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. 

Fashion Designer Of The Week: Introducing The Talented Erick A. Lemos

Erick A. Lemos is a fashion designer who hails from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. At a young age, he has always been very curious. He has always liked creating things with his hands and experimenting in all branches of art itself. His first introduction to the world of fashion was in 2012 when he saw a Comme des Garcons show and since then it has been an adventure. But in 2017 was when he got his big break because he was able to break into the fashion industry after working backstage at various fashion shows and appearing in several editorials for magazines.

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

What do you like most about being a designer?

What I enjoy the most is the creative process behind a collection, researching and creating everything from scratch, like textiles and silhouettes. Also, the connections that can be made in the creative industry.

Downside to being a fashion designer?

I don’t think there is a downside, only that it is a very competitive industry, but on the one hand, it is good because it requires you to give your best.

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

I would say to be part of fashion productions in magazines and runaways with wonderful people. But also having met my classmates who have become more than friends.

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

All the people I have met have been interesting and important in my life. I have learned many things from them and I will always be grateful.

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

“All hard work has its rewards” no matter if it is in the fashion industry or outside of it.

Is your family supportive of you being a fashion designer?

Yes, they have always been, regardless of what I have dedicated myself to. From taking art classes to playing the guitar. I can say that I am lucky.

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

I would travel back in time to tell myself that I must be more aware of the moments that I have lived and appreciate them a little more.

What is the best advice you have ever been given?

“If it fits in your mind, it fits in your world,” meaning; if we trust in ourselves we can achieve many things.

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

The first thing I want to do is work with some established fashion brands, to get more experience and then start my own brand. I am clear that the future is uncertain so I will let it surprise me.

Fashion Designer To Watch Out For In 2021: Introducing The Talented Elle B Mambetov

Elle B Mambetov was originally born and bred in Texas, she moved to London in 2011 to begin her career in fashion. The 2012 debut of her womenswear label Elle B Zhou at London Fashion Week was a hit and she quickly became the new designer to watch. While her star was on the rise, Elle was dealt an unexpected blow derailing the launch of her empire for two years. Betrayed by a friend she was falsely accused of a crime and spent time in a maximum-security UK prison before the U.S. Government stepped in to free her. Elle documented her unbelievable story in her 2019 book A6347DW: American Captive which can be found on Apple. Through perseverance, she was able to turn tragedy into triumph when she moved to Los Angeles to relaunch her womenswear line Elle B Zhou which is now bigger than ever. Along with her flagship store in the Beverly Center, Elle is poised to change the perception of modest fashion with her bold luxury designs. Elle’s multi-brand boutique showcases not only her own brand but other Middle Eastern brands such as Yataghan, Okhtein, Azzi & Osta, SemSem, and European brands such as Ecriteau and Dreamboule. Her latest womenswear collection “Let the Stars Be Our Guide” exhibits a constellation map over Mecca in an industry pioneering online virtual presentation with the help of Egyptian actress Huda El Mufti. This hot young designer is making headlines in such publications as Forbes, Essence, Glamour UK, Vogue Australia, and Marie Clare Arabia. A recent partner with Farfetch, Elle made exclusive color-infused modest designs for this international platform in celebration of Ramadan. Elle lends her voice as a FEED Ambassador and together with Lauren Bush Lauren is helping provide meals and support to children all over the world. When not working or giving back to her community, Elle enjoys bike riding, hiking, and spending time with her family.

Sassy & Co Magazine recently caught up with Elle to discuss her journey in the fashion world and here’s what went down:

1.How did you get into the fashion industry?

No one invited me that’s for sure. I had this plan in my mind and just invited myself in. I moved to China to learn about manufacturing before moving to London and making my debut as a London Fashion Week Designer.

2.What do you like most about being a designer?

I am a creator, so being a fashion designer allows me to be innately who I am. It’s such a blessing to be able to do what you love. Making custom prints and then imagining them into garments is such a dreamy experience.

3.Downside to being a fashion designer?

There is no downside to being a fashion designer when it is your dream. Being a business owner has its ups and downs and its own challenges, but being a fashion designer is as truly magical and whimsical as one would imagine. I love it.

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

My very first opening of London Fashion Week with my womenswear line Elle B. Zhou is something I will never forget. That moment for me represented so much more than just the unveiling of a new collection. It was proof to myself that I had evolved in fashion in a way that I never thought I would, as I had always been afraid of womenswear. I feared that women wouldn’t understand the designs I was making for them. The positive feedback was something I will always hold dear in that moment.

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

People are people, whether celebrities or some of my best clients in the Elle B Zhou boutique, I am so honored to have to love and support of so many people who love the brand and the boutique.

6.What has been the most valuable lesson you’ve learned while in the fashion industry. This can be about the industry or about yourself.
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It’s important to be true to yourself and your own design aesthetic. It’s that, that people will love and respect you for in the end.

