In Pictures: Medusa Hire Fashion Collab

Check out the amazing photos from our latest fashion collaboration with Medusa Hire courtesy of George Azmy.

Medusa Hire is the world’s first and ONLY Versace tableware and decor event rental company.

With their creative eye for elegance, they have handpicked timeless plates, glassware, flatware, and other accessories that fuse together the most beautiful combinations to artfully set the table. Their Versace collection of tableware and decor makes every event one to remember and will undoubtedly elevate any event, creating an Instagrammable tablescape. Medusa Hire service includes a bespoke “White Glove service” where their highly trained decor team set up all the settings for any event personally and professionally.

All items from Medusa Hire are authentic Versace pieces imported from Italy. All of the pieces are made to be of the highest quality and are exquisitely handcrafted by specialist artisans, selected pieces have 24K gold accents to create a prestigious and exclusive look for any event.

For more information about what they offer, send an inquiry to the team at Medusa Hire and allow them to help you bring your event to a whole new level via this link.

Photographed by George Azmy

 

Fashion Designer Of The Week: Introducing The Talented Yvonne Baker

Yvonne Baker is a fashion designer to watch out for in 2021. From an early age, Yvonne Baker had quite clear ideas, she was a very creative child. She dressed her barbies, and she drew and played with her imagination. Growing up, she went to Art School with a specialization in Fashion. After completing her studies, she enrolled and graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Fashion Design.

Sassy & Co magazine recently caught up with Yvonne to discuss her journey in the fashion industry and here’s what went down:

What do you like most about being a designer?

The imagination. Because being a designer for me means imagining, seeing colors, patterns, places, nature, everything that surrounds us to bring us ideas and create every day.

Downside to being a fashion designer?

I don’t think I have or feel any disadvantages about my profession. Surely every day I learn something to add to my wealth of experience.

What has been the most memorable experience of being in the fashion industry so far?

Wow, in about five years of work/activity I can say I’ve had plenty of memorable experiences. I dressed a couple of people from show business, as well as athletes and TV stars here in Italy and it feels great to see my clothes worn by such prominent people.

Who have been the most interesting people you’ve met so far?

I’ve met many people, but none that particularly impressed me. Otherwise, I would remember.

What has been the most valuable lesson you’ve learned while in the fashion industry. This can be about the industry or about yourself.

In high school, my fashion teacher Lucia explained how to finish garments well and how to build them in a tailored way. These are valuable lessons that I will always carry with me. Often he was amazed at me because in a short time I was able to create great works.

Is your family supportive of you being a fashion designer?

As I read the question I smiled. Of course, they are the first to support me in everything. My father is my right-hand person at work and we meet every day to bring out my all-made in Italy brand.

If you could go back in a time machine to the time when you were just getting started, what would you do differently?

Nothing. Because if I’m here today and the reason I got here is because of my sacrifices. I started my work by exhibiting in a gallery where every weekend there was a market. I sold what I created with a small sewing machine and a few fabrics. In the meantime, I was studying to give my degree thesis. Little by little I understood the mechanism of this work. I started getting serious. My first workshop was at home. When I started getting serious I moved and took a small workshop, the fabrics had become 20-meter rolls and the orders were starting to increase. In a year I needed to find a second laboratory even bigger and more spacious (where I am now). My business is online, I ship everywhere so that my tailored and super-comfortable garments reach everyone. That’s why I wouldn’t change anything about my path. I am happy and grateful.

What is the best advice you have ever been given?

To always follow my dreams.

What are your future plans? Inside your career or out of it

My future plans in my career and my life are all centered around my work. That’s why I dedicate myself with a lot of constancy and determination in what I do. I want to carry an important message everywhere, that of wearing handcrafted garments created and designed to dress all the physicalities and use them for every occasion. My line dresses all sizes, especially future mothers too. I play a lot with soft fits and tailored cuts. But above all, I pack my garments with high-quality Italian fabrics, because if we offer high quality made in Italy fabrics such as silk, linen, cotton, and wool we also reduce the waste of buying in quantity. I plan to bring ethical, elegant fashion that suits every woman.

Top 6 Must-Have Clothing Items And Accessories This Winter

If you plan to look super-cool this winter while remaining warm and cozy, we have made things easier for you. Here we share the topmost exciting, trendy, and functional clothing items and accessories that you must own this winter.

