Designer Kristine Crabb from Miss Crabb. Image supplied.
Kristine Crabb founded her contemporary womenswear label Miss Crabb in 2004 and it has become known for its signature flowing silk dresses that are as clever as they are beautiful. Kristine creates her garments so they’re able to be adapted by the customer as to how they want to drape and wear them, which means they’re easily worn by many different women.
We caught up with Kristine to find out more about her brand, what inspires her and what you would never catch her wearing!
Tell us about your latest collection?
It’s a beautiful collection of our signature pieces and new pieces also. We have used the most amazing colours – purple, magenta, pale mint and tones of pink which reminds me of a kind of 70s disco or 70s wedding party – or both, and it’s called “I Feel Love”. I feel like disco music was a bit of an aesthetic driver of this collection.
What made you become a designer?
It was a love of creativity and expression that has kind of pulled me towards it. I knew I would love the lifestyle; interesting people and ideas, freedom and work.
What inspires you?
My children; they have the best ideas and the best lols ever. I love music and dancing, I’m very inspired by the aesthetic of music and different genres, it’s the strongest art form I think because nearly all people can relate to music.
Describe your personal style and how it influences your brand?
I think it’s kind of everything with the brand. My style is fluid and poetic and a bit haphazard sometimes haha, but also strong and practical.
Looks from Miss Crabb’s latest collection. Images supplied.
What is you all-time favourite purchase?
Perpetually, a beautiful dinner with friends.
What wardrobe item should every woman invest in?
Do you have a style rule you always obey?
Start with the shoes and work your way up.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
Every time I create a brand new piece or body of work I feel a strong sense of being alive, a li’l bit spiritual, which is the ultimate feeling. My pieces are timeless and seem to gain more and more momentum as time goes by. So I feel very lucky to create the kind of work that I do, for such a long time now and to a wide audience. I just want to keep doing it and reaching more people.
What can’t you live without?
My family and New Zealand.
Finish this sentence – You would never catch me wearing… The Emperor’s new clothes.