SOMA Magazine December 2011 : Page 50
“I love drawing, so that is the beginning of many styles. For others, I begin on the stand, draping fabric to create the desired shape. The fabrics are an essential part of the design phase as they are intrinsic in creating the piece.” Your SS12 was modern yet classic at the same time. What inspired you with the designs? It is a meeting of ’60s French couture with the non-chalance of ’90s grunge. There is a slouchy element to the eve-ning styles and an almost languid simplicity in the color-blocked day dresses. How do you keep your couture-inspired pieces modern? There is always something unexpected about them: an unusual fabric, a modern finish, a fresh way of styling them. They are constructed in a way which is responsive to current ways of dressing too, with fit as a paramount concern. The clothes are unrestricted, comfortable, and easy to work into your occasion. That sounds beautiful. Did you know since childhood that this was what you wanted to do? And what made you move to London? Yes, I think I had always really wanted to do this; I was always passionate. I moved over here to study my Master’s at Central Saint Martins. Did studying at Central Saint Martins largely influence you? Yes, I think that it must have. Louise Wilson was an incredible inspiration and the whole atmosphere was very creative. I found my own styles though, which is what makes Saint Martins so special: it encourages designers to find their own voice. 50 Where would you say is the most inspiring place in London for you? London is filled with many inspiring places; that is the real attraction of the city, I suppose. I work in East London, overlooking the canal, which is quite beautiful. There are constant changes to the area, which essentially keeps it exciting and creative. What’s your creative process when designing clothes? I love drawing, so that is the beginning of many styles. For others, I begin on the stand, draping fabric to create the desired shape. The fabrics are an essential part of the design phase as they are intrinsic in creat-ing the piece. What material do you most enjoy working with? Silk. It is such a versatile fabric. I work with silks in many different forms, weights and textures: gazaars, duchesse satins, twills—to name a few. How do you feel you contribute to fashion? I hope that I add a little bit of color and excitement, along with designs that women enjoy wearing and ones that flatter them. And where do you see yourself in the future? To continue designing, creating, and enjoying life.