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Designer Hayley Paige, 26, whose eponymous collection is exclusive to Now & Forever Bridal Boutique, was in town for a trunk show and girl talk. She’s the youngest in the JLM Couture stable and a Cornell grad—in pre-med and fashion design—who cut her teeth at Jill Stuart, Marchesa and Melissa Sweet, so we had to know more. 3701 Kirby Drive, 713.218.0369
California-born Paige puts her personality into designs like the Kiki, which has an ombré peplum skirt.
Dresses to Thrill
Staff Writer | June 14, 2012
Why study medicine and fashion? My mom is an interior designer and my dad is a general surgeon.
Why did fashion win? I was studying for a mid-term in a Cornell chemistry lab at 4am, and followed it up with an all-nighter in the design lab, finishing a wedding dress. It was very clear I was much happier designing dresses than solving carbon equations. I was attracted to the emotion value in both professions, but recognized a nurturing connection to my creative talent through design. I got gown happy!
Describe your aesthetic. I love to accent a woman’s form, and I like to do a lot with the backs. That’s my thing. I like a crisscross back, laser-cut work, Swiss dot—textured details. I’m not big on bling, but twinkle.
For whom do you design? The girl who doesn’t take herself too seriously, but who also has a sense of self. She’s adventurous, vivacious and always believes that something wonderful is about to happen.
Who would you most like to dress? Pippa Middleton, of course! I understood her sister’s choice to go refined and traditional, but I would put Pippa in something a little more va-va-voom and statement-making.
If you married tomorrow, what gown? I would create a little love child, combining the crystalized sheer illusion corset back from Gianna (spring 2012) and the trickling petal detail from Babs (fall 2012), and finish it off with pink-to-ivory ombré.
How’s Houston? It’s been a very welcoming experience, and I love the weather! Vo and Kim [from N&F] took me to a chic Japanese hot spot. I knew Texas was known for Tex-Mex, but I had no idea the sushi was just as top-notch!