Fashion Designer Carmichael Byfield of House of Byfield Talks to Runway Passport

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Runway Passport could not be more excited to talk to one of our favorite creative fashion designers who is a star of the Amsterdam Fashion Scene. He is about to blow up internationaly as well, with plans to show at he upcoming New York Fashion Week and Los Angeles Fashion Week.

Get to learn about the very talented Carmichael Byfield of House of Byfield.
House of Byfield (Carmichael Byfield) Backstage at MBFWA SS16 2

WHEN DID YOU KNOW YOU WANTED TO BE A DESIGNER?

As early  as the tender age of six. Fashion was already in my blood throughout various family members who were steamstresses while growing up in Jamaica in the early 70’s. Therefore the trend lives within me, and now i’m here living this dream as an International designer.

 

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT BEING A FASHION DESIGNER?

I love to see models on the catwalk wearing the designs and have heads turn/turning. It gives me unexplainable feelings to have accomplished taking something from a dream to reality.

 

WHAT IS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE? AND YOUR BIGGEST DREAM?

My biggest challenge/dream was the struggle to have the money paid for the MBFWNY in Feb 2015, that challenge pushes me harder to chase the current dream I’m living.

 

WHO WOULD BE YOUR DREAM PERSON TO DRESS?

Tyson Beckford, Growing up in New York in the early 90’s and having seen him-Tyson as an Icon dominating {Ralph Lauren} collections on many billboards, gives me the urge to have him one day wearing my designs. Either on the catwalk or to a fashion event.

 

WHAT ARE YOU DOING AFTER YOUR FASHION SHOW TO CELEBRATE?

There isn’t anytime to celebrate. Once the fashion season in the Netherlands is over, then I work rapidly towards and be prepared for the next fashion seasons globally.

 

WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR INSPIRATION?

My inspiration came from established known designers such as: Versace, Moschino, Ted Lapidus, Nicole Miller & Donna Karen.

 

WHAT IS THE FIRST PIECE YOU EVER MADE AND HOW HAVE YOU GROWN AS A DESIGNER SINCE THEN?

The first piece I ever made was this design –  And it took me 3 hours to complete the suit. Afterwards it was shown on the runway at the AA show in Rotterdam. Seeing the countless publications from this design gave me the growth in the Netherlands and globally.

 

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE TO ANY STARTING OUT DESIGNERS?

To all starting designers, NEVER give up! Nothing in life is easy or for free, so continue pushing, work harder, make a way when there isn’t a way and most of all believe in yourself.

 

HOW DO YOU STAY SANE AND CALM AMID GETTING READY FOR THE FASHION WEEK CRAZINESS?

LOL, I stay calm because I am already an experienced designer, I know exactly what I want and all I do is put everything in place and excute the plans.

 

WHAT IS NEXT?

My next mission in a fashion tour in the Unites State and starting with the NYFW 17th September, then the LA Fashion Week 5th-8th October.

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