7. Is your family supportive of you being a fashion designer?

Absolutely! My mom was very supportive from day one of me finding my passion in life. As a child, while I was very immersed in arts and crafts and sewing lessons, I also took tennis, ballet, basketball, soccer, and baseball. My mom was adamant we find our passion. She got a little bit nervous at times when I would do something random in my career like up and move to China, but she has always been supportive.

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

Never take that Virgin gym membership where I met the man who stole my identity…. In some ways, it’s such a hard question to answer. I believe that everything happens for a reason so I try to learn from the things that have happened that I didn’t like and would want to change, no matter how dire they have been.

9. What is the best advice you have ever been given?

My mother has always called me her magnum opus, meaning “a large and important work of art, music, or literature, especially one regarded as the most important work of an artist or writer.” I was always told I was special, and I believed her. Even when it felt like the world was against me, and in the moments I felt alone, I believed in myself. Even if no one believes in you, always believe in yourself.

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

The Elle B Zhou boutique is growing in some exciting new ways, and I am looking forward to the future of the company, the brand, and my own personal growth. I think I’m nearly ready to start having kids so that will be an exciting adventure of its own! We’ll see what happens, whatever Allah wills.

The ‘LIGHTNING FAST’ Round:

1. Last good movie I’ve seen: The Woman In the Window with Julianne Moore and Amy Adams

2. What do you consider beautiful and why? Color, I just love it. It makes me very happy.

3. What haven’t you done yet that you wish you could? I really want to visit Tokyo, Japan.

4. Complete this sentence: “If I had no fear, I’d ” Relax.

5. What is the one “flaw” you wouldn’t change about yourself? I have no concept of time and my internal clock is genuinely off. But it allows me to work fast and accomplish things faster
because I don’t seem realize it’s only been one week instead of
one month, or two months instead of 5 or 6.

Fashion Designer To Watch Out For In 2021: Introducing The Talented Hasmik Danielyan

Hasmik Danielyan has always been interested in harmony and in finding ways to weave looks together, blending and enhancing styles until the result elicits an emotional reaction. Her passion is to design timeless, feminine, and elegant looks for women who want to turn heads.

Hasmik feels that every woman should feel that her clothes elevate her refinement, allure, and confidence and she has this in mind as she is designing every piece. She likes to envision that the clothes she makes might be passed down through generations like people have done throughout history with truly special attire that carries a memory. She prefers clothes that defy trends and whose style and quality possess longevity. She hopes that her customers see the purchase of one of her garments as an investment rather than an impulse buy. She designs each unique piece from her sunlit atelier in Alicante, on the beautiful Mediterranean coast of Spain. There, she feels comfortable and free to release her ideas and inspirations, and transform them into Analogias designs. She considers all steps significant in the production of her products. She is in close communication with her sewers and trust that each piece will be made with the attention and tenderness it deserves.

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

Can you tell us more about what inspires you to be creative?

With the birth of my daughter came my greatest inspiration. Her entrance into the world gave me a newfound sense of connection and the desire to express it through fashion. I grew up in an artistic household, surrounded by all manners of art and expression and this formation can be seen in my designs.

The new presence of my beautiful daughter acted as the ignition of my vision. I suddenly felt impelled to design special clothes for her and for me, clothes that knitted us together even further. In the beginning, I did it just for us, to represent the intimate bond we shared externally, through color and texture. Clothes that I hope express my artistic vision of luxuriousness, sweetness, and the joy of having my little girl.

Seeing my daughter beside me, dressed as my little twin, gave me a sense of playfulness and joy. As we walked down the street or went about our day in our matching frocks, I noticed the charming looks of strangers. I saw smiles and looks of curiosity. People would approach us with tenderness and tell me how lovely and united we appeared. My designs even struck a chord with women who weren’t mothers. That is when I had the idea to make the experience available to everyone, and Analogias was born.

What do you like most about being a designer?

The creative process …every time I start to work on a new collection, the inspiration, and the final results seems so compelling…when you start on the mood board you yourself don’t know what will come out, the flow of the ideas seems extremely exciting.

Downside to being a fashion designer?

There isn’t. I adore my work and I put all my passion into it.

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

I highly appreciate highly human relations so for me the most memorable experience is the privilege of meeting GREAT people.

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

Fashion is a chain work, we can’t function by ourselves, there are so many people behind every project so I can’t single out one person, I have met so many professionals in different fields that have continuously been the source of inspiration for me. It’s the people I work daily with.

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

I suppose in every field to make your own way you need to have consistency and perseverance.

Is your family supportive of you being a fashion designer?

My family has been supportive throughout the whole journey. I think without their support I wouldn’t have reached where I’m now.

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

Obviously, you make a lot of errors along the way but that’s the only way you LEARN…so I wouldn’t change anything. I appreciate my life lessons.

What is the best advice you have ever been given?

From my mother: To achieve something, you need to wake up early and go to be late. Hard work is the key to success.

