AN ELOISE ASSORTMENT: British children’s wear designer Rachel Riley is designing a capsule collection marking the 60th anniversary of the illustrated “Eloise” books by Kay Thompson and Hilary Knight about a little girl who lives on “the tippy-top floor” of New York’s Plaza Hotel with her English nanny and her pets. The Rachel Riley label has become a favorite of the Duchess of Cambridge for her son, Prince George.
“The Eloise story was written in 1955, an era that I love, so it has been a real delight to create fabrics from [Hilary] Knight’s illustrations,” Riley told WWD. “We design many of our prints in-house, and my favorite ones are often inspired by the Fifties. I have had a lot of enjoyment re-creating Eloise’s outfits, and imagining what she would wear for various New York events. She is a creative child, and also most adventurous, and I feel honored that the Plaza has entrusted me with the creation of printed outfits and dresses for this fabulous collaboration. Eloise is a child of fashion, and is as relevant today as when the story was written in the Fifties. I have made a collection of clothes for little girls, inspired by the illustrations and modern for today.”
Rachel Riley for Eloise is a one-off, 33-piece collection featuring printed dresses, trousers, skirts and pajamas alongside a ruffled dress, school uniform, coat and hat. Riley added a twist to the little heroine’s classic outfits by designing pajamas and a school uniform with a New York feel, while the Paris print dress was inspired by the French capital.
Prices range from $44 for separates to $289 for a dress, and the line will be sold at the Eloise store at The Plaza, and online at rachelriley.com.
“This has been designed specifically with the 60th anniversary in mind,” said Riley. “But the Eloise character is such a source of inspiration that there are many more ideas for the future. Watch this space.”