Extra Long boots

Give the regular ankle boots style a little dramatic twist this year and embrace the extra-long, over-the-knee boots because they look super-stylish and chic. These stunning boots will keep you warm and prove to be a perfect combo with winter tights, miniskirts, and short winter dresses. They are superb for a casual street style look and will keep you comfy on a fun night out.

Neon turtleneck

A turtleneck top is a hot favorite to keep you snug and cozy all winter long! It is a kind of style that can be rocked with anything from jeans to a skirt and can be layered under a pretty sleeveless dress or a winter coat alike. This year we have an up-gradation of a traditional turtleneck and eye-catching Neon hues are in, to make the simple and boring winter outfits head-turning.

Statement coats

Winter fashion seems to be all about fantastic outerwear! Warm coats are essential things to complete your wardrobe in cold weather. This year the winter coats are being worn as a statement piece in vibrant colors and fun embellishment. It’s going to be a stunning pop of color to any neutral or all-black-colored outfits of the season.

Plaid

The retro trend of plaid is back in a big way this year and you can find endless inspirational outfit ideas in plaid. You can wear a red plaid coat, plaid pencil skirt, or just a long plaid boyfriend shirt with leggings and boots to be a head-turning chic this season.

Skinny Jeans

Skinny jeans are a wardrobe staple for women because they look amazing with almost any outfit style. Winter season’s hottest looks can be created with skinny jeans because they streamline the silhouette and allow the multiple layering of outerwear. Wear them with a long coat and scarf during the day or team them up with pointed heels and a silk drape top and you can never go wrong with it.

Blanket Wrap Scarf

The fabulous and chic wrap scarfs are a pleasurable fashion addition this year that can keep you active and warm outside all day and night of the winter season. This timeless cold-weather accessory is available in amazing colors, styles, and prints this year, to make it a statement piece that effortlessly boosts up your personal style. Many celebrities can be seen wearing them in inspiring styles, either throw it carelessly over a shoulder or wrap it around you multiple times.

Fashion Designer Of The Week: Introducing The Talented Züleyha Özgen

Züleyha Özgen is a 28-year-old Fashion Designer based in Berlin – she founded the brand Zsolea back in 2019. She started dreaming about becoming a fashion designer at a very young age but it took her a long time to make the first step towards achieving that dream. She worked for about 5 years in fashion retail where she gained a lot of experiences related to the industry before she finally decided to study fashion design at the age of 25. She eventually quit her job to become an intern for a fashion designer in Berlin and up to now, she feels that the move she made was the best decision she’s ever made.  

Sassy & Co magazine recently caught up with Züleyha to discuss her journey in the fashion industry and here’s what went down:

What do you like most about being a designer?

What I adore about being a fashion designer is that you don’t have to stick to any rules. I can put my creativity, feelings, and personality in one design to express my understanding of fashion.

The downside to being a fashion designer?

When you are working all by yourself, like in my case it’s not that easy to be constantly creative and productive. You need breaks, especially creative breaks so that new ideas new inspiration can arise. These times are always the hardest, you are trying but you have the feeling that nothing is working out as you imagine. It took me a long time to find the right handling for that. 

What has been the most memorable experience of being in the fashion industry so far?

The most memorable experience in the fashion industry so far was the time I had as an intern abroad in Barcelona. I had the chance to participate in fashion week Barcelona. It was my first time behind the scenes of a fashion week. Everything was new and so exciting. Professional models, successful brands, the location, and organisation. A lot of new impressions and a great experience.

Who have been the most interesting people you’ve met so far?

The most interesting person I have met so far related to fashion is Olga. She is a fashion designer of the brand Menchen Thomas. She was like a role model for me. Although things were not working out she was calm and still spread positivity. I remember that I was asking her how she can be that calm in difficult situations and still make jokes and things like that. She told me that we always have the decision of how we react to this kind of situation. When everything goes wrong why adding more negativity with being angry or making more pressure. When the team is fine and in a good mood you can conquer every fence together.

What has been the most valuable lesson you’ve learned while in the fashion industry. This can be about the industry or about yourself.

