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Following a jungle-inspired spring collection with local painter Bradley Kerl, Houston-based label Isabel Wilson has teamed up with textile designer Lucas Taurins to debut a splattering summer drop. It was first previewed at Round Top's quarterly antique show this past March, and now, Wilson's latest collection is ready to shop.
The 12-piece cluster breaks into six dresses, three blouses, two skirts, and one pair of pants identical to her personal style. "I just saw fashion as the kind of world you could create the most fun textiles," Wilson tells Houstonia. “I've always been drawn to color and just wanted to make flattering clothing that my friends could wear."
Throughout the collection, Wilson created a custom paint splatter, which she used on a pair of pants, a flowy midi skirt, and a puffy-sleeved frock. The inspiration for the chromatic compilation came from a children's painting class she taught at Glassell Junior School. An obsession with vivid designs, mesmerizing prints, and bold colors is the designer’s ethos.
Taurins and Wilson's crocheted collaboration of a maxi dress with paint splatters.
"Taurins understands the skill of knitting, so I gave him a sketch of what I wanted, and he just executed it," Wilson says. "The splatter in the form of a crochet is a very technical thing, so it was an exciting balance like this free-for-all painting turned into a tricky knit piece."
Graduating in textile design from the Rhode Island School of Design, Wilson has worked with major labels like Marc Jacobs, Nicole Miller, and Dolce Vita. Locally, she has done stitching for the Houston Ballet, a costume assistant for Houston’s Cirque du Soleil, and taught textile design and apparel at The High School for Performing and Visual Arts.
Wilson appears to be elated now that she's back in Houston after being based in New York for seven years. While she’s developed an impressive 10 years' worth of design experience on her resume, why move back home?
“I don't think people need New York to make it as an artist or creative because of the internet and social media. I hadn't ever lived here as an adult, but I wanted to because it's easier,” she says. “Dreams of having a storefront are much more possible in Houston because of the connections. I started as a tailor in town and gradually became a business owner. Because of that, my brand is so one-on-one with the people I'm selling clothes to."
The summer collection ranges from $105 - $450, with sizing starting from XXS - XXL. A handful of her new pieces, including garments made by Taurins, are available to purchase online, while the entire collection is in-store at Jardín in Montrose.