Monthly Archives: February 2015

Interview with Naoko Tsuruta- Hong kong

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WHAT MADE YOU BECOME A FASHION DESIGNER?

Since I was a child, I was interested in all sorts of “Fashion”, from dressing up or trying out different fashion styles,hair styles,accessories. I never thought I would be able to make it an occupation. Even after I worked in finance industry, I couldn’t forget about my long-time dream, and finally became Jewelry designer. After I started my career as jewelry designer, I decided to pursue my long time dream, to become fashion designer as well.

 

WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR INSPIRATION? BOTH FOR YOUR MOST RECENT COLLECTION AND AS A DESIGNER IN GENERAL

I get inspiration from everywhere! The important principles in my design is Silhouette and the color combination of the dress. So It maybe the paintings or any art piece I have seen (I was majoring in Art History in uni), illustration books, or monuments.Also for the colors, I get inspiration from Japanese color combination in Kimono, and also some particular cultural elements and shape from Japanese culture.

 

WHAT IS THE MOST EXCITING PART OF BEING A DESIGNER?

There are 2 exciting parts: 1)When the fabric is all put together for the first time for the first fitting, 2) When I come out for finale in the fashion show, and when I feel that the audience really liked my collection.

 

WHAT IS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE?

To make it a solid and bigger business. My private capital is very limited. Often, I have great ideas for new collection, but I can’t make it happen because of my limited fund. If I have more investment, I can use more unique techniques on the patterns or fabrics in my designs. Also, it is challenging to make your brand known because you need a lot of funds and man-power to do PR and marketing.

 

WHO ARE SOME DESIGNERS THAT INSPIRE YOU?

Not particularly anyone,,,

 

HOW HAVE YOU GROWN SINCE YOUR FIRST COLLECTION?

When I first started, I just created whatever came into my mind, as my passion led me. But as the time goes by, I have come to think more carefully how to present my collection, and how to manage the finance
with the idea I have about my creation, how to do business.

 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PIECE YOU EVER MADE?

It’s my signature dress. In Blue Kimono with flying cranes patterns. Part of my brand name, Tsuruta, means Crane field, in Japanese. So I like to use Cranes as patterns.

 

Blogs to Follow- RP Interviews Ashley Guyatt from Los Angeles + San Diego

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NAME: Ashley Guyatt
WEBSITE/BLOG: Polka Dots & Sailor Stripes – http://polkadotsandsailorstripes.com/
CITY + COUNTRY: Los Angeles + San Diego, United States

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START YOUR BLOG? 

I had a serious Pinterest & Fashion Blog addiction where I would just spend hours upon hours of looking at other blogs and outfit ideas. I realized that showcasing my favorite outfits on a blog was something I could also do myself, so I decided to go for it!

 

WHAT IS THE STORY BEHIND YOUR BLOG NAME? 

For a while I had a hard time buying anything that wasn’t striped or polka-dotted. I am always drawn to the two patterns, and I have even been known to wear them together. I decided that it was a good representation of how my style goes back and forth from girly to edgy, and from casual to fancy…depending how I feel that day. I never know what I am going to get when I go into my closet, and that is reflected on my blog. Each post is different from the last, and my style can never really be defined. Polka Dots & Sailor Stripes was something I felt sort of just summed up the two different sides of me!

 

WHAT MAKES YOUR BLOG STAND OUT? 

My blog focuses heavily on budget-friendly outfits. I myself am on a very strict budget, and when it comes to shopping, there’s not much spending room in that budget! I have mastered the art of finding diamonds in the rough, and picking items that only look like they came with a heavy price-tag attached…but you will find by reading my blog, these gems are almost always $50 and under.

 

DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL/SIGNATURE STYLE?

My personal style changes every day, depending on the weather, my mood, my day’s activities, etc. I sort of just walk into my closet, stare at everything, and figure out what feels like “me” that day. My style ranges from extremely girly and kate spade obsessed, to ripped boyfriend jeans and booties when I want to just look “effortlessly thrown together” and borderline grungy. I am not sure why I can never stick to one style, but it seems to work! My clothes help me be whoever I want to be that day.

 

WHO IS YOUR #1 FASHION ICON? 

I would have to say that in this point in time, it is Amber Fillerup from Barefoot Blonde. Not only does she have the best hair EVER, she throws together simple, timeless pieces, in the most effortless way. She’s also the reason my lipstick collection has increased drastically!

 

FAVORITE LOCAL DESIGNERS? 