The most valuable lesson I’ve learned is from nothing comes nothing. Even if it’s 10 minutes you are putting into your business or your self you should take that time. Every day doing at least one thing will open new doors. That’s what I’ve experienced. 

Is your family supportive of you being a fashion designer?

My family is my biggest supporter. I’m so thankful for that. They believe in me sometimes more than I’m doing, to be honest. To know that I have such a supportive family gives me strength and motivates me.

If you could go back in a time machine to the time when you were just getting started, what would you do differently?

I think there is nothing I would do differently because every experience and lesson lead me to this day. I’m still learning and I’m still making mistakes and I’m fine with that, this makes my work more personal and authentic I guess. 

What is the best advice you have ever been given?

That small steps are important and okay. It takes time to get where you want to be. How you get there is more important than when you get there. 

What are your future plans? Inside your career or out of it.

My future plans are growing in the fashion industry as an upcoming fashion designer from Berlin. I would love to show my work all over the world and see people wearing my visions. 

Emerging Designer To Watch Out For In 2021: Introducing The Talented Mersi Nazanin

Mersi Nazanin is an emerging designer who hails from Istanbul, Turkey. She was originally from Kerman, which is a small city in the south of Iran. Growing up, the sight of admiration towards people who devoted their lives to give humankind the privilege of living in peace and dignity inspired her to pursue her academic studies, so she graduated with a master’s degree in Criminal Law. Moreover, she has written two books in Persian. Due to her creative imagination and great passion for artworks, she has started painting her ideas since her childhood which led to holding an exhibition in Iran; however, it did not fulfill her dreams. That’s when she decided to attend a Fashion and Accessory Design Course, which was the first step towards her professional life in the fashion industry.

Sassy & Co magazine recently caught up with Nazanin to discuss her journey in the fashion industry and here’s what went down:

What do you like most about being a designer?

In this field, there are many opportunities, which means you can create a unique career path. Actually, it is the ability to create a vision with your own hands. In my opinion, one of the most interesting facts related to fashion designing is that you always have a chance to create something new, something more creative which can be totally different from others.

The downside to being a fashion designer?

Actually, I do not see any downsides to being a fashion designer. However, it is worth mentioning that regarding the high competition of this field, you always need to upgrade your fashion information, and that is what I love about it.

What has been the most valuable lesson you’ve learned while in the fashion industry. This can be about the industry or about yourself.

One of the most valuable lessons that I have learned from life is to make the best of what I have! We have to love ourselves. Believe in ourselves and have self-confidence. Because when you create something, you will face various ideas and behaviors. Some people ignore your work and ideas, and some adore it. So don’t care and just follow your dreams. From my perspective, when you respect your ideas and your dreams, after a while, people will start following your thoughts too.

Is your family supportive of you being a fashion designer?

Yes, of course. My family and my husband always admire and support me to stay independent and be a successful woman.

If you could go back in a time machine to the time when you were just getting started, what would you do differently?

Well, if I could go back to a time machine, I preferred to study fashion at the university instead of law since during adolescence, I had much more free time, and it was easier to follow my dreams and achieve my goals.

What is the best advice you have ever been given?

Live your life the way you want; you just live once, so do what you want and follow your dreams. Do not forget to Love yourself.

What are your future plans? Inside your career or out of it.

I believe that my characteristics, such as assertiveness, flexibility, commitment, and a spirit of teamwork, could help me through this journey. I know that I have the potentiality of being one of the bests in my field in the future, and there would be millions of people who use my innovations all around the world. I’ve planned to have my own fashion academy and sewing workshop to support people interested in working in this field because I have faced many people who took related courses but did not know how to start and find a suitable market for their sketches and works. Therefore I planned to have my own academy to help them from the beginning of the way and providing their market in my place and all the support they might need.

