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New Brand to Watch – Coming Soon to Runway Passport is Jia Wertz’ Very Chic Studio 15

We are so excited to share Jia Wertz of Studio 15 with all of you fashion obsessed ladies. We definitely know you will love her, her collection and the amazing charity Kleos that she is collaborating with. Please check out her interview below to learn more:

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START STUDIO 15?

I spent 15 years working for major brands such as bebe, Aldo, and Guess and loved not only the fashion aspect of it, but the business side as well. I knew long term I wanted to spend my time doing something I love day in and day out, and that’s why decided to create Studio 15. It allowed me to bring together my two passions: fashion and philanthropy.

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WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR INSPIRATION FROM?

First and foremost from the streets of New York City. Much of the inspiration behind our collections comes from the impeccable style of the women in New York. And secondly, from traveling the world. Anytime I have the opportunity to travel and experience different cultures, I’m inspired.

 

WHAT IS YOUR DREAM DESTINATION FOR YOUR NEXT VACATION?

Well, I just returned from Trinidad and that was pretty amazing, I had been wanting to visit Trinidad for over a decade and finally did it. We also shot our next campaign shoot for Studio 15 while we were there, which was a blast! My next dream destination is definitely Maldives. If I could just stay in one of those water bungalows, it would really be a dream come true.

 

WHO IS THE WOMAN WHO WOULD WEAR STUDIO 15?

She’s bold, young, in style, and stands out in a crowd.

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WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB EVER?

My first job ever was working a hot dog stand when I was 14 years old (not many people know that).

 

TELL US ABOUT THE CHARITY YOU PAIR WITH?

Kleos Microfinance Group is an organization aimed towards improving the living conditions for people around the globe that are in the greatest need of economic assistance. Simply put, Kleos gives small manageable loans to people who may otherwise not be able to get funding to start their own small businesses.

 

WHAT HAS BEEN THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE IN BEING A DESIGNER?

The costs of production. Studio 15’s Bespoke Collection is produced right here in New York City, so it can get quite expensive, and we aim to keep our prices as low as possible for our customers, so it can be a challenge. But that is something we will not change. We are very focused on providing high quality pieces at affordable prices for our customer.

 

BIGGEST SUCCESS?

We dressed Liz Hernandez on Access Hollywood last week, that was a pretty big deal for a small startup. Liz wore our Midi Skirt & Crop Top Two-Piece Set and she looked incredible in it.

 

HOW AND WHEN DID YOU REALIZE YOU WANTED TO BE A DESIGNER?

I have been making my own clothes since I was a teenager. I’ve always been petite and when I was young, store bought clothes often wouldn’t fit me right, so my mom would alter them for me. And then she taught me how to sew so I could do it myself. I immediately started to sew my own clothes, and loved the freedom to create whatever I wanted.

 

ANY ADVICE FOR STARTING OUT DESIGNERS?

In order to create designs that will sell and are marketable, it is always crucial to ask yourself two very important questions, and if you have a really good, clear answer to these questions, you will have much better sell through rates. If you don’t have a clear answer to these questions, chances are that people may love it, but still won’t buy it because they won’t have an occasion to wear it to.

i. Who will wear this piece?

ii. Where will she wear it to?

 

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

Something sleek and in style. I don’t think I would change the way I select my outfit every other day, except that I’d be sure to take a dose of confidence with me.

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Amsterdam Fashion Week SS16

Tons of fashion designers from emerging to established all recently presented their collections at Amsterdam Fashion Week.  Amsterdam is one of the many fashion forward cities where you can go to discover new fashion designers and trends.

Come check out all these Dutch talents and discover your new favorite fashion designer!

Photos are all by Photographer Giusy de Ceglia.