Oh goodness, this is a tough one! There are so many talented designers that I have come in contact with through my blog, and I am so thankful to know them all! I am probably the most smitten with a new jewelry designer that I just recently got connected with. Her jewelry pieces are so so delicate, and very unique. I find myself reaching for the bracelets and rings I have from her day after day. Her name is Diana Ho and her jewelry line, Diana Ho Designs, is currently sold on Etsy. It’s amazing.

 

FAVORITE WEBSITES? 

I would say Pinterest is by far my favorite. I could get lost on that website all day! Another website I check daily is Barefoot Blonde because like I said in a previous question, Amber Fillerup is my #1 fashion icon at the moment! I also love love love Cara Loren’s blog. She is really good at looking effortlessly put together as well, and definitely has an edgier side that I love to channel on certain days!

 

FAVORITE ITEM IN YOUR CLOSET NOW? 

I go through moments of hating my entire closet, so right now this is really hard to answer! I would have to say my white coat with fur on the bottom half. It’s not a piece that I get to wear very often, but it’s one of those pieces that I want to put on display because I think it’s just so darn pretty. I love it!

 

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FAVORITE BOOK, MOVIE + BAND? 

My favorite book(s) at the moment are actually a series by G.J Walker-Smith. It’s such a silly little love story that follows an Australian girl and a Parisian-American guy from NYC, but I love to just unwind and get lost in it after a long day of working. I think it’s the hopeless romantic side of me that can’t get enough of it!

My favorite movie is and will always be ‘A Lot Like Love.’ Partly because I am obsessed with Ashton Kutcher, but mostly because I think it is such a good love story. I am a sucker for romance movies, and I love the way this movie shows that if it’s meant to be, it will be no matter where life takes you. It’s the best!
My favorite band, you’re going to laugh, is One Direction. No shame! I am obsessed with Harry Styles. Even if I am a couple years older than him, I don’t even care!! Haha…but really. They are my favorite. 😉

 

IF YOU WERE TO HAVE LUNCH WITH ANNA WINTOUR AND CARINE ROITFELD WHAT WOULD YOU WEAR? 

Oh my goodness I don’t even know!!! I would have the most insane outfit-anxiety of all time planning for a lunch like that! I would probably stick with a flattering, bright dress from kate spade, with a cute eclectic coat over it, maybe leopard print or something fun! For shoes, I would definitely stick to a pair of mid-height heels (just so I don’t trip…I am extremely clumsy!). I think that it would be a sophisticated choice that is not only fool-proof, but also fashionable.

 

SONG YOU HAVE BEEN LISTENING TO THE MOST/ON REPEAT? 

I have been absolutely obsessed with Blank Space by Taylor Swift. So good, and so fun to sing at the top of your lungs in the car when you’re stuck in traffic!

 

ANY OTHER BLOGS YOU LOVE? 

Atlantic-Pacific is definitely a favorite of mine; I get a lot of outfit inspiration from Blair Eadie and try to recreate her beautiful looks with more affordable options.

 

BIGGEST FASHION MISTAKE YOU EVER MADE? 

Oh man…definitely when I bought a pair of kitten heel, sling-back, pointed toe shoes in black AND white. I thought they were the perfect shoe for everyday, and every outfit…and I definitely used them that way! They even had a little bow on both toes. So bad. So much regret. My only saving grace is that I was only 13, so I had a lot to learn.

 

3 FASHION TIPS? 

1 – If you like it, BUY it.
2 – If someone else hates it, BUY it (unless it really is terrible). A lot of my favorite pieces have come from this philosophy; your style is different than anyone else’s, so don’t let them decide what you’re going to wear for you.
3 – If something is just a little too big or a little too small, pass on it. I have fallen into this trap so many times, where it is the last one, and I just have to have it. But you have to remember, it will never fit you well, and you will always wish it was different! In fact, I am wearing a pair of heels that are just a tad too big as I write this, and I regret it every time I wear them. Be patient and keep looking! If it’s not meant to be, don’t force it.

 

FAVORITE SNACK/ PICK ME UP? 

That has to be a cheese & charcuterie plate, paired with a glass of red wine, and followed up with yummy dark chocolate. I think I could live off of this diet (I blame this on my time studying abroad in Italy).
Ashley Guyatt

Interview: Rodrigo Moraes: Photographer @ Sao Paolo Fashion Week

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE SHOW DURING SPFW?
My favorite show was the brand Cavalera. Much like their parades, Cavalera always has some surprise and the scenery is always beautiful.

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WHAT IS THE MOST EXCITING PART OF SHOOTING FASHION WEEK?
The most exciting part is when the world-famous models enter the parade, such as, Gisele Bundchen. Their attitude in the parade infects everyone, even us photographers.

 

WHAT IS THE MOST STRESSFUL PART?
The most stressful part are the queues we face for the major brands. There is always a large number of photographers and the queue is large.

