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Jef Montes Interview with Amsterdam Fashion Week Designer

Fashion Photographer Giusy de Ceglia
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HOW WOULD YOU BEST INTRODUCE YOURSELF TO RUNWAY PASSPORT’S READERS AND FOLLOWERS?

As an artist rather than a clothing designer, who’s seeking boundaries in fashion through my presentations, I follow my own instinct and my personal view on aesthetics without being limited by the practical requirements clothing has. When I start designing a collection, I start with a story. This story develops into a particular image in my head and eventually this will be converted to design.

I start with an image and don’t consider portability. When working on a collection, I use the immersion from former collections and knowledge from my previous research. It all becomes one continuing process. Material development remains the focus point in all my collections and I try to challenge myself to experiment with apocalyptical material manipulations, and specifically the possibility of the sculptural shaping of the material.

I studied Fashion Design at ArtEZ Institute of the Arts in Arnhem and I graduated in 2012 with a honours degree. During my studies at the academy, I developed a fascination for light and especially the effect light has on materials. Light has become the overarching factor of my work. For my dissertation thesis I collected all kinds of objects to which I felt a personal connection. Most of the objects were from my Spanish background, e.g. porcelain statues, communion candles and miniature ships. Especially their shape and shine has become the basis of my signature work, whereas my drive for experiments is the main part of my signature work. It can be seen in every collection I made. I’m fascinated by ‘experiment on stage’ and it’s my goal to develop one design directly on the catwalk in every collection . RESOLVER was a total collection experiment on stage.

HOW WAS YOUR EXPERIENCE AT AMSTERDAM FASHION WEEK AND IN WHICH WAY WAS IT DIFFERENT FROM THE PREVIOUS ONES?

This year was a exciting experience due to the tight schedule I worked on. In earlier collections I sometimes made the wrong choices concerning time schedules and communication, which resulted in something different from that that I had hoped for. It created chaos and obscurity. But it gave me the opportunity to learn and now I’m able to use that knowledge and my judgment in order to get myself and my team a better result. I feel like one needs all these experiences to learn each other’s ways and languages to be able to get better results in the future collections. For me, RESOLVER is such a result. For this show we had quite a few challenges, but it worked out really well.

YOUR SHOW – “RESOLVER'” – HAS BROUGHT UP MIXED EMOTIONS AND SHARP COMMENTS FROM WITHIN THE FASHION INDUSTRY. THE MOST CONSIDERED IT A MASTERPIECE, OTHERS WERE PUZZLED OR FOUND IT EVEN DISTURBING. WHAT IS YOUR TAKE ON ALL THE BUZZ THE SHOW CAUSED?

In times where fashion seems to revolve around quotes such as ‘Fashion is Dead’ (Li Edelkoort) and ‘Why fashion is crashing’ (Suzy Menkes), I think a lot about my future as a designer. Resolver is Spanish for ‘to solve’, and stands for a new fresh start. My label gives me the freedom to create my own aesthetic reality and rules – this season I wanted to start with a clean slate by literally resolving garments. What is left? A blank page, the bare-naked truth, purity and love. RESOLVER is an abstract and highly personal response to the current speed of the fashion industry. It was my goal to create a buzz, because it was a collection meant for the press. What is left of the garments is too little to use in a showroom or to be lend to stylists. It was purely meant as a statement. And I’m glad that the show brought up mixed emotions, because it means that it makes people think and even encourages new awareness.

HAVE YOU HAD AT ANY POINTS DOUBTS ABOUT YOUR PLANS FOR THE “RESOLVER” SHOW? WERE THERE MOMENTS WHEN YOU THOUGHT IT MIGHT HAVE NOT WORKED THE WAY YOU WANTED TO AND HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?

The main challenge was the material. Together with the Textiellab in Tilburg (lab for fabrics) I developed a dissolvable fabric. This fabric consist of polyvinyl alcohol and cotton which dissolves in water. The threads are woven into a cloth in such a way that the dissolvable layer was on top of the cotton layer. The idea to weave it this way was a result from two former collections of mine. My First collection ILLUMINOSA was focused on pigment and my second collection VELERO was focused on the melting procedure.

