What’s inspiring Atlanta fashion designer Megan Huntz now?

Her spring collection has European influences
Megan Huntz Moodboard
For spring, designer Megan Huntz was inspired by the Old World—and her own old collections.

Photograph by Raymond McCrea Jones

Local fashion designer Huntz describes her spring collection as “clothes for the shy schoolteacher in the south of France.” She owes that European influence to the years she spent studying and working in Milan and Barcelona. The Atlanta native—who is also design director for Atlanta-based Alternative, known for super-soft basics—returned to the city in 2010 and launched her line. This spring’s 30-piece collection of dresses, capes, and separates in creams, pinks, blues, and black was also inspired by the documentary Dior and I, about the atelier’s most recent artistic director, Raf Simons. Simons dived into Dior’s archives, just as Huntz revisited her own past work. After collecting fabric scraps from her previous collections and weaving them together like a rag rug, Huntz created a digital print of the design on silk. Find it in the Yoonhwa dress, named after one of her best friends.

Megan Huntz
Megan Huntz

Photograph by Raymond McCrea Jones

Huntz on . . .

“I’m newly super into black. I recently heard a quote that asked why you would need any other colors when there are so many shades of black—that really resonated with me.”
“My boyfriend got me The Belgians: An Unexpected Fashion Story for Christmas, and I love it. Raf Simons, Martin Margiela, Dries Van Noten—they’re some of the designers who have had the most influence on me. And the Belgians are so underrated.”
“I first saw the Le Labo Bergamote 22 on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in L.A., and then again at the Ace Hotel in New York, so I had to have it. It’s floral and light, but also kind of weird; it reminds me of Old World European smells.”

This article originally appeared in our Spring/Summer 2016 issue of Style Book.