 

ANY NEW MODELS TO PAY ATTENTION TO?
Models that stood out in this latest edition were Waleska Gorczevski, Amanda Sanchez, Cristina Herrmann, and Carolina Melchior.

 

WHICH DO YOU PREFER AND WHY – BACKSTAGE OR RUNWAY?
I loved the environment backstage, but what I really loved most were the shows. I think every show is very different. The Designers brought surprises and always tried to do something unique. That allowed me to take very creative photos. Both Runway and Backstage allowed me to create very beautiful photos.

 

WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO BECOME A PHOTOGRAPHER?
What made me become a photographer was the love I have for photography and art. Being able to work with what we really love is amazing. Every day is a discovery and I see how the picture makes us a better person. Photography has a power beyond what we imagine. I can not say that I choose the photograph, but that the picture chose me.

 

WHAT WOULD BE YOUR DREAM SHOOT TO DO?
My dream is to photograph fashion week in New York; I find the parades amazing. Of course, I have many other dreams, such as photographing fashion campaigns of internationally renowned brands.

 

WHAT IS SPECIAL ABOUT FASHION IN SAO PAOLO?
The Sao Paolo fashion week is special beyond their parades with reputable brands in the fashion market, has the presence of many top models as well as beginners models that stand out after a parade. Despite some problems I think Sao Paolo is one of the main fashion week in the world, I think the fashion market in Brazil is growing far beyond the Brazilian models always be among the best in the world.

 

WHAT WAS THE FIRST SHOOT YOU EVER DID?
I took behind the scenes photographs at fashion week. I always try arriving to an event early in order to learn more about the models and to adapt myself into the environment.

 

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR ANY STARTING OUT PHOTOGRAPHERS?
The advice I would give to photographers who are beginning would be to seek contacts with people linked to fashion. That way you have an opportunity to create a fashion portfolio. After that, things tend to happen of course, but that all depends on your dedication and commitment; as in everything in life.

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Craziest Looks From Fashion Weeks Around the World

Which Would You Wear?

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H&M Design @ Stockholm Fashion Week

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Agatha Ruiz de la Prada @ Madrid Fashion Week

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Bas Kosters @ Amsterdam Fashion Week

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Ida Sjöstedt @ Stockholm Fashion Week

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Nicholas Nybro @ Copenhagen Fashion Week

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Central Saint Martin’s @ London Fashion Week AW15 Style.com

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Kanye West x Adidas Originals @ London Fashion Week AW15 Style.com

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Whyred @ Stockholm Fashion Week

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VIA Design @ Copenhagen Fashion Week

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Central Saint Martin’s @ London Fashion Week AW15 Style.com

Interview With Prieston Fashion Designer @ Nolcha Fashion Week AW15

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WHAT WAS YOUR MAIN INSPIRATION FOR THIS SEASONS COLLECTION AT NOLCHA?

The “Dark Birds” collection for the FW15 season debuts at Nolcha Fashion Week. It was inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s strong blonde characters, and especially the movie “Birds”. There is another, a deeper message as well: as birds symbolize freedom and individuality, the collection encourages women to be fearless and even a bit crazy in fashion.

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WHAT IS THE MOST EXCITING ASPECT OF BEING A DESIGNER?
I love all parts of being a designer! The 6 months while the collections comes to life from the first inspiration to the fashion show is very exciting.

 

WHATS YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE?

Sometimes I need to deal with unnecessary things, that are not closely connected with my job as being a designer but I need to do them to help the brand grow.

 

WHAT PIECE HAVE YOU DESIGNED THAT YOU ARE MOST PROUD OF?

In early February 2014, I have designed stage costumes for Gigi Radics, a popular Hungarian singer for the Eurovision song contest. I had to give options for her outfit, the vocalists and the dancers as well, and the time frame was quite short. Then, after the team decided about the sketches, I had to prepare the costumes very quickly. It was not only about the design process, but there were many other aspects (the moves, the lights and cameras, etc.) that I had to take in account.

 

WHATS THE FIRST PIECE YOU EVER DESIGNED?

I was 4 years old, and I designed a dress for my grandma’s birthday. I sewed it by hand, and in the end it looked like a big circus tent. I loved it, and imagined that she will wear it to pick me up in the kindergarten and I could brag about it. So granny’s birthday was a big family gathering, and while I showed how to wear the dress, I accidentally torn it. Everybody was laughing but it never made me sour. Instead it made me even more sure-footed about becoming a designer.

 

HOW HAVE YOU GROWN AS A DESIGNER SINCE YOUR FIRST COLLECTION?

While the DNA of the brand remained the same, I feel more freedom during the designing process, and my personality is more visible on the designs.

