Historical dress was reimagined in the fun and colourful way which has become synonymous with Romeril, as has her interesting use of textiles surfaces. Eruptions of embroidery were hand-crafted and labour intensive: the result of creating “meters and meters of thread that we pull off the spool and then tightly wrap around pins, creating shapes for the garments we’re showing them on. They’re layered and very delicate.” An acknowledgement of the established idea that her work is ‘very feminine’ and light. “I have to embrace that,” she states, remarking that her collections are easy to wear on a day to day basis: “I’m a designer, so I think about it from a practical aspect, as opposed to some designers who consider themselves artists. For me, I think it’s a challenge to come from an original starting point and create something that’s beautiful, fresh and wearable.” Without losing the importance of craftsmanship and luxury, as Danielle and her team worked closely with an Italian mill, using leathers, silks and satins which took on a more utilitarian form, as they were water-resistant and materialised in sporty silhouettes, harking back to the cycling jersey and ‘football scarf’ references in the collection.
With much recent fashion commentary revolving around a need for change, our conversation flows to the commercial constraints of running a label, which she incidentally founded in SS13. “It’s hard work. You have to be passionate and that can be hard when you’re self employed.” However, the support of schemes such as Newgen are “essential for young designers,” she tells. “They make it happen. I would not be here today with all these beautiful girls and this great set if it wasn’t for Topshop and Newgen, so thank you very much!”
Undoubtedly such platforms liberate young designers to realise their vision, which Romeril has continued to do since graduating at the Royal College of Art in 2010. The only thing left to ask, before Danielle is off to celebrate, is her advice for fresh graduates straight out of art-school, hurled into the fashion system so poised on the verge of ‘revolution’: “be brave, stay true to yourself, get some experience and save yourself some money!”