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Emerging Designer To Watch Out For In 2021: Meet The Talented Menna Angharad Evans

Menna Angharad Evans is a 21-year-old designer who’s located in South Wales. She’s currently in her third and final year of studying Fashion Design at Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Her brand “naturesthreadss” follows on from her graduate collection Gypsy Soul. As a designer, she’s heavily inspired by nature. Growing up, her childhood was spent with her horses, surrounded by the most beautiful things found in nature. She spent many days creating and exploring, making dens in the ferns, running barefoot with handmade flower crowns in her hair, and simply feeling free and happy. She has fond memories of hours spent exploring the countryside, the feeling of freedom and connection to nature flows naturally within her. This way of living taught her to appreciate the beauty of the natural world, teaching her to make use of what she has around her and to source naturally and sustainably. Connecting her childhood to that of the Romany Gypsy’s, her collection Gypsy Soul is based around the life of the Romany Gypsy’s, taking inspiration from their free-spirited souls and love for nature. Their freedom to travel, explore new places, and live a slower pace of life truly resonated within her. Inspired by the Gypsy way of ‘making something from nothing’, She has sourced materials she free-spirited to create unique designs. She simply sees the beauty in sustainability, therefore her designs within her collection are focused upon giving discarded items a new purpose. Re-using found objects repeatedly through numerous textile techniques. Her designs are very textile-based, using traditional techniques such as macrame, crochet, natural dyeing, and felting to create beautifully handcrafted designs. The main focus of her collection is to create little to no waste through her design processes, textile-based garments are made with great care and precision. Her fabrics are primarily up-cycled, sourced from pre-owned cotton linen, giving her garment a free-flowing, relaxed silhouette. Natural dyes add another element to her cloth using the technique of rusting to add another layer of texture and achieving a unique print.

Sassy & Co recently caught up with Menna and here’s what went down:

How did you get into the fashion industry?

Growing up I was always encouraged to be creative, my mum is very creative herself so inspired me to have a go at lots of different arts and crafts. My attic has always been “mum’s sewing room” and it is full to the brim with fabrics, trims, and everything I ever wanted, giving me the freedom to make anything. I have fond memories of using scraps of fabric, cutting them up & tying them around myself, making different dresses for myself to walk up and down the room as if it was my catwalk. I will always remember my mum telling me that art could never be wrong, nobody could ever say what I made was wrong and that I could truly make whatever I wanted. I loved that. Once I was in comprehensive, I then began to have textiles lessons, which I absolutely loved as it was a lesson that I felt really confident in because my mum had taught me to sew years prior. After school, I knew that I wanted to proceed on to something textiles-based, fashion just seemed perfect for me as I just loved working with different fabrics and textile techniques to create something beautiful.

What do you like most about being a designer?

What I like most about being a designer is the freedom I have to create whatever I want. Like my mum said, nothing I make can ever be wrong and that’s truly just beautiful.

What do you like most about being a designer?

For me, the downside to being a fashion designer would be people taking my work for granted and not noticing the time and care that goes into making my garments. My designs are very textiles-based, meaning they take an incredible amount of time to create. Often people don’t realise the time that one simple t-shirt could take to make let alone a handcrafted dress.

What has been the most memorable experience of being in the fashion industry so far?

Being a beginner within the fashion industry I have not yet had many major experiences. But something that stands out for me as an achievement within my fashion design journey so far would be my mini collection I created in my second year. This was the collection for me that really made me fall in love with what I do. Before then I had found it extremely difficult to find my true aesthetic, I honestly felt lost and out of place on my fashion course. But within my mini collection, I really focused on my textiles & I discovered what I loved most! This collection then went on to inspire my Graduate Collection.

Who have been the most interesting people you’ve met so far?

The most interesting people I have met through the fashion industry would be my fellow fashion designers. I would say fashion has quite the stigma of being a clicky industry but from my experience, I have met the most genuine people within this industry through social media (Instagram). I’ve had nothing but positive support and the kindest messages about my work and I feel that it is such an inspiring industry to be a part of.

What has been the most valuable lesson you’ve learned while in the fashion industry. This can be about the industry or about yourself.

The most valuable lesson I’ve learned would be to keep going. I find the process of making & designing garments can be daunting at times. I’m a perfectionist, I love adding finishing touches and finalising designs but the period of time when my work is half-finished can be very difficult. It’s sometimes hard to see past the half-finished garments in front of me and vision how it will look once finished and sometimes this can cause a lack of motivation. So, the most valuable lesson I’ve learned so far is just to keep going, even if you feel anxious about how your work looks just know that it will all work out in the end!

Is your family supportive of you being a fashion designer?

