An Interview with Sam Klemick from Killdarling
Sam Klemick is the goddess behind Killdarling, a dreamy, cotton candy coloured label that looks good enough to eat.
When asked about the brand, Sam says;
”Killdarling is clothing for tea parties and after parties. For trips to Paris and trips to the mailbox. It is for the girl who has had enough of rainbows, unicorns and Prince Charming. For the girl who doesn’t care if she loses a shoe at the ball. For the girl who throws the other shoe at Prince Charming, takes off with the hot valet guy who parked her pumpkin carriage, and heads with him to the afterparty. Barefoot. Killdarling is made for mischief and adventure.”
Tell us a bit about yourself?
I am originally from Miami, I grew up wearing barely any clothes because it’s just so damn hot. I think a lot of my inspiration comes from that, the most frequently made comment to me is: “Sam, did you forget your pants again?” I like short dresses and long t-shirts! Sometimes I am very loud and goofy, I like to play with my friends, draw, color and build forts.
I absolutely love your dresses- when did it all start? Where did the name come from?
It all started while I was sitting at my desk working as an asst. designer at GUESS. I dreamt up a wonderland tea party that broke out into a food fight and in my head the girls were wearing my dresses.
The name comes from my childhood. My mother calls me darling, and quite often I think she meant to put the word kill in front of it, as in “Sometimes I just want to kill darling sam.” I gave my family a run for their money when I was younger.
What inspires you?
Everything. Sofia Coppola, pastels, color, Miami, music, vintage dresses, french pastries, parties, Tim Burton, fairy tales, Alice in Wonderland, tea cups, ostrich feathers, ruffles, magic, my cat Smush, Andy Warhol, Edie Sedgwick, Twiggy, the 60’s, the 70’s, Goldie Hawn in Sugarland Express, the list goes on!
If you had to wear just one fashion designer’s clothes for life, who would it be?
Do you look at any other designers for tips, inspiration?
Erin Fetherston and Betsey Johnson. I interned for Betsey Johnson in New York for three months while I was in school. I got to go through her personal office and clean it, I was in heaven, she gave me a bottle of perfume from her personal collection. Her attitude inspires me, she has stayed true to herself after all these years, and Erin Fetherston is my dreams materialized into reality.
If you could dress any celebrity with your beautiful collection- who would it be? And why?
Kirsten Dunst. I think she is dreamy.
Is there a type of woman you have in mind while designing your dresses? If so, what kind of woman is she?
Definitely, She is part fairyland princess and part wild huntress.
Any advice you may have for aspiring fashion designers?
Just don’t stop, say yes to every opportunity, because you never know where it will lead to next. Don’t stop even when you are tired, can only afford to eat out at 7/11, and question everything, still, and don’t stop, because if you love it, there is nothing else you know how to do.
Which fashion trends interest you the most?
And finally- what are your plans for your next collection?
I’ve been staring at the sky a lot lately, at hot air balloons and kites, I think I’m gonna start there. And color, lots of Miami bright neon color. I’m over pastels for the moment.