Fashion Designers: Click on their name to see their runway show:
Alexandra Frida
AMWesten
Army of Me
Arrey
Aziz Bekkaoui
By Danie
Franzel
Future Generation – Jazz Kuipers
Future Generation – Jeff Montes
House of Byfield
Jonathan Christopher
Judith van Vliet and Chris van den Elzen
Lichting Emerging Designer Competition
Maria Cle Leal
Mayn
Monique Collignon 6
Monique Collignon Light Couture
Political catwalk – GABI
Spijkers and Spijkers
Susana Bettencourt
Tailor & Elbaz
Tony Cohen

Fashion Blogger to Follow- Erica Stolman From San Diego

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NAME: Erica Stolman
WEBSITE/BLOG: Fashion Lus – http://www.fashionlush.com/
CITY + COUNTRY: San Diego, United States

 

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START YOUR BLOG

I started blogging wayyyy back when 2008, when blogging first became a “thing”. I was in college working towards my degree in Fashion Merchandising & wanted an outlet to share all of my experiences and inspirations, so starting a blog just kinda made sense at that point in my life. At first, it was strictly a hobby as I needed to focus on my education, but once I graduated it took center stage of my life & has now grown into what it is today!

WHAT IS THE STORY BEHIND YOUR BLOG NAME?

Love this question, cause honestly, I don’t think anyone knows!

You know how they call people who get all flirty when drinking a “lush”? Yea, well that’s basically how I get with fashion. Whenever I get a new pair of shoes I love or a bag I’ve been eyeing for a while, I literally get a little buzz off of the buy (aka shoppers high!).

WHAT MAKES YOUR BLOG STAND OUT?

I think the combination of fashion + DIY make my blog stand out. Typically you either find fashion bloggers or DIY bloggers, but rarely both!

DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL/SIGNATURE STYLE?

Minimalistic, comfortable, & a little bit 90’s inspired.

WHO IS YOUR #1 FASHION ICON?

Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen combined, always (there basically one person, right?). I know that’s so cliche of me, but I really don’t care, they are amazing in every way.

FAVORITE LOCAL DESIGNERS?

Honestly, when it comes to clothes there aren’t a lot of local designers I know much about here in San Diego. Jewelry though, I am all about JNB Style. The midi rings are my favorite :).

FAVORITE WEBSITES?

Nylon | Refinery 29 | StyleList | IFB | WWD

FAVORITE ITEM IN YOUR CLOSET NOW?

My Alexander Wang Prisma lunchbag purse.

It was seriously sold out everywhere and impossible to find, so I was pretty ecstatic when stumbled upon what I think was the last one on the entire internet!

FAVORITE BOOK, MOVIE + BAND?

Favorite book: Gone Girl (& all books by Gillian Flynn for that matter!)

Favorite movie: Currently: Boyhood | Of All Time: Factory Girl

Favorite band: Currently: HAIM | Of All Time: Fleetwood Mac

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

Wow! That’s a hard question. I would probably wear my leather skinny pants, a crisp white v-neck with this pinstriped blazer I just got, & pointy toed ankle boots (preferably the ACNE Loma boots). Keep it simple, always.

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

Divisionary (do the right thing) by Ages and Ages & Redneck Woman by Gretchen Wilson (don’t know why, but this song gets me pumped!).

FAVORITE E-COMMERCE SITES?

Missguided | Topshop | ASOS | Pixie Market

ANY OTHER BLOGS YOU LOVE?

The Skinny Confidential, Modern Legacy, & Sunday’s Pearl are my daily go-to’s.

BIGGEST FASHION MISTAKE YOU EVER MADE?

Following a trend that I didn’t even like in the first place! Obviously you’ve got to take chances, but don’t just follow trends because other people are. If you don’t like it, stick to your gut!

3 FASHION TIPS?

1. Stay true to yourself/your style
2. Splurge on good jeans (it really makes all the difference)
3. Don’t take it too seriously! Fashion is fun, so get weird with it.

FAVORITE SNACK/ PICK ME UP?

Ginger shots! I started drinking ginger shots in Copenhagen this past year & ever since I’ve been hooked. They give me a ton of energy, strengthens the immune system, aids in digestion, boost metabolism, & detoxifies. You can order them up at your local juice spot or you can make them yourself. Find my personal recipe here.

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Aziz BEKKAOUI Backstage Report + Interview @ Amsterdam Fashion Week AW15

Photographer: Giusy de Ceglia

AMSTERDAM - Aziz Bekkaoui Backstage Report at MBFWA for Runway Passport. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia

HOW DO YOU CHOOSE WHICH MODEL WEARS WHAT LOOK?

