Former Yale roommates Lillian Barry and Helen Milson merged their love of travel with their love of fashion, creating the Lila Horn Collection. They were especially influenced by their travels in India and the rich colors and intricate prints found in the textiles there.
Spurred on by a lack of garments in the market that met their New York lifestyle needs, the two women set out to marry their modern western aesthetic with the rich textile history and techniques of India. Focusing on the Indian technique of custom hand block printed fabric, the Lila Horn designers work each season with a master Indian artisan and create the original prints used in their collections.
For Lila Horn Fall 2012, the designers concentrated on sleek modern silhouettes with playful accents like contrast peter pan collars, pockets and sleeves. A very colorful collection, the line ranged from raspberry, orchid purple and neon blue to basic black and white with abstract prints inspired by Indian temples. Primarily utilizing Indian silks, the duo also introduced some jersey into the collection for a collection that is both fun and wearable.
While the two woman team will continue to draw inspiration from India and its textiles, they are also interested in expanding to collaborate with local artisans from other parts of the world. Lila Horn is a company that definitely accomplishes its goal of bridging the East to the West!