When throwing water on the new fabric, it firstly would obtain a kind of a black spot (like ink) and then it would dissolve. The Textiellab donated 50 metres of this fabric which I used to create 17 garments. When testing the dissolvable fabric in Tilburg we used only a one layer garment even though the collection consisted of multi layered garments. Sometimes garments even consisted out of six layers. My biggest concern of course was whether the multi layers would prevent the garment to dissolve the way I had envisioned beforehand. I even instructed my team backstage to rip the garments in case they wouldn’t dissolve the right way. But the magic happened on the runway and when I saw the almost naked models I was euphoric. It was so much better than I had envisioned.

WHAT DID YOU DO BACKSTAGE TO ENERGIZE THE MODELS FOR THE RUNWAY FOR THIS SPECIFIC SHOW? WERE THERE ANY “CRAZY MOMENTS” LEADING UP TO IT?

Originally I had plans for this experiment in July during the Future Generation, but due to the policy of the model agencies I worked with ,it couldn’t happe, so I had to postpone this collection. This time my fantastic team managed to find beautiful models who dared to go naked on the runway. Of course some of the models were nervous, some were afraid about whether the balloons would crack and others about walking naked on the runway. Just before the show some of the balloons cracked because the water inside was too warm and we had to change the temperature of the water a little. But the risk of cracking too early was still there and that was very thrilling. Apart from the foreseen obstacles, there were a few that arose on the runway during the show. The dissolving garments left threads that sometimes went between the model’s toes and the water made the runway slippery. ‘Fashion dying on stage and models crashing like fashion’. But the models handled their responsibilities perfectly and it was a great feeling to realize that everyone was so committed to perform this show the best they could.

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

Just moments before the show I felt all the adrenaline going through me and I was very curious to see how the collection would dissolve and what it would look like in the end. One week before the show all the garments were finished and we made photos of models wearing the garments. Then I got a little scared about destroying the garments because I thought they were interesting enough as they were at the time. So just before the show started I had this ‘kill your darlings’ feeling, but I needed to do it to complete this experiment. Right after the show I was so euphoric because my vision came through. What is left of the garments is like pieces of contemporary art.

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

My favorite part of the past week was that my collection was destroyed in a successful way. The audience was very impressed by the show and even grabbed fabric from the runway and took it home. This was a big compliment to me. At the end of the show I got a splash of water thrown over me, this was liberating and felt like a fresh beginning of a new creative chapter. Also the love I felt from my team was amazing; everybody was blown away by the result.

YOU ARE KNOWN FOR BEING QUITE THE ARTIST AND NOT ONLY A GREAT DESIGNER. WHAT IS YOUR NEXT PLAN TO MERGE ART AND FASHION OR YOUR NEXT ARTISTIC PLAN?

My next artistic plan will be designing my new collection TORMENTA, with the focus on the unravelling process. Tormenta is the Spanish word for storm and I will present it in Paris this year.

WHAT COMES NEXT NOW, GENERALLY SPEAKING?

I want to cross the borders and show my work more internationally. Up until now I needed to do everything in the Netherlands for my evolution. By making mistakes and doing research I feel like now is the time to expand outside the Netherlands. I also look forward to experience different interdisciplinary collaboration in other countries. I hope to find more investors so I can continue experimenting with limitless creativity and showing more collections in the future. For me it is good to have a direction, but on the other hand I want to be open to unforeseen events because in the end I am someone who listens to his inner feelings.

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

Shop Prints and Perfumes at House of Byfield

Click here for Runway Photos and here for Pre-Show and Backstage.  Photographer: Giusy de Ceglia

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.

Interview with Photographer Jena Cumbo

WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO BECOME A PHOTOGRAPHER?

I actually grew up in Rochester, NY, home of Kodak, so camera’s were always around growing up, but I never thought I’d make a career of it until much later. My parents were very working class and it was expected that if I went to college it would be for math or science because that’s what I was good at in high school. So I went to college for Biology at the University of Hartford in CT, but when I was choosing schools I strategically picked colleges that also had an art program so that I could take painting and photography classes too. I was totally smitten by the Hartford Art School, my classes and the friends that I met there. I ended up changing my major half way through my second year of college. To my parents chagrin, I became a painting and photography major. After undergrad, I went to SUNY Buffalo and earned an MFA in photography.

