Designer Interview with Troy Anthony

6:00:00 AM Jem Lawren 1 Comments

Hey Luvs,

I have another exclusive interview with fashion designer Troy Anthony. He is one of my favorite local designers here in Connecticut. One thing that I have noticed in all of Troy's designs, is the fact that every collection is made to compliment the woman....from the look, touch and feel. Here's what Troy Anthony has to say.

I am so happy that we were able to reconnect to discuss your latest collection. For those who may not know you, please re-introduce yourself.

I am a local designer who concentrates on fashion designs that helps solves problems. I have studied oversees in Milan, Italy and I've been designing clothing for over 15 years. I have done over 75 fashion shows, including Hartford fashion week the last 3 years. I love to use my talents to help others and make a positive impact and inspire our youth of today. Fashion is universal, it gives every individual a chance to showcase and communicate how they feel through the way they dress. Personal style to me, is a another form of freedom of speech.

The first question I’d like to ask is, if you could pick anyone from history (living or deceased), who would you most love to see wearing your designs? 

Madonna is the person that comes to mind. I appreciate how she broke down barriers and sparked a movement through her music in fashion. Song “Material Girl” helped shaped fashion trends that is still influential today. I loved how she represented rebellion, reinvention and change. That’s something that’s relevant today. You have to know how to reinvent yourself at any age!

What are some of your biggest dreams you have yet to fulfill?

To become more of an international designer and make an impact with my fashion designs, by being featured in Milan and Paris Fashion week. I would love to design for celebrities and actresses. Another dream of mind, is to design wardrobe for a movie with a production studio.

You have a fashion show coming up and we are excited to see your latest design. Tell us about the collection you are showcasing on November 17th.

I’m focused on showing how a woman can be fashionable at any age. I call it FFMW (Fierce Fabulous Mature Women). I'll be showcasing collections that are versatile. Designs that shows how an older mature women can be fashionable just as well as the younger women of today. The audience will see designs that are functional, designs that have hidden discrete pockets and built in support. Comfortable and versatile pieces that allows you to mix and match and still stay chic.

I have an Olive Drab collection which was inspired by the military. This collection was designed to make women feel strong and empowered. We incorporated neutral colors that is trendy and looks great on any skin tone.

Our Rose Gold collection for the upcoming Spring highlights hues that are soft and subtle which compliments a woman shape. This collection is great on most skin tones because it’s the in-between of gold for warm skin tones and silver for cool skin tones. Rose is associated with compassion, warmth, composure and significance. And throughout history, gold has be associated with elegance.

Our Vintage Mod is bringing back a classic design and giving it a modern twist that meets the lifestyle needs of a working woman. This design gives her options within her wardrobe. Our retro designs show that you can wear a classic piece but still have the features of a modern fashion must have. Inspired by all things vintage, our favorite era is the 50’s and 60's. This was one of the era of fashion innovation for women and we believe that everything comes back in style eventually. This collection simply shows you how easy it is to go from the office to a social affair.

Can you explain what was the design process like for this new collection? From capturing inspiration to the final design.

The designs were inspired by my clients. They came to me with wardrobe problems they faced and  for pieces they were looking for, but couldn’t find in a store. A couple examples of issues were the lack of pockets on clothing and how uncomfortable the lining of a garment can be.
While working with my older and mature clients, I did a test collection and photoshoot using some of the clients as models. This helped sparked a whole collection and below are a few photos from that photoshoot. The clients expressed that the garments made them feel powerful, independent, free and comfortable. Based on that feedback, I decided to design more dresses, blouses and pants that represented that feeling. I used my strong sense of color and handpicked fabrics knowing that the designs would be providing quality, comfort, freedom and flexibility.

Tell us about the future plans for Troy Anthony, what’s next for the brand?

Our goal is to open up a store location in Hartford, CT where we can help people solve more fashion related issues and assist to meet their wardrobe needs. We are using technology with fashion to become more agile. State of the art technology gives customers a better and more efficient customer experience which allows them to understand their shape and body type. It helps them choose the right  silhouettes to wear and which ones to stay away from...same with colors. We have recently expanded into the world of undergarments. We have designed bras that are more comfortable and provides much more support. Were excited to expand the Troy Anthony Undergarments. Visit for more info.

There’s so much pressure for designers to come out with their greatest collection season after season. What advice would you give to young designers on handling that pressure? 

To perfect your craft. Focus on what your good at. Fashion is a wide variety...if you narrow it down to concentrate on one thing such as evening gowns or swim wear, new designs will come naturally. Last but not least, always listen to the customers, chances are there always right.

How can the readers find out more about your upcoming show?

By visiting us online at, subscribing to our email list and following is on social media. IG: @TroyAnthonyFashion, FB: Twitter: @troyanthony81

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