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WHAT WAS YOUR MOST RECENT COLLECTION ABOUT? THE ONE YOU ARE ABOUT TO SHOW?
It is about Theaters, Decay , velvet, crushed concrete , handmade shoes inspired satin pointe , contrasts in form and material , the collection reflects a combination of extremes. I became fascinated by places velvet red curtains gave access to a wide variety of performances night after night, in beautiful costumes and impressive decors , and now became spaces of silence and oblivion. Theaters where a distant echo of the applause echoes against the weathered walls of the scene. Theaters in decay.
WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR INSPIRATION AS A DESIGNER?
I find you can be inspired by everything really.. If I would have to narrow it down to a couple of things I would probably say nature and architecture. Also within those two I find the contrasts I love most, organic fluid shapes and constructed forms and hard lines. I love lines.. Always have.. To find a beautiful line or to create one has always been something I look for first. It is something I literally feel in my fingers when I draw up a design..
WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO BECOME A DESIGNER?
I want to tell stories, elaborate stories that take you on a journey, weather you wear my design or watch my films or feel it when you listen to the music I create for a show..
You can tell stories in so many ways, in a photo, in a film, music or even in sent.. and you can combine them all and let them tell you a story of a dress for instance.. a dress you’ll live your live in, you’ll experience things in.. it is really intimate. I like to add to that and create something beautiful to wear when you are living your life.. That is such an honor to me.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF YOUR CAREER AND WHAT IS THE MOST CHALLENGING?
Those are moments that keep changing and moving forward somehow..
First it was when I created couture for Bruuns Bazaar when I was working there in Copenhagen. It went to New York Fashion Week, it was special because like the Netherlands Denmark doesn’t have a background in couture. So it was exceptional to be able to create something to prove that is was actually possible. Then I started my own Label and gave my own first show, even after creating so many shows for all the fashion houses I worked for before, it was special to do my own. Then it became more about the business side of leading your own company, that is something completely different but you’ll have to be creative there as well. I am proud now of the fact that I have a label that is never still, but tries to challenge itself to come closer to its essence every collection and that is financially healthy.
That is a big challenge these days.
I KNOW YOU WORKED FOR MANY YEARS AFTER GRADUATING FOR AN ASSORTMENT OF DESIGNERS – HOW DID YOU KNOW IT WAS TIME TO GO ON YOUR OWN?
Something you just feel. Off course I always knew I was to start my own label. It was just a matter of when. It was a very conscious choice not to start straight after the academy, but learn more, and learn all the thing you can only learn from working, not studying. I always realized the importance of that. Then after a certain point I felt I had learned enough to at least have the knowledge to solve problems or where to look to solve them. Same goes for production and financially how things work. Just a more rounded knowledge of what this industry entails. I knew I had something to say and that this was the time to say it.
HOW DO YOU FEEL YOU HAVE GROWN SINCE YOUR FIRST COLLECTION?
I have developed my signature more and more within every collection I created. It is something I will want to continue doing for as long I as I can create.
WHAT HAVE YOU DONE OR CREATED THAT YOU ARE MOST PROUD OF?
That is a short answer: DORHOUT MEES.
WHAT DESIGNERS HAVE INSPIRED YOU THE MOST?
Haider Ackermann, without a doubt. I can ‘feel’ his designs, you can see how they where developed from an emotion or feeling of some sort. And his craft and techniques are unique. He tells stories in a very special way, and I respect that enormously.
WHAT STANDS OUT OR IS SPECIAL ABOUT YOUR LABEL?
I always prefer others to answer those questions ;-) Or even to let the work do the talking.. But I’ll try anyways.., I think it is probably the fact that I am trying to find a balance between the conceptual and the wearable. As both are equally important in my work I strive to come closer to the essence of that every collection. And individually every piece is a word or maybe a sentence and together they are a story..
IF YOU COULD DRESS ANYONE WHO WOULD IT BE?
Right now I would love to create something for Lana Del Rey or Lykke Li. Although I have to say that creating something for women that have the mindset of getting the most out of live and accomplishing their goals and making them work, is my biggest motivation.
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR STARTING OUT DESIGNERS AND WHAT WAS THE BEST ADVICE YOU GOT WHEN YOU WERE STARTING OUT?
My advice would be to start working for other labels first, see how it’s really done. And be prepared to give your every minute to it, anything less then that will not work.
Best advice… Probably; ‘Don’t forget your thank you notes’
WHAT ARE YOU DOING AFTER YOUR SHOW?
I will celebrate with my team, as we always do. Have dinner and drinks and be thankful we created something together. Then I will hopefully go somewhere far away where I will put my phone on silent and won’t read my mail 😉