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WHAT IS THE MOST EXCITING PART OF YOUR JOB?

I’m freelance, and I do a lot of different things, so everyday is different. I kinda thrive on the excitement of having to throw my schedule around based on what comes up and sometimes even what falls through and how to best use my time.

 

WHAT HAS BEEN THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE?

Marketing and pricing, I’m a horrible business person. Constantly trying to get more clients and retain the ones that I already have.

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Greenpoint, Brooklyn Fashion Shoot

WHAT IS SPECIAL OR UNIQUE ABOUT YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY?

I think I’m good at making people feel comfortable in front of the camera. My work can be a little bit campy, I’m not afraid of trying silly things, working with props, or sometimes I create a situation or activity for the model/person to do to get a good shot and tell a story.

 

WHAT WOULD BE YOUR DREAM SHOOT?

working for TEEN Vogue or Roxy – I like shooting youthful, active fashion-lifestyle the best.

 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SHOOT YOU HAVE DONE SO FAR?

I did a shoot for Zooey Magazine where I prop styled a whole room to make it look like a kitchen and had two models from APM ‘making cookies’. It was a really fun and cute shoot.

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Zooey Magazine Shoot

WHAT PHOTOGRAPHERS INSPIRE YOU?

Ben Watts, Jason Kibbler, Craig McDean, Tierney Gearson, Jeff Wall, Lauren Greenfield (I use to assist Greenfield)

 

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB?

I shot for my Biology professor’s summer internship program with Nasa. We were doing things like soil samples and the whole thing had to do with water, it paved the way for me doing lots of Art Department event photography for years to come.

 

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR STARTING OUT PHOTOGRAPHERS?
Assist. It’s the best education, I learned way more about lighting and the business from all the photographers and various sets I worked on than I ever did in school.
Also, don’t compare yourself/your work to others too much – I try to limit my time on social media because I am victim of that myself. I think its more important to shoot a lot and figure out what your own voice is that way.

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Fashion Blogger to Follow- Grace Ramsey From Los Angeles

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NAME: Grace Ramsey + Lili Eichler
WEBSITE/BLOG: Cook. Capture. Create –  www.cook-capturecreate.blogspot.com
CITY + COUNTRY: Los Angeles, United States

 

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START YOUR BLOG?


Wanting to work in the creative arts field when I’m older was the main reason to start this blog. Being able to showcase my work and love for photography and fashion is a great way to get started. You have to start somewhere!

 

WHAT MAKES YOUR BLOG STAND OUT?



Having the three things women love in this era (food, fashion, photography) creates a more relatable environment attracting and inspiring more people.

 

DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL/SIGNATURE STYLE?


I don’t think its possible to pick one style! Everything depends on the mood I’m in and I love switching things up!

 

WHO IS YOUR #1 FASHION ICON?


I can’t get enough of  Candice Swanepoel’s style.

 

FAVORITE LOCAL DESIGNERS?

Denise Carolyn.

 

FAVORITE WEBSITES?



Most of my inspiration comes from either Instagram, or of course Tumblr.

 

FAVORITE ITEM IN YOUR CLOSET NOW?


My favorite item in my closet right now is my green army jacket! Its big, comfy and works with almost anything!

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FAVORITE BOOK, MOVIE + BAND?

My absolute favorite movie would have to be ‘Silver Linings Playbook’. As far as books, anything with romance! And although I can’t pick one, I love The Weeknd.

 

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

I’m Not the Only One, by Sam Smith

 

BIGGEST FASHION MISTAKE YOU EVER MADE?



Biggest mistake- thinking its the 80’s and trying to wear a chunky belt with every outfit.

 

3 FASHION TIPS?

1. If you’re not confident with what you’re wearing, don’t wear it.
2. Don’t hide you’re worst features, show off you’re best.
3. Less is definitely more in some cases. Simple and clean outfits work!

 

FAVORITE SNACK/ PICK ME UP?

My go to food is any type of smoothie!

Fashion Blogger to Follow- Adrianna Kinal From Melbourne

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NAME: Adrianna Kinal
WEBSITE/BLOG: AA Kinal – http://aakinal.com
CITY + COUNTRY: Melbourne, Australia

 

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START YOUR BLOG?

