BC: What was the most challenging part of creating this collection?
JV: I think it’s been keeping up with the pace and adapting to changes. I really think of myself as more of a 2D person, so the construction aspect of the collection for me has always been really challenging. For example, patterning, cutting, and sewing 12 things in a week and a half were not fun. If you really want it though, you learn to keep up.
TF: The whole crux of this collection was juxtaposing style lines with an overall aesthetic of minimalism. The hardest part