Style-Delights: Feminine, Bold, Timeless and Unique - Nieves Lavi 'Libellule' Collection

April 24, 2012

Feminine, Bold, Timeless and Unique - Nieves Lavi 'Libellule' Collection

One look at Nieves Lavi Spring 2012 pieces and you will know why the brand is a favorite among celebrities, fashion editors and fashionistas all over the world! (Jessica Alba is the latest fan!)

Images via Nieves Lavi
Founded in 2003 by by Sharon Lavi and Sam Nieves Velez, Nieves Lavi has grown into a global brand available in 150 stores in the United States and globally in countries like Japan, Australia, France, England, Turkey and Dubai. Sharon and Sam draw upon their diverging cultural backgrounds (hailing from Israel and Puerto Rico, respectively) to create a line of ready-to-wear separates that showcase their love of bold prints and their talent for creating designs that are classic with a modern twist. Their unique take on timeless style of dressing makes their creation fashionable yet wearable. Feminine drapes and silhouettes, bold prints, and artistic designs take center stage in their Spring 2012 collection. 

Pieces from Nieves Lavi Spring 2012 collection - All Images via Nieves Lavi
Impressed by the success of of their custom prints and designs in the fashion world, buyers consistently requested Nieves Lavi’s creations at a lower price point. Without losing the quality of the prints and the fabric, the designers behind the brand came up with the ready to wear Nieves Lavi diffusion line Libellule (meaning Dragonfly in both French and Spanish and considered to bring good luck ) Previously available only at Anthropologie stores, Libellule collection is now available through additional distribution channels, including all stores of Neiman Marcus, for Spring 2012.  

Nieves Lavi Libellule Spring 2012 - All images via Nieves Lavi
The new collection shares Nieves Lavi’s bohemian philosophy, free spirited prints, and emphasis on fit with more accessible, of-the-moment pieces. Easy to wear and easy to carry, (the fabric won’t wrinkle) the collection is designed with the carefree, contemporary girl in mind. I love the vibrant, modern, feminine look of Libellule line that translates the brand’s signature prints and silhouettes to their ready to wear line. Sharon Lavi, art director and co founder of Nieves Lavi brand, talks to Style-Delights about the brand's philosophy, design process and her personal style inspirations.

Style-Delights: Thank you so much for taking the time out to talk about Nieves Lavi and Liebellule collection. Your brand seems to have taken the celebrities and fashion world by storm! When and how did Nieves Lavi come about?
Creative duo: Sharon Lavi and Sam Nieves Velez   
Sharon Lavi: Sam and I were working at the industry for about 10 years before we co-founded Nieves Lavi, we met at Harve Benard when we both worked as designers,  we realize we enjoy working together and both wanted to be independent and free to design for our own brand. We had similar vision, style and sense of humor, and both of us were inspired by the same things, we had the same aesthetics, we loved prints and love silk jersey, so we started with the first small collection of 5 prints and 6 silk jersey styles.


SD: What is your brand's inspiration and philosophy?
SL: Freedom is the brand inspiration, we wanted to be free and independent. We wanted to design free spirited styles and prints for free spirited people, it had to be beautiful and comfortable and modern, with a lot of respect for the past! We wanted styles and workmanship of great clothes from the past with a clear view of today's women and their ever changing roles and needs.


SD:The collection is so beautiful, feminine and artistic and the drapes, prints and styles are unique! Where are Nieves Lavi clothes made?
SL: We design the textiles here in New York, we create them ourselves and have them made in China with experts specialized in silks, weaving and printing.


SD: Where can we buy them?
SL: Its available across the US and Europe at some of our bigger distributors at Neiman Marcus, Cusp, Great Stuff, Sarca, and Fenwicks (UK)


SD: How do you define your personal style?
SL: Very personal, understated, it is very dependent on the mood and the climate and the weather. I always wear Nieves Lavi, casual and chic with a little twist for "edgy" look, My style must be comfortable.


SD: What advice would you give to aspiring fashion designers?
SL: Finish school, great for contact and paving the path, and then to work as much as possible for a designer/brand/company to learn the profession. You learn all on the job - be serious, come on time, work hard, be ready to do everything and you will learn a lot and get ahead.


SD: Who are the designers that inspired you? Any favorite brands?
SL: We both love the 50's workmanship and the 70 styles. My favorite that I consider a genius was Alexander McQueen, Albert Elbaz for Lanvin and Dries Van Noten


SD: Thank you for your time and insights Sharon, and good luck for future projects!
SL: Thank you!

You can read more about the creative duo behind Nieves Lavi and see their latest designs on www.nieveslavi.com, follow the fashionable updates at their tumblr and Facebook page and connect with them at twitter.

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60 comments :

  1. Love the printed jumpsuits. I adore the bold prints and hope to incorporate them more in my personal style.

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  2. Love their maxi style dresses, bold and beautiful unique pieces !
    Wish I could wear them - these are great for summers !
    Have a lovely day,

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  3. Oh, I love the skirt SJP is wearing and the parrot dress. Beautiful, unusual clothes.