 

WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO CELEBRATE/RELAX AFTER YOUR NOLCHA SHOW?

Go out and party! I hope we will find lots of new friends and we will have a great night.

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Interview with Charles + Ron: Fashion Designers @ Nolcha Fashion Week AW15

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WHAT WAS YOUR MAIN INSPIRATION FOR THIS SEASONS COLLECTION AT NOLCHA?
We were inspired by “Ganutell” which is a Maltese art form where intricate Copper, Silver and Gold wires become handcrafted flowers. These flowers are than carefully placed under a glass dome. They were the Grandmasters; favorite gift to the Popes and Royalty. An artistic treasure still admired in the 21st Century. Opulent and decadent. Fragile and feminine.

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WHAT IS THE MOST EXCITING ASPECT OF BEING A DESIGNER?
The most exciting aspect of being a designer is that we are always creating. The journey from original idea to the final garment is something very special.

 

WHAT PIECE HAVE YOU DESIGNED THAT YOU ARE MOST PROUD OF?
We are very proud of our new collection and printed silks but especially proud of our final gown that features an original handcrafted “Ganutell ” necklace.

 

WHATS THE FIRST PIECE YOU EVER DESIGNED?
The first collection we designed together consisted of several hand painted white dresses, we can’t remember which was the very first one, as this was quite a few years ago.

 

HOW HAVE YOU GROWN AS A DESIGNER SINCE YOUR FIRST COLLECTION?
Yes we have definitely grown through the years ,as we have found our style and we have made the history and culture of our home country an important part of our work.

 

WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO CELEBRATE/RELAX AFTER YOUR NOLCHA SHOW?
We will be hosting a fabulous after party on February 15th together with Nolcha FW , so that is where will celebrate our new collection!

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Day 3 @ Berlin Fashion Week AW15

RP Curator for Germany Olivia Acar snaps some faves at Berlin Fashion Week
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Day 2 @ Berlin Fashion Week AW15

RP Curator for Germany Olivia Acar snaps some faves at Berlin Fashion Week
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Day 1 @ Berlin Fashion Week AW15

RP Curator for Germany Olivia Acar snaps some faves at Berlin Fashion Week
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Interview with Angel Wong of Angel Wong Image – Hong Kong

Name: Angel Wong
Occupation: Milliner

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Photo taken at New York Asian Fashion Week Extravaganza produced by Vicki Victoire(Gwen Vikkey Miao) of La Mode by GV Miao – an Oriental Perspective –  http://la-mode-by.gvmiao.com

WHAT MADE YOU BECOME A FASHION DESIGNER

It’s Dream!!!  It definitely is a dream to make me be a headpieces designer.  According to my experience in Bridal imaging from last ten years in Hong Kong, I realized how importance of accessories for a perfect image required.  A wrong headpiece and jewelry with wrong outfit, can ruin you up even you have perfect makeup, hair styling and gowns.   But if reverse, you can be the glamorous beauty if your outfit wear with a stunning headpiece.    They all have relations!

My dream is to make everyone be charming by having their own personality shown even with simple outfit but a characteristic headpiece.

 

WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR INSPIRATION? BOTH FOR YOUR MOST RECENT COLLECTION AND AS A DESIGNER IN GENERAL.

Inspiration is all around us.  We can always inspired by things what we seen, we touched, and we feel.  I create “when leafs goes white” when I saw the news of environmental problems in cities life, love the greens before its too late to  go!  And created the Empire Collection just after I saw a Chinese movie.

Ideas is all over our mind and be created every moment…!

 

WHAT IS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE?

The biggest challenge is always how’s your creations go perfectly with customer’s expectations.  In order to provide a characteristically products to our customers, we are happy to provide headpiece-tailor-made services to them. We will communicate with our customers to understand their requirements, aims of function and style to be match …. etc…that would takes time to do it and of course not a cost-effective business, but, this is our spirit!!   To make everyone be charming by having their own personality!!

 

WHO ARE SOME DESIGNERS THAT INSPIRE YOU?

Phillip Treacy is always the star in my heart!!!

 

HOW HAVE YOU GROWN SINCE YOUR FIRST COLLECTION?

I started my collection from a homemade products, and for 8 years later today, I am happy to have my own retail and workshop in shopping centre at Tsimshatsui Hong Kong.

I never think of making a big issues, I just do whatever I can do and try the very best for every challenge.  As a designer, customers satisfactory and endorsement will give me power to moving forward and forward.

 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PIECE YOU EVER MADE?

The Chinese silver crown named “Phoenix Dream” featured on the runway of New York Asian Fashion Week Extravaganza which pushed my creativity and handcraftsmanship to their limits