Exclusive Interview: Designer Besties Of Rae Francis

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Two heads are better than one right? We caught up with designer duo Ariel Lilly and Christina Coniglio of Rae Francis and asked them what’s it’s like to work with your bestie and share some of their favorite pieces from their spring collection for us everyday fearless girls.

What’s the best part of working with your close friend?
Best part is, always having a partner you can trust to bounce ideas off. Getting to go to work every day with your best friend is pretty awesome!

How do you influence one another?
We are very understanding of how one another sees things and each other’s personal style. With Christina being from the south and Ariel from the north we each bring something a little different to each collection.

Who are some of your favorite designers?
We always say that we are inspired by any designer that is made in New York and especially American Designers like Donna Karen, Michael Kors and Calvin Klein. We really look up to those classic companies that we feel have outlasted the fads and stuck to a clean aesthetic

Being from Florida, studying in Savannah and living in New York, What city influences your designs the most?
New York is definitely the city that influences our designs the most but that feeling of Palm Beach in the 60’s and 70’s always sneaks its way in there. It adds to the Rae Francis aesthetic of the modern bohemian girl.

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Who would you love to see wearing your designs? Dead or Alive?
This question is so hard! We love seeing anyone in Rae Francis regardless if its an A-List celebrity or the girl next door.

What are some of your favorite pieces this season?
This spring a few of our favorite pieces are the ballard maxi dress in our gold Aztec print, the gage blouse and the pacey dress.

What should we expect for your upcoming seasons?
We really have a serious love for the maxi dress so you can expect to see many more coming for the Summer season and Fall as well. We like styling our maxis so they can be worn any time of year.

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