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

Obviously to expand my brand Analogias internationally.

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 Meiyu Song

Meiyu Song was originally born in China, but grew up in Japan – she’s Korean Chinese. She moved to London in 2012, studied for 6 years in Central Saint Martins and she just graduated from University. She’s an emerging designer to watch out for in 2021.

Sassy & Co recently caught up with Meiyu to discuss her brand and here’s what went down:

How did you get into the fashion industry?

My mum was a fashion designer. So since I was young, I was always interested in fashion and arts. She recommended that I go and study in Central Saint Martins which I think was the best decision I ever made.

What do you like most about being a designer?

I think being a designer means you can express your feeling and conviction not just by words also by work. Often, I found it’s difficult to tell everything by words to other people so I think this is the best way to express who I am.

Also, of course, I’m simply just enjoying the making and designing process. All of my stuff is hand made so the process itself will take a really long time. It could be physically very tiring but mentally feeling good once it’s done.

The downside to being a fashion designer?

Long work hours. I think it will depend on what kind of designer you want to be. Personally, I like designing both textiles and silhouettes by myself. I don’t really like using already existing designs. So I make everything from scratch which will be a long process.

I understand why fast fashion exists but I want to create the trend, be a real designer not just copy other people’s work. So although it’s a long process, I believe it’s worth it. I also believe that each collection’s concept is very important. Of course, fashion is about the visual so I need to make it visually beautiful and interesting but at the same time, if there is no meaning (concept) behind it, it will be so shallow and meaningless. We, designers can use our collection to send other people messages so why not do so?

Another downside will be the people. Honestly speaking not everyone in this industry is nice. It’s a very competitive industry so sometimes you have to deal with mean people. When I was a young teenager I thought “The Devil Wears Prada” was just a film so they over-exaggerated the fashion industry but soon I realised that they really didn’t. Actually, the director was being very generous.

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

My whole time in CSM. I saw how much people work. How passionate people are. It’s quite scary to know that it’s so normal to work 3 days without sleep before the deadline. Also, during my BA course (3years) except for a long vacation, I only went out with my friends or family about 5 times? I spent every single minute on my textiles and fashion.

Another thing will be London Fashion Week. I was an intern for APUJAN a few years ago. On the actual show, that was so busy and so many things going on. That was definitely a great experience.

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

Alice Wellbeloved. She was my tutor for the short course and foundation course. She works for high-end fashion brands such as Sonia Rykiel. She is a super energetic, lovely, and clever person. At the same time, she is very honest and says things in a very straightforward way. Some people say she is harsh but I absolutely loved it because she is always on point and it’s very easy to understand. Also, I didn’t pay for going to school to make friends with my tutors. What I needed was someone who could push me and make me learn things. I completely trust her; even when I did my Master’s course I used to contact her.

Although she wasn’t my tutor anymore she did give me so many important suggestions, opinions and helped me mentally. I was also her assistant tutor for Central Saint Martins’ summer course. She was a really nice boss as well. I just simply learned so much from her.

Another person will be Derek Lawlor. I did an internship for him. Although, we have totally different styles. I love colours. My collection is always full of colours but he tends to use black and white only.

However, I learned a lot of things from him and he was a very nice and kind boss. Not only did I learn a lot of skills from him, but he also did answer all of the questions I was curious about.

Right before the fashion show, I had to do a bit of overtime working but I was very happy to do it. He is kind of the boss who makes you feel you want to be part of his team and make the collection better and better.

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

DIY skills. Not sure about other schools but CSM is definitely not the place to learn “skills/ techniques”. They make you think. Make you learn by yourself.

In this industry, I learned that nothing is impossible. Just DO it.

Is your family supportive of you being a fashion designer?

As I mentioned before because my mum was a fashion designer, my family is very supportive. I also have a lovely supportive husband. Without their support, I couldn’t do it.

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

Probably, I will do more internships. Unfortunately, most of the UK fashion brands don’t pay intern students but you will learn a lot from them so I think it’s definitely worth trying.

What is the best advice you have ever been given?

Never give up. Nothing is impossible.

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

I want to work for few high-end fashion brands for a few years first then make my own fashion brands.

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 Rozalia

Ever since she was a child, Rozalia continuously developed her passion for fashion. In her creations, you’ll be able to celebrate the beauty of nature and the wonderful architecture of your body. She feels inspired and attracted by the “modern,” but always with faith in love for traditional reasons, and the handmade embroidery, which makes your special outfit unique. She believes that women are designed to shine and be admired. But women’s sensual way of being is indeed empowered by what they wear and how they wear it. This is why she allows herself the challenge of complimenting your truly complex architecture. Some of her greatest accomplishments are NYFW, Abu Dhabi, Bratislava, Beijing(with the price for The Most Creative Designer), Paris, and she also has plans this month to open her own showroom in Timișoara, Romania, Iulius Mall Locațion.

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.