The Couturier of Fleet Street: Fashion Designer Luke Aaron
Intrigued by the glamour of decades past, a local designer makes an elegant statement.
For Luke Aaron, designing clothes is all about the romance. â€śJust the idea that there is a fantasy of fashion,â€ť he says. â€śYou look at the magazines or you watch old movies, and these people look so glamorous and beautiful.â€ť
Aaron is also inspired by the theater. After learning sewing techniques at a work-study job in the Tufts University costume shop and earning a masterâ€™s degree in fine arts from the Yale School of Drama, he worked for the Broadway costume designers Jane Greenwood and Carrie Robbins in New York. â€śI wanted so much to make it about the clothes, even though it was about the play,â€ť he saysâ€”a realization that spurred him to launch his eponymous line in 2011, away from the Big Appleâ€™s hypersaturated fashion industry.
Drawing on the sleek silhouettes of the â€™30s and full skirts of the â€™50s, Aaron drapes fabrics to create dramatic shapes. And whether itâ€™s an evening gown for the red carpet or a dress for an upcoming board meeting, many of his garments have a sense of occasion. (His dream customer? Grace Kelly.) In addition to his own designs, Aaron stocks his quaint Fleet Street showroom with all the accoutrements a modern lady might need: vintage jewelry, leather accessories, and gorgeous Panpuri candles and home fragrances.
Aaronâ€™s plans for the future include expanding his bridal line and getting his pieces into boutiques, but no matter what happens, heâ€™ll continue to draw inspiration from his theater past. â€śIâ€™m already thinking about clothing as a visual, as a show, as a story, about the character of the person wearing it,â€ť he says. â€śI really liked toâ€”and continue toâ€”think of it that way.â€ť
Looks from Aaron’s Latest Collection
Silk-satin gown, $1,221
Silk and wool coat dress, $1,452
â€śBalletâ€ť silk-dupioni wrap dress, $825
â€śCrossoverâ€ť silk and wool sheath dress, $946
â€śCrossoverâ€ť crĂŞpe de Chine floor-length dress, $968
â€śGabriellaâ€ť silk-charmeuse and silk-chiffon gown, $1,320
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