For the past 10 years I’ve worked as an Art Director in the fashion industry and I wanted to start my own site. I started the blog AAKinal.com as a way to communicate my point of view on fashion , art and trends.

 

WHAT IS THE STORY BEHIND YOUR BLOG NAME?

It’s an abbreviation of my name Adrianna Aleksandra Kinal.

 

WHAT MAKES YOUR BLOG STAND OUT?

It stands out with my fashion art. Through my eccentric, stylish and colorful images I convey fashion trends and highlight what I find interesting in fashion at the moment.

DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL/SIGNATURE STYLE?

My personal style is structured and understated classic. I love European designers and good quality pieces.

 

WHO IS YOUR #1 FASHION ICON?

That’s a tough one. It’s between Mira Duma’s fashion-forward style or Carine Roitfeld’s classic but edgy French chic look.

 

FAVORITE LOCAL DESIGNERS?

Elisabeth Weinstock is one of my favorite local designers because she creates the most stunning bags and décor items from colorful snake and animal skins. Also Denisse Shott and Erica Hernandez from Language- they have a beautiful way of combining gorgeous prints, laces and garment dye to create very special-looking feminine pieces.

 

FAVORITE WEBSITES?

I spend a lot of time on Style.com looking at designer collections and trends. Also Businessoffashion.com for solid fashion business news.

 

FAVORITE ITEM IN YOUR CLOSET NOW?

3.1 Phillip Lim’s Mini Pashli bag.
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FAVORITE BOOK, MOVIE + BAND?

With so many great books, movies and bands it’s hard to narrow it down to one. I recently watched the movie Whiplash – wow, it had a big impact on me. I love the main characters’ strong passion and desire to be the greatest at his talent.

 

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

Lol, good question. I would wear whatever I felt like that day, probably something classic with a vintage bag or accessory.

 

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

The war on drugs – Ocean between the waves.

 

ANY OTHER BLOGS YOU LOVE?

I’ve always been blown away by Ji Kim’s creativity from Luxirare.com.

 

BIGGEST FASHION MISTAKE YOU EVER MADE?

I’m not sure if I’ve made one, lol.

 

3 FASHION TIPS?

-Dress true to who you really are and for the environment you’re in.

-Have a specific uniform comprised of classic go-to pieces.

-Always dress how you want to be perceived. In the words of Rachel Zoe – ‘Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak’.

 

FAVORITE SNACK/ PICK ME UP?

Coffee with lots of milk and a chocolate croissant is always a good idea.

 

BLOGS TO FOLLOW- RP INTERVIEWS LOUISA WARWICK FROM NEW YORK

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NAME: Louisa Warwick
WEBSITE/BLOG: Louisa Warwick –  Www.louisawarwick.co.uk
CITY + COUNTRY: New York, USA

 

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START YOUR BLOG?

I was inspired to start a blog by people coming up to me asking where my outfit is from & suggesting I start a blog!

 

DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL/SIGNATURE STYLE?

My personal style is city chic. I like to wear biker boots, leather jackets , dark eyeliner, ripped skinny jeans, long loose hair & an oversized hat whilst running around New York.

 

WHO IS YOUR #1 FASHION ICON?

My fashion Icon is Kate Moss.

 

FAVORITE LOCAL DESIGNERS?

Joseph Singh.

 

FAVORITE WEBSITES?

Net a porter

 

FAVORITE ITEM IN YOUR CLOSET NOW?

This vintage chanel dress made from silk
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FAVORITE BOOK, MOVIE + BAND?

Noughts and Crosses, Devils Where to Prada, and Ja rule

 

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

If I wear to have lunch with AW & CR I would wear fitted black skinny jeans by j brand, black suede stiletto ankle boots by saint laurent, a tight fitted top with an oversized chanel blazer , accesorized with a saint laurent tote & a large gold cuff.

 

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

That really catchy Sam smith song.

 

ANY OTHER BLOGS YOU LOVE?

Tuula vintage

 

BIGGEST FASHION MISTAKE YOU EVER MADE?

I was going to a Christian Louboutin event in Miami & my Matthew Williamson dress zipper ripped open down the whole side of my dress. My friend had to sew me into the dress on the way to the event in the car.