I don’t choose my models only on their looks but also on their presence, energy and how they look in a public place. Every look is special customized for each model.

 

WHAT DO YOU DO BACKSTAGE TO ENERGIZE MODELS  FOR THE RUNWAY BEFORE EVERYONE GOES ON?

This is a process, it already starts in the morning. I make sure that I connect with every model and give them al personal love / attention and comfort. This is something that builds up the whole day.

 

WHAT MUSIC DID YOU PLAY AT YOUR SHOW?
The music at my show was a combination of old-school nostalgic music from the 80’s and urban. The mix was made by the talented DJ RobManga.

 

WHAT NEW MODELS ARE YOU MOST EXCITED ABOUT THIS SEASON?

Im very excited about all the models who participated at my show. But especially Jolie van Dijk, she has a classical look but her presence is modern and contemporary.

 

WHAT TIME DID YOU GO TO BED THE NIGHT BEFORE YOUR SHOW?

I always try to go to bed early the whole week before the show, I know I need to save a lot of energy for the big day. Unfortunately the last day before the show I always sleep very late, I only had two hours of sleep.

 

ANY CRAZY MOMENTS LEADING UP TO THE SHOW (i.e. A MODEL NO SHOW, MISSING ACCESSORY, ETC)

Everything went smoothly. My preparations are always months before the show, this wil prevent a lot of chaos and hectic moments backstage.

 

WHAT DID YOU DO THE NIGHT AFETR YOUR SHOW?

I had a fresh and delicious homemade dinner made by dear friends.

 

WHAT GOES THROUGH YOUR HEAD RIGHT BEFORE THE SHOW AND RIGHT AFTER?

Before the show I feel a lot of happiness and excitement. There is a great energy on the moment when all the models, hair crew, make-up crew and dressers arrive. This is an amazing crew to create the show with. Afterwords I feel satisfied because we worked hard to make something beautiful and the enthusiasm of the audience/the guests makes it complete.

 

 NOW THAT IT’S ALL OVER, WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF THE PAST WEEK?

I love the fitting, casting and the show was great, but my most favorite part was when the models arrived for their first rehearsal, double checking how everything looks and will turn out.

 

 WHAT IS YOUR NEXT PLAN TO MERGE ART AND FASHION OR YOUR NEXT ARTISTIC PLAN?

I’m working on a project with fashion and art. I can’t tell a lot about it right now but it will be a celebration and tribute to fashion in a big fashion city.

 

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE FOR YOU RIGHT BEFORE A RUNWAY SHOW AND RIGHT BEFORE AN ART EXHIBIT PRESENTATION?
DOES EACH MEDIUM FEEL DIFFERENT RIGHT BEFORE IT IS EXPOSED – SHOWN TO THE WORLD?

A runway show and an exhibit presentation are two different disciplines but feel the same. It’s about creating a new world and concept that you can share with other people. I love to inspire people, so emotionally I’m sharing the same feeling.

 

WHAT COMES NEXT NOW?

I’m curating and creating a new concept for a fashion exhibition from young talented designers, and I’m planning my next performance/runway in a big city.

 

AMSTERDAM - Aziz Bekkaoui Backstage Report at MBFWA for Runway Passport. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia
Model: Jolie Van Dijk

AMSTERDAM - Aziz Bekkaoui Backstage Report at MBFWA for Runway Passport. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia

 

 

AMSTERDAM - Aziz Bekkaoui Backstage Report at MBFWA for Runway Passport. Copyright: Giusy de CegliaModel: Jolie Van Dijk

AMSTERDAM - Aziz Bekkaoui Backstage Report at MBFWA for Runway Passport. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia
Model: Jolie Van Dijk

AMSTERDAM - Aziz Bekkaoui Backstage Report at MBFWA for Runway Passport. Copyright: Giusy de CegliaModel: Jolie Van Dijk

AMSTERDAM - Aziz Bekkaoui Backstage Report at MBFWA for Runway Passport. Copyright: Giusy de CegliaModel: Jolie Van Dijk

