I’ll make it no secret that I am so excited to be interviewing the dress extraordinaire, Dalia MacPhee, whose gowns, frocks, and party party pieces have graced red carpet, after Dancing With the Stars, after magazine cover and shall we throw in another red carpet or a thousand? At some point, you’ve all admired her daring vibrance or muted sophistication on Amber Riley (yeah, Gleeks), Miss Universe, Audrina Patridge, and Maiara Walsh to name just a few. Dalia’s latest collection, however, is so much more about the other-worldy class of a woman – while I do feel like a star just looking at these shots, there is definitely a fresh new femininity and playfulness in each piece.
I’m a ridiculous amount in love with that rosetted first dress, as well as this one, and with a formal on the way, I think I’ll definitely be looking to Ms MacPhee for inspiration:
Hi Dalia! How’s it going?
It’s definitely Going!!! How are you??
How did you start out as a designer?
I grew up in an apparel family. My parents had clothing stores across Canada and brought me on all their business trips from a very young age. Today they might call that “Child Labor”… Back then they called it “Shut-up we need sixteen Dresses by Midnight!!!”
Who’s the girl who wears Dalia MacPhee?
She comes in all ages, sizes, ethnicities, classes, and sometimes, gender… (but that’s just in Hollywood). She’s someone who loves to feel beautiful and is moved by timeless elegance.
You’ve been dressing every big star, name and face I can think of! Congratulations – where do you think that’ll take you in terms of your design work?
I think it will bring more awareness to the line and hopefully some of the causes we’re involved in… I love to create, and love to make women feel beautiful… but my first dream is to help facilitate change in the world… and I think involvement with the Big Stars helps to being attention to the company and what we stand for.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
Oh boy, I’m not sure if I know where I see myself in a year!! Ideally, I see this being an international brand that stands for something Good in the world.
Which is your all time favorite Dalia MacPhee dress?
That’s Like asking me which of my children is my all time favorite… and since I’m writing this in my showroom and all my gowns… er em… “children”… are present… I would have to say… I have no favorites!! However if we grab a drink later I may spill the beans on which one I love the most!!
Who’s your favorite style icon of the moment?
Hmmmm… That’s actually a tough question… I’m not sure who I would answer on that, although I will say my current personal fashion icon of the moment would be Valentino…
I am moved by his story, his passion, his talent, and who he is as an individual.
What do you think of the new wave of bloggers coming through?
I think it is fantastic. This is a new Era… An Era of major change, a time for anyone who has a strong voice and vision to come forward, express their opinions to the world and make a difference. In terms of commerce, bloggers are helping to promote small businesses that you otherwise may never have heard about– and I think that is Amazing…
One of our previous interviewees, designer Gail Sorronda, would like to know: What’s your favorite conspiracy theory and why?
Oh boy…. Well…. I believe 2e have already found a cure for cancer but the Government, FDA and the Major Drug Companies have kept if from us in protection of the billions of dollars of Revenue they would loose in Drug Sales.
And last of all, what’s a random question would you guys like to ask the next interviewee?
I’d like to know if you only had a month left to live, and money was no object, what would you do?
Thanks so much Dalia!
It’s so wonderful to see someone in such a great creative headspace and position being so down to Earth.
Check out more of Dalia’s amazing dresses and gowns HERE – and just quietly, her previous collections are well worth the flick-through too!
P.S. I’ve had a fair few of you emailing about my blogging for the LG Voice of Fashion – so glad you’re liking what we have to say! So if you haven’t already, be sure to stop by and leave a comment or seven on what the LG Bloggers have been working on
P.S. I just thought share that I have some insanely (I don’t use this world lightly) exciting things in the works… and that my exams finish next Wednesday. I think that combination calls for a lot of celebration!