Yes!! As previously mentioned my mum is extremely creative herself, she loves seeing my work and often helps me with my fashion work, she always says she wishes she could be doing my course too!!

If you could go back in a time machine to the time when you were just getting started, what would you do differently?

I don’t think I’d do anything differently. Of course, there are certain garments I look back on and think “oh my gosh what was I thinking” but once I take a step back I realise despite disliking the garment my aesthetic has most definitely developed from it initially. Everybody starts somewhere and I am very happy with where I am now so no I wouldn’t change anything.

What is the best advice you have ever been given?

The best advice I have ever been given is to be true to yourself as a designer. Make sure that your project is something that you’re truly interested in, something that really inspires you. A collection doesn’t happen overnight it’s something that you will be spending months on, so it has to be something you have a genuine interest in! Make the collection true to yourself and the experience will be much more enjoyable than doing choosing something just because you’ve seen somebody else do it.

What are your future plans? Inside your career or out of it.

I plan to develop my brand from my Graduate Collection and create my own sustainable business. I would like to create one-off garments as well as homeware and accessory pieces. With my brand, I’d like to collaborate with other creatives and offer classes and talks about my textile and sustainability process behind my brand. I am so excited for the future and am ready to take any opportunity!

Designer Spotlight: Make Way For The Talented Pavlina Jauss

Pavlina Jauss started designing her first collection in 2014. Her avantgardistic collections have been shown during Paris Fashion Week, since 2016. Sustainability had always a key role in their business. For this reason, they produce their collection mostly in their own studio in Hamburg, Germany. They also guarantee that all used materials are from European or Japanese suppliers. The knitwear (the only exception production-wise) is produced in Bulgaria, the country where Pavlina was born.

Pavlina has shown her collections on runways in London and Paris. They have a growing network of stockists around the world including Egypt, Italy, Russia, Georgia, and the United Kingdom.

Designer Spotlight: : Make Way For The Talented Amiko Simonetti

Amiko Simonetti is a fashion designer with a mix of skills, including garment construction, trend research, branding, and concept strategy. She attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, where she received a BFA in Fine Arts with a Women’s Sportswear specialization. Over the past decade, she has designed a broad range of garment categories, including tops, dresses, graphic t-shirts, outerwear, and denim jackets. She’s passionate about connecting with others through her designs and feels blessed to have designed for the masses through various corporate design roles. She’s most passionate about designing clothing that’s accessible, comfortable, and fun. Her passion for design led her to create free design courses and tutorials on her website amikosimonetti.com. Her mission is to continue designing life-enhancing clothes and to make fashion design education accessible and fun.

Designer Spotlight: : Make Way For The Talented Heather Krogemann

Heather is a Colorado-based designer and owner of Alien Earth Designs. She is a fashion designer, animator, artist, and is currently finishing her master’s degree in costume design. Sewing and creating have been a part of her life since she was very young. However, she didn’t start fashion and costume design until 2010. In 2013 she created her first wearable art piece which was displayed in Hawaii Fashion Week that year. It was made entirely of recycled material. As her designs have grown through the years she has found a niche in avant-garde fashion with her line of parachute dresses. Most of her designs are one-of-a-kind or custom pieces. She always tries to make things unique and fun. Some of her proudest accomplishments have been having three parachute dresses featured in Basic Magazine as well as having designs at a style house in Los Angeles. This year she will be entering a new wearable art piece in the World of Wearable Art competition in New Zealand. Heather has many goals and accomplishments for the next five years, like working as a costume designer in Theater, TV, and Film. She also hopes to collaborate with magazines on future editorial pieces. Her love for wearable art and avant-garde will always play a part in whatever the future may hold.

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Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Latest Photoshoot For Sassy & Co

Sassy & Co’s mission is to provide you with affordable, ethical, and sustainable clothing and accessories you can feel good about.

Fast fashion is still the worlds largest polluter shortly after the oil industry, causing mass devastation to our planet and people involved, with many local communities affected, the pain is endless.

The history and hands that are behind every item of clothing are to be respected, taken care of, and cherished. To mend rather than discard and to protect rather than trash.

When clothing is made properly, it lasts longer and is a little more expensive.

Learning to treat our clothing as an investment rather than disposable will be a major key in turning this issue around.