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AMSTERDAM - Aziz Bekkaoui Backstage Report at MBFWA for Runway Passport. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia

AMSTERDAM - Aziz Bekkaoui Backstage Report at MBFWA for Runway Passport. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia

AMSTERDAM - Aziz Bekkaoui Backstage Report at MBFWA for Runway Passport. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia

AMSTERDAM - Aziz Bekkaoui Backstage Report at MBFWA for Runway Passport. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia

AMSTERDAM - Aziz Bekkaoui Backstage Report at MBFWA for Runway Passport. Copyright: Giusy de Ceglia

Designer of the Week: Cleo Gkatzeli from Athens, Greece

Interview with Cleo Gkatzeli from Athens, Greece

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WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT BEING A FASHION DESIGNER?

The best thing about fashion designing is that it’s a very creative profession and this never ceases to impress me!
I love my work so much that… I don’t feel like it’s working at all!

 

WHAT HAS BEEN YOU BIGGEST CHALLENGE?

The biggest challenge is to decide the path in which you want to walk through, and what is your aim, of course.
The most important thing of all is to know what direction you want to follow as a fashion designer. The dream! As soon as you have it clear in front of you, then it is possible to accomplish anything!

 

WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR INSPIRATION?

Being among fabrics and colors, is my happy place. Seeing or touching new fabrics and various other materials like ribbons, buttons and other trims, is enough to trigger many different design ideas in my mind which I can’t wait to bring to life! Foreign cultures and travel also brings me so much inspiration, so I always wish to travel in several countries.

 

WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO BECOME A DESIGNER?

Becoming a fashion designer was not a wish, it was a natural turn in my life.
My parents were both in the clothing industry, they owned two clothing shops. They were not designers themselves however. From my early age I had an inclination for painting and drawing, so my main studies were in Fine Arts. After I graduated my parents just gave me the idea to also study fashion design, and they did so good!! I am so grateful to them for this boost!

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 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

Back to the Future with Sadak @ Berlin Fashion Week AW15

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English Version:
When Sadaks’ models lined up for the final walk to the song Yass Bish by Soulja Boy feat. Nicki Minaj, it became certain: baggy jeans, hoodie sweaters and golden necklaces belong to the past. As of now, we want to see all rappers and bad boys in Sadak’s reinterpretation of the “Szur”: a traditional robe from Serbia – homeland of Sadak Designer Sasa Kovacevic. For his prints Kovacevic combined ethnic and contemporary symbols to carry tradition into the now.

Rough men in tights and neatly tied footgear tattooed and with nicely dressed hair – Sadak’s collection celebrated contrast and was innovative and unique. “Pride in individuality” was Sadak’s message which he definitely brought onto Berlin’s fashion runway. Yass Bish!

German Version –  Zurück in die Zukunft mit Sadak
Spätestens als Sadaks Models zum Song Yass Bish von Soulja Boy feat. Nicki Minaj zum finalen Walk antraten, stand fest: Baggy Jeans, Sweatshirt-Hoodie und Goldketten haben ausgedient. Wir wollen Hip Hop-Jungs und Bad Boys ab sofort in Sadaks Neuinterpretation des „Szurs“ sehen: Ein traditionelles Gewand aus Serbien – der Heimat des Designers hinter Sadak, Sasa Kovacevic. In seinen Prints verquickt Sadak ethnische mit zeitgenössischen Symbolen, so wie Pflanzen-Ornamente mit dem Eingabefeld einer Suchmaschine, und befördert so Tradition ins Jetzt.

Raue Männer in Strumpfhosen und ordentlich geschnürtem Schuhwerk, tätowiert und fein frisiert – Sadaks Kollektion feiert Kontraste, ist innovativ und einzigartig. „Pride in individuality –  Stolz in Individualität“ ist Sadaks Botschaft und die hat er in Berlin zweifellos auf die Modebühne gebracht. Yass, Bish!

Sadak Show - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Autumn/Winter 2015/16

Sadak Show - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Autumn/Winter 2015/16