 

3 FASHION TIPS?

If you’re not sure just wear all black and accessorize with gold hardwear. A large Gold cuff bracelet accesorizes 90% of all outfits. Your nail polish color can make or break an outfit so be sure to choose the color wisely!

 

FAVORITE SNACK/ PICK ME UP?

Cadburys dairy milk chocolate

Blogs to Follow- RP Interviews Lisa Hamilton From Melbourne

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NAME: Lisa Hamilton
WEBSITE/BLOG: See Want Shop – www.seewantshop.blogspot.com
CITY + COUNTRY: Melbourne, Australia

 

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START YOUR BLOG?

I was living overseas on a working holiday and using social media to share photos with family/friends back home. From there I started generating a following so I decided to start a website for my readers.

 

WHAT IS THE STORY BEHIND YOUR BLOG NAME?

I wanted to come up with a quick, easy name that stood out.

 

WHAT MAKES YOUR BLOG STAND OUT?

I try to cover fashion, inspiration and travel. I also like to keep my blog quite minimal, with simple photography and wording. People are so busy these days I like to make the trip to my site easy for them!

 

DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL/SIGNATURE STYLE?

classic, everyday, laid-back

 

WHO IS YOUR #1 FASHION ICON?

Elin Kling, I have a major style crush on her

 

FAVORITE LOCAL DESIGNERS?

Ellery, Christopher Esber, MLM, Josh Goot, One Teaspoon

 

FAVORITE WEBSITES?

Net-A-Porter, Youtube, News websites

 

FAVORITE ITEM IN YOUR CLOSET NOW?

My chanel boy bag

 

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FAVORITE BOOK, MOVIE + BAND?

Gone Girl, Rome & Juliet, Michael Jackson

 

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

A black pant suit and my YSL heels

 

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

Omi – Cheerleader

 

ANY OTHER BLOGS YOU LOVE?

Sincerely Jules, Mija, Oracle Fox

 

BIGGEST FASHION MISTAKE YOU EVER MADE?

Wearing neoprene on a hot day

 

3 FASHION TIPS?

be comfortable, use tailors, spend on quality

 

FAVORITE SNACK/ PICK ME UP?

a mango smoothie

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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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

Interview with Model Jolie van Dijk – Amsterdam

Model Jolie van Dijk is one of Amsterdam Fashion Week’s freshest faces on the runway. With just a few months of experience and her very first fashion week she is already a must have model. She opened last month for Aziz Bekkaoui at Mercedes-Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week and walked another major show – Dorhout Mees.

This dewey faced new star was discovered by top Amsterdam Fashion Photographer Giusy de Ceglia. Ms. de Ceglia, along with shooting the top shows of Amsterdam also discovers and represents favorite models she really believes in.
Jolie is already getting significant attention of casting major casting directors in the Netherlands and abroad.

All major bookings can be done through exclusively through Giusy de Ceglia – http://www.giusydeceglia.com/

Photos courtesy of Giusy de Ceglia – http://www.giusydeceglia.com/

Jolie van Dijk for AZIZ BEKKAOUI AW 2015-16 MBFWA 1 Runway at Aziz Bekkaoui

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INTERVIEW

WHAT WAS THE MOST EXCITING PART OF AMSTERDAM FASHION WEEK?
Doing the runway wearing all those stunning designer clothes.
It’s such an excitement and a honor to be allowed to do that. Makes you feel really special and beautiful.

 

WHAT IS THE MOST EXCITING PART OF MODELING?
Having the chance to shine on the runway – and later on when all the publications come out.
You can step out of your daily routine for a while and become someone else. And I can’t wait to travel, meet new people and make new experiences.

 

WHAT’S THE MOST DIFFICULT?
You can’t really show your emotions when you’re doing the runway or while they take photos of you backstage.

 

WHAT GOES THROUGH YOUR HEAD WALKING DOWN THE RUNWAY?
I’m super excited and happy, enjoying that very special moment and knowing I’ll see my photos later on all those amazing and lovely websites. It’s surreal.

 

WHAT WENT THROUGH YOUR HEAD DURING THE FIRST SHOW YOU WALKED?
I was a little nervous of course, but was so worth it! They were the most amazing twenty seconds I’ve had in a while.
And in those twenty seconds the only two things I felt were excitement and happiness.

 

WHAT PLANS DO YOU HAVE FOR AFTER FASHION WEEK?
I’m going to work on my portfolio. Afterwards I’m hoping to go international.

 

WHICH LOOK FROM THE RUNWAY WAS YOUR FAVORITE, AND WHY?
The first outfit by the amazing Aziz Bekkaoui, that I got the honor to wear opening his show at Amsterdam Fashion Week.
It was such an awesome cool outfit and I loved the shoes.

 

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE DESIGNERS?
Actually I don’t have any ‘favorite’ designers, because I pay more attention to the clothing itself than the name on the label.
So I like various outfits from many different designers – but if I really had to choose I’d say Tommy Hilfiger, Jean Paul Gaultier, Oscar de la Renta, Coco Chanel, Valentino and Ralph Lauren.

 

WAS THERE ANY ROUTINE THAT YOU DID TO HELP YOU BEFORE YOU WENT ON THE RUNWAY TO PREPARE FOR THE SHOW?
To be honest with you, none in particular. Before a show I just try to stay calm and relaxed.
If I start thinking too much about it, I know it will go wrong.

 

ARE YOU WORKING ANY MORE RUNWAYS BESIDES AMSTERDAM FASHION WEEK? IF SO WHICH ONES ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO ATTENDING?
I started modeling just a few months ago and Amsterdam Fashion Week has been my first amazing experience. Got the honor to open for Aziz Bekkaoui and was booked for the beautiful show of Dorhout Mees as well. Things have gone really fast, but I’m loving it!!
Next it would be awesome to walk in Milan and Paris. Have heard from my agent there has been interest already, so I can’t wait to move onto the next step of this adventure.

 

WHEN AND WHY DID YOU START MODELING?
It all happened when I less expected it. A friend of mine who wanted to be a model asked me to take her to an Elite Model Look casting in our area last summer. Once we got there, she came up with the idea to make me sign up for it too, since I had nothing to lose anyway.
So I did and ended up in the finals. They didn’t offer me a contract, but that’s where I met Giusy de Ceglia, my current agent.
We clicked right away and it all went really fast. She met my parents and they were just as enthusiastic as I was. I signed a contract with Giusy and ever since I’ve had the most amazing model agency ever!

 

WHAT IS YOUR SKINCARE REGIME? WHAT HOLY-GRAIL PRODUCTS/METHODS DO YOU LIVE BY?
I remove my make-up with clean water. That takes all of your make-up off and it’s refreshing.
After I use a cleaning product from Lancôme and as final touch I put some night cream on my face.

 

HOW DO YOU STAY HEALTHY AND KEEP YOUR BODY IN SHAPE?
I drink a lot of water and juices and also sport often.
It’s really important to remove your make-up at the end of the day and avoid using cheap products that could irritate your skin.

 

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR ANY STARTING OUT MODELS?
Keep your mind sharp and do not get easily nervous or carried away. If you expect too much or overestimate yourself, things will definitely go wrong. At the same time you must believe in yourself, otherwise you’ll fail. The most important thing is to be yourself and not try to change at any cost – You’re beautiful the way you are!

 

HOW HAS IT BEEN WORKING WITH GIUSY DE CEGLIA?
It’s been amazing! Giusy is such a lovely and caring person – and she always knows what’s going on. She is not just my ‘agent’ but also a true friend, because besides the modeling part she also really cares about how I feel. That’s what makes her special and different form a ‘normal’ agency. I think we have achieved a lot together over the past few months, thanks to her one-on-one approach. I’m currently the only model she is representing, which means she can fully focus on my development  – besides her main work as a professional fashion photographer of course.

Jolie van Dijk for DORHOUT MEES AW 2015-16 MBFWA
Dorhout Mees

Jolie van Dijk 4 Jolie van Dijk Backstage DORHOUT MEES AW 2015-16 1 Backstage at Dorhout Mees

Jolie van Dijk Backstage DORHOUT MEES AW 2015-16 3 Dorhout Mees

 

Jolie van Dijk for AZIZ BEKKAOUI AW 2015-16 MBFWA 2 Runway at Aziz Bekkaoui

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

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

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