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  4. Lovely pieces! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  5. this is a great post!! amazing inspirations :D

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  6. beutiful maxi dresses and beautiful collection :)

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  7. wonderful photos:) thank you so much for visit me:) maybe you want to follow each other:)?

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  8. Is that the woman from sex and the city in the gray thigh-highs? I like those but not so much her =P

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  9. love d maxi dresses n d prints r gorgeous!!
    new post omn my blog
    xx
    www.fshn4us.blogspot.in

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  10. I love the maxi dress! Great post ;o). Have a nice day and see you soon. XOxo V.V.

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  11. What a great collection and interview dear! I'm in love with the first floral dress sleeveless! so cute!:) Kisses and hope you will have a nice day!:**

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  12. Beautiful collection and post!!!
    Have a good week!

    Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

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  13. I love the maxi dresses:) very beautiful collection:) have a nice day too!kisses

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  14. the parrot print on the dress is beautiful.

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  15. I really like the colourful and vibrant prints on these dresses - thanks for the introduction to this brand and the designers

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  16. I like this post!

    xoxo

    Eva
    MadameMademoiselle

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  17. It´s a really beautiful collection!:)
    Simona
    www.simimaus.blogspot.com

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  18. fab collection! thanks for sharing!

    Lyosha
    Inside and Outside Blog
    P.S. for sure I'd love to follow each other! following you now

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  19. it's always interesting to know more about a brand and its makers..thanks for sharing this:)
    lovely designs..i specially loved the printed yellow dress from the last picture:)

    *LOVE*
    Elegance Stylized Blog
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  20. Great post! beautiful collection! love the maxi dresses ;)
    Thank you so much for stopping by :)

    Have a great day!

    x♥x♥

    "Dicas de saúde, beleza, e exercício físico"



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  21. Nice interview Jyoti. It's always interesting to read/view a designers personal style.

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  22. Love the maxi dresses, these prints are gorgeous!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  23. Hi,
    You did a great job with your interview. I really got a feel for the designers. I love their bohemian philosphy. The ready-to-wear line mimic the Coachella street style, which is really big right now.
    Thanks so mich for sharing,
    Always,
    Tarah and the City

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  24. i love their collection
    <3
    The Electric Heart Girl

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  25. What a great collection! Love the jumpsuits!

    Alessia

    Ma che belle queste foto, mi piacciono tantissimo!!!

    Carino l'outfit ;)

    Alessia

    THE CHILI COOL


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  26. I love how her designs are both busy and bright, but classy at the same time!

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  27. I think your blog is great! Would you like to follow each other on Blogger and/or Bloglovin and Facebook? :)

    -Minna
    Missingsparkles.com
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  28. Great collection - I love SJP's look!

    x
    Rachel

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  29. Great post ! I love theses prints so much ! The hippy touch is awesome and obsessing me these days !
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  30. great post,,,thanks for introducing me to this brand, I like it's signature, boho grunge style, I like her brand philosophy too. The floral pant suits and dresses are lovely!

    mongs
    mythriftycloset.blogspot.com

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  31. Love the dresses and jumpsuits!

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  32. Thank you for introducing us to this very talented designer duo. I am a total print person and I love their printed dresses. Great post Jyoti.
    Happy Blogging,
    Amena.
    Fashionopolis By Amena
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  33. Such a lovely post: these creations are great!
    Take a look and if you want we can follow each others: Cosa mi metto???
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  34. I love the maxie dress!Thank you for the lovely commnet on my blog!

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  35. What gorgeous prints they have - love it!

    Annie
    The Other Side of Gray

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  36. Thank you so much for your sweet comment!! Of course I follow you back!
    If you want we can follow also with bloglovin, google , twitter and facebook?
    Come back soon to visit my blog, I'll be waiting for you!!
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  37. Really like your blog dear!
    Keep posting!!
    XO

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  38. Her designs are gorgeous! After reading your tweet yesterday I went to check out this designer and found her items are sold at NM Cusp! We've got one right in the watertower place :)

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  39. i am loving those maxi dresses. what a great post!

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  40. Thank you for your lovely comment. Your blog is great and you are doing a good job. Would you like to follow each other?
    Xoxo

    EstiloSierra.blogspot.com

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  41. Nieves Lavi always has amazing bold prints. Thanks for the great post!

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  42. so wonderful!

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  43. Omg, love these dresses!! Thanks for sharing :) following you on Twitter now btw, dear! <3
    xo, elle from Living in Color.

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    1. oh wow some of these prints are soooo gorgous! especially the parrots!
      love and kiss,mary
      http://maryloucinnamon.blogspot.com

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  44. This is so right up my alley. I love the elegant and carefree feel of this collection. Thanks for sharing !

    xo Shubana @ Coeur Decors

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  45. i always love bold pieces =) especially digging the prints ^^

    love from the NANA girls xoxo

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  46. Hello! I just came across your wonderful blog and was wondering if we could follow each other? Take care. :)

    Kristina (pink-sequins@blogspot.com)

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