Tania Orellana Negrete is a 24-years-old fashion designer who hails from Irapuato, Guanajuato in Mexico. She’s an industrial designeer, but fashion has always been her passion. She initially started in the fashion world as a model, but then because she had a knack for fashion design, she decided to pursue this passion. This career was perfect for her because it opened her mind to the creative world – she started creating her brand just like a project for school, and to her surprise, it blew up! She’s only had a year with her brand, and she can’t believe how far she has come.
Sassy & Co Magazine recently caught up with Tania to discuss her journey in the fashion world, and here’s what went down:
How did you get into the fashion industry?
Well, I think when you want something, you will eventually attract it. Since I was in school, I talked and asked everyone I knew about my interests, and with time, the opportunities arrived. Eventually, with the support of all the people who love me, it prompted me to do what I love. Because of my interests, I ended up in school. And because of my school and teachers, I ended up in my first fashion job, and I was able to create my brand. And because of my brand, now I’m growing a lot, meeting a lot of successful people, and having amazing fashion experiences.
What do you like most about being a designer?
Each collection has a full concept and a history to tell. So it’s amazing for me to create and put together all the elements that perfectly create and express myself through my clothes because each concept is about my beliefs, future, and what I love.
Downside to being a fashion designer?
The fashion industry is so big and strong that it can put you off so easily if you don’t have an open mind.
>> It’s impossible to be creative all the time<<
It sounds crazy, and it was hard for me to accept that because” I’m a designer.” But it’s real. To be a good creator, you need to disconnect the fashion world from your mind and think beyond.
What has been the most memorable experience of being in the fashion industry so far?
I love everything about fashion. From the beginning until now, all the way has been memorable because it is part of what I am now. Of course, I had amazing experiences like NYFW and a collaboration with Shein. But the real thing is that the memorable experiences for me are the ones that nobody can see, like the launching of my first collection, the happiness of doing what I love, or knowing the right people in the right place at the right moment, who inspires me and impulse me to keep going and keep doing incredible things.
Who have been the most interesting people you’ve met so far?
In my last project in NYFW, I met three people that opened my eyes and inspired me a lot. They are the influencer Tania Rendon, the stylist Neto Soberanes and the fashion designer Ricarso Seco. Each one had a different life, but almost the same thinking – that for me is the key to their success.
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 fashion industry is so big but so small at the same time. You can see big companies unreachable when in reality, they are not so impossible to reach. So the lesson is: go for all you want. Even if you think that it’s too much for you. Go for it because it’s incredible once you have it.
Is your family supportive of you being a fashion designer?
Totally. I’m so grateful to have all the support that my family and friends give me. The people who love me know what I love and what I want to achieve, so the real thing is that it is not just the support but the impulse to achieve my dreams.
If you could go back in a time machine to the time when you were just getting started, what would you do differently?
I had an excessive production in my first collection because I thought that I was going to sell everything, and it was hard for me because it wasn’t… But you need to fall to learn, so I would not change anything. Just do all step by step and get better in my financial part.
What is the best advice you have ever been given?
Decree it, and it will be. Be sure of what you want, take action, and you will have it.
What are your future plans? Inside your career or out of it.
Now I’m going to move to Milano to start a master, grow my brand, and get closer to the luxury fashion world. So in the future, I will have a luxury and bigger brand with international recognition. And let will see what else happens on my way… I have my mind open!
Fashion styles change constantly, thus, we need to be on the look for the latest fashion trends in order to avoid fashion mistakes we unconsciously commit every day. But, this can only be true to fashion enthusiasts though – how about for those who are not so fanatic about fashion, are they capable of committing fashion mistakes too? The answer to that is a big resounding YES! You need not be a fashionista in order to keep updated with the latest fashion styles. All you have to do is to take note of a handful of fashion tips that will help you avoid the so-called “everyday fashion mistakes”.
If you just saw your favourite celebrity wear the latest style on TV or on a magazine, do not assume that the style will also look good on you as well because let’s face it; that are certain physiques that look good in these clothes.
The bottom line: You are not a supermodel, so what may look good on Heidi Klum may not necessarily look good on you. You might just end up as the laughing stock of your friends or colleagues.
Skinny jeans are very much in nowadays; however, do not wear jeans that are too tight especially if you have a heavy build because it will only reveal unpleasant bulges on your tummy.
The bottom line: Accept your size and know what pant sizes will work best for you.
Do not buy clothes that are small for your size thinking that they will serve as your drive in losing weight so you will eventually fit in them. Included in this tip is not to buy jackets with very long sleeves and very long pants that will constantly get stuck on the bottom of your shoes.
The bottom line: You will look like a hanger wearing long jackets. You will only ruin your pants in the long run.
Refrain from mixing and matching clothes that you have bought on sale, especially if you do not have the skills in doing so. They just end up ruining your wardrobe.
The bottom line: If you do not have the talent in mixing and matching clothes, then, stop buying bits and pieces on sale.
If you want to layer clothes, make sure the outer garment is wide enough to form the inner layer to come out naturally.
The bottom line: You must be comfortable in layering clothes. Make sure the outer garment will support your stylish layered look.
It is not advisable to become comfortable with definite clothes. Wearing jeans every day will make you look boring and will give an impression to people that you have poor taste.
The bottom line: Never hesitate to wear stylish skirts in lieu of your comfortable jeans.
If you have clothes with underarm sweat stains, then, you might consider them part of your house clothes.
The bottom line: Throw away clothes with underarm sweat stains because they are a total turn off!
Choose the right underwear. They will do wonders in shaping your body to make you look good in certain outfits.
The bottom line: Different underwear will not give the same kind of support as others offer. You have to consider wearing body trimmers and push-up brassieres so they can do miracles on your figure.
The colour of your pantyhose must follow the colour of your skirt and your shoes.
The bottom line: Do away with white pantyhose if you are planning on wearing a black skirt and shoes—for colour parallelism and congruence sake.