The collection is called Northern Links taking shape and colour inspiration from initial research held at the London Underground Northern Line extension. Silhouette inspiration came from the Northern Underground rave scene in the 90s, mixed with the glamour of Studio 54, merging eras. This, in turn, formed a collection encasing glamorous swimwear, which can be repurposed for everyday wear. The collection also showcases bright sporty raving attire including outerwear and trousers seen in such eras.
When it came to the research and researching the underground rave scene, I wanted to find some inspiration linking to the North being a northern girl herself. When researching a style of hardcore dance called Bouncy techno appeared, developed in Scotland and Northern England in the early 90s. The research continued and went to look at nightclubs in the 1970s and the defining era of disco, focusing on celebrity hang out Studio 54.
The colour pallet for Millies, Northern Links collection was taken from photographs of the underground works. The colours also link back to the builders and their uniforms and incorporated a mixture of soft, dark and bright tones and just a little pop of shiny and reflective silvers. The final collection used a range of high quality materials including recycled nylon for all the swimwear and some deadstock included in the outerwear. The collection can be mixed and matched effortlessly.