. Brown attributes a lot of success to her brother, Henry Brown. “If it hadn’t been for him I’d still be sitting in my flat in Vauxhall thinking about it all…he’s really pushed me forward,” said Brown in an interview with Vogue.
Felicity Brown was officially launched in February 2010 to rave reviews at the Vauxhall Fashion Scout. Although her line is in its infancy it has received nothing but positive feedback. “Raw yet refined, the collection shows the amazing attention for detail and fantastic creative talent that has marked Felicity’s career to date,” said Vogue Italia of Brown’s collection.
Brown’s collections embody the fierce and bold woman but still maintain the classic look from an older period. Her first collection was inspired by Victorian lady explorers in Africa, such as Mary Kingsley. She used long skirts and collared shirts in an Old English fashion but added a modern flair. Some of her most recent works are inspirited by famous renaissance painters such as Dumas and Picasso. Her knowledge is expansive and she draws upon abstract ideas to bring about unique creations that embody beauty and personality.
Moving from a workspace with multiple people to her own brand was a change for her, but it turned out to be a change for the better. “I think the main difference from working in a team to working on your own is that it’s quite isolated,” she says. “It’s taxing as you’re always questioning yourself, but it means I listen to my own voice. It’s been a great exercise but I would like to take on a new designer in the future,” said Brown in an interview Vogue. She continued to say that the alone time has helped develop her creativity but she gets so caught up in her designing that her brother has to pull her away from her work.
Brown has had a few changes in her life recently. “I had a baby not long ago – and [I] call it the Phoebe Philo effect – but, like her, I had to tone things down,” she told Vogue. Her line toned down immensely and she started designing daywear. Still sticking to her couture roots and artistic design, Brown managed to create a fun relaxed look for every day wear.
After just having her third child, Brown has decided to take her time with the next line. “Being true to what I do and continuing in creating special pieces, and to stay away from becoming too commercial. I’d like to continue being a good mum to my children and hopefully have more time to spend on my second passion: gardening,” she said in an interview with GALO. And finally wise last words from Brown about how to be successful in fashion “Stay true to your vision. Don’t run before you can walk. Start small, but powerful, and grow slowly.”
-Stormm Van Rooi