Project Runway’s Alison Kelly & Her New Line Dahl: The Little Mini Dress That Could!

Alison Kelly on where the name of her line ‘Dahl’ came from:

“It’s from my middle name, which is my Swedish grandmother’s maiden name, Dahlgren. She is no longer with us and she’d adore what I am doing now… I was such a tomboy when she was here. There are also no men left in our family, so I want the name to stay alive.

Alison had this to say about where the inspiration come from:

“I’ve been musing over later Victorian pieces lately. The Anglomania show at the Met was exceptional, right aside my aesthetic, expect romantic. Also look for Victorian pieces, a complimentary jewelry collection that has been designed by Rachel Leigh & myself, chains, bracelets & earrings that are made from mixed metals, crystals, etc. We took a romantic angle, using old keys, hearts with pins, tour eiffels, etc.”

And had this to say about her early designing days:

“My mother taught my sister and me to sew when were very young. We would design outfits for our cabbage patch dolls with complimenting outfits for ourselves. For each holiday or special occasion, my mother would let us choose the fabric to design our ensembles, so I acquired a very specific aesthetic and sense of comfort at styling at quite a young age.”

Well practice makes PERFECT!

 

Check out the first fabulous mini dresses to be released under Alison’s chic DAHL line:

 


Dahl Alice Mini DressDahl Alice Mini Dress

Available exclusively at shopbop.com.This sweet little style is too lovely for words.Mini dress with triple button closure and darting at bust. Pleating at empire waist and vertical pockets at hip. Split front. Short, puff sleeves. Lined. 31″ long. 95% cotton/5% rayon. Dry clean. Made in N.Y.C. As seen in the photo below




 

Dahl Marchesa DressDahl Blue Marchesa Dress

Available exclusively at shopbop.com. Simple yet perfectly stunning. Soft, strapless dress with gathered, elastic banding at top hem. Slit and double button detail at bust and keyhole at back. 37″ long. 95% cotton/5% rayon. Dry clean. Made in N.Y.C.




 

 

Dahl Tulee DressDahl Tulee Dress

Available exclusively at shopbop.com. We are in love with this gorgeously unique style. Very soft, halter dress with keyhole at bust. Straps loop through keyhole and tie behind neck. Double-layered. 33″ long. 95% cotton/5% rayon. Dry clean. Made in N.Y.C.




 

 

Dahl Mable DressDahl Mable Dress
Available exclusively at shopbop.com.This adorable style is girlish charm done to perfection.Silk dress with tie and ruching at empire waist. Darting at bust and hidden zipper at back. Elastic banding at cuffs. Short, puff sleeves. 36″ long. 100% silk. Dry clean. Made in N.Y.C.




 

 

 

Dahl Minnie DressDahl Minnie Dress
Available exclusively at shopbop.com. The cut is so basic, but the style is anything but. Loose-fitting dress with sequined straps and chiffon trim at top hem. Tie at top of deep cowl neck. Asymmetrical bottom hem. About 34″ long. 100% silk. Dry clean. Made in N.Y.C. As seen in the photo above.




 

 

Dahl Marchesa DressDahl Light Pink Marchesa Dress

Available exclusively at shopbop.com. Simple yet perfectly stunning. Soft, strapless dress with gathered, elastic banding at top hem. Slit and double button detail at bust and keyhole at back. 37″ long. 95% cotton/5% rayon. Dry clean. Made in N.Y.C.




 

 

Dahl Tulee DressDahl Tulee Dress

Available exclusively at shopbop.com. We are in love with this gorgeously unique style. Very soft, halter dress with keyhole at bust. Straps loop through keyhole and tie behind neck. Double-layered. 33″ long. 95% cotton/5% rayon. Dry clean. Made in N.Y.C.



 

 


And lest we forget the perfect shoes and shades to match:

 

Marc by Marc Jacobs Shoes Leather Peep Toe PumpMarc by Marc Jacobs Shoes Leather Peep Toe Pump

We love any style that lets us show off our girly side.Patent leather, peep-toe pump with ribbon bow and cutout detail at vamp. Ribbon trim at edges. 4″ covered heel. Leather sole. Made in Italy. Also Available in Patent Black.


 

 

Twelfth St. by Cynthia Vincent Twiggy Patent WedgeTwelfth St. by Cynthia Vincent Twiggy Patent Wedge

A height boost this incredible can only be pulled off by the most extraordinary heels.Patent leather wedge with ribbon tie at Mary Jane strap. 1″ platform and 5″ stacked heel. Leather sole. Dust bag included. Made in Italy.


 

 

 

Marc Jacobs Sunglasses Lola SunglassesMarc Jacobs Sunglasses Lola 1 Sunglasses

These shades are sexy sweet through and through. Contour sunglasses with rounded plastic frames. Double metal wire and ‘Marc Jacobs’ lettering at sides. Cleaning cloth, storage pouch and hard case included. Made in Italy (As all wonderful things are!).