If you’ve been able to keep your eyes from rolling to the back of your head this street style season, you have have noticed a modest, puff-sleeved, ruffle-necked diamond among the… well… other stuff. What you’re seeing is Batsheva Dresses and oh my milk pail sign me up.
Designed by Batsheva Hay, a smart woman (lawyer!) with great taste, who has being working on the line for two years, the dresses are both retro and very now. They’re ultra feminine in a world full of cycling shorts and ugly sneakers; they’re nostalgic for fans of Hole and, I don’t know, raw milk cheeses; and they’re just culty enough for all of us ex-teen witches to feel completely at home in.
Completely obsessed, we asked Batsheva to fill out our legendary Collection Survey.
Name: Batsheva Hay
Where are you from and where do you live now?
From Queens, NY, now on the Upper West Side.
Any personal beliefs or values that are meaningful to your work?
And what were you doing, learning or practicing before you started working on your line?
I was a lawyer (still am).
Can you tell me a little bit of background on the collection and label — any inspirations, references, important collaborations?
I am always referencing the way I dressed in childhood, in vintage floral dresses. I am also very inspired by the older women I see in my neighbourhood.
If you could describe the collection in five words?
Adventurous, comfortable, floral, costume, cotton.
If the collection was a colour: Too hard to choose
If it was a mood: Cheeky
If it was an animal: Chameleon
If it was a language: Yiddish
If it was a place: Wales
If it was a time: Anytime in the past
If it was a song: Lullaby
If it was a season: Spring
If it was a food: Crumpets
If it was a famous person: Barbra Streisand
If it was a YouTube video: What’s youtube?
If it was a smell: Rose
If it was a texture: Velvet
If it was a quote: “Do you”
If it was a film: Romeo and Juliet by Zefferelli