Holly came by to visit recently and ended up doing a photoshoot and music video with us! A spontaneous cover of "You Are My Sunshine" with candid reflections on first colonoscopies, where the sun DON'T shine. LOL.
The Monas are in love with Molly Goddard. She takes that beautiful feeling of playing dress-up and reinvents it. Each piece is packed with nostalgia, romance, playful femininity, and subversive feminism. Tulle, tiers, taffeta, gingham, and tufting, all made in the finest way possible to make you feel just as fine. It’s a new, young line, first brought into the spotlight by Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçon. The production is super limited and the pieces are rare and hard to find unless you know where to look. Rihanna is a big fan too, and if you have a good eye, you might’ve spotted a big pink Molly creation on Killing Eve last season!
Clothes from these first, early years are worthy of collecting. They're handmade by a small group of passionate staff using old-school sewing techniques, sometimes pulled straight off of the designer's childhood clothing. Like that t-shirt from the Nirvana concert you went to in '89, these dresses, jumpsuits, pants, and tops will be coveted by you and your children if you're raising them right. They’ll come with major future bragging rights. It can take 30 yards of fabric to make a single Molly Goddard dress. The designer has spoken before about how she tries to fit as much fabric into one dress as possible, in a sense sculpting with material. Nylon tulle and tartan taffeta have become her trademark medium.
She's 28 and fits right in with Mona Moore by aesthetic and politics. "I like the idea that fashion is not elitist. Even though a lot of my dresses are covered in frills, there is a practical ease to them; loose fitting, casual, simple shapes," the designer told Evening Standard magazine. Her dresses are often finished unlined and without slip-dresses. They're meant to be more than just a dress, but a whole feeling, and the best way to achieve that is to leave some freedom to their owners. We love them styled with sweaters, T-shirts, and jeans, so that they can be worn dressed-up or relaxed.
When Lisa was little, her mother made smocked matching outfits for her and her little brother to wear. She lived in Hawaii for three years starting when she was four, and her smocked summer dresses were specially made by her mom for her to wear on "Aloha Fridays" at school. She loved the outfits at first, but when she got to be around 11 or 12, out came the rebellion and the refusal to wear those beautiful handmade dresses. She thought smocking was only for babies. To be a pre-teen *sigh*.
But now, things have come full circle. Those oversize loose silhouettes, cross stitched designs, stretchy smocking, they’re back, they’re center stage, and they’re definitely not just for babies. They’re for grown, independent women who wear what makes them feel good, comfortable, beautiful, empowered. Though Lisa does has some open-ended plans to smock some clothes for her future grand-babies. This is what we love about Molly Goddard, nostalgia made adult. She reminds us of the past without making us live through it all over. Hand smocked dresses like your mother would have made, but made by Molly and her small team in England instead. Yes, please.
Love, The Monas
PS We've got tea: according to Vogue, Rei loves Molly Goddard’s designs so much she almost wore of her creations instead of a Comme piece to the Met Gala exhibit honoring her own career! Love how this story shows a woman walking in the grey space of supporting other women and standing in your own glory and recognition. Both are excellent options.