When did your passion for fashion start?
Fashion has always been a part of me. When I was little, I would drape pieces of fabric onto Barbies, and as I grew older, I sketched designs into notebooks. After finishing my business degree, I decided to pursue fashion design full time at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and I’m the happiest I’ve ever been!
Also, when younger, my mother, who happened to be in the industry professionally, never forced the world of fashion but once I decided to immerse myself in it, she provided wonderful knowledge that further influenced me.
How would you describe your style?
My day-to-day style changes depending on my mood but my overarching aesthetic tends to be modern (think: clean, tailored silhouettes). Some days I’ll wake up channeling punk rocker chic or a time period like the soft romantic look of the fifties, but my overall personal style will always be clean cut and modern. I believe in looking good and feeling comfortable as confidence transcends the glittering gold folds of a lamé, for example.
Who are your favorite designers? Favorite style icons?
Where to begin! There are so many great established and emerging designers and style icons out there that this whole page could be the entire list.
However, my biggest inspirations come from the spirit and the charm I see in people. It could be from anyone wearing quirky outfits on the streets to the grace of Audrey Hepburn and the vivacious quality of Kate Winslet in Hollywood.
I would also like to give a shout out to one of my favorite fashion photographers, Bill Cunningham, who can infect you with his fascination in fashion and knows how to capture the fashion moments on the streets.
It’s all about presentation and your modus operandi. Hold your body with panache and your clothes will move with you.
What stores do you shop and what do you look for when you shop?
I venture into all sorts of stores, whether I’m buying or not: fabric stores on 8th avenue, random vintage thrift stores, luxury stores on 5th avenue, or volume brand stores scattered throughout the city.
I’m all about investing in good-quality clothes that I will continue to wear for years to come. If you have a closet full of basics and great staple items, you can work with any trend using accessories and a few standout pieces. I tend to buy trendy clothes when I feel as though it is flattering to my body and that I would actually incorporate it into my wardrobe long after it has been popular.
What kinds of designs would you create? What trends would you make/continue/revive?
I am and always will be about creating timeless pieces that will accentuate the best features of a person. Trends come and go with the ever-changing seasons, but the underlying essentials are to flatter the body, creating confidence and expressing individuality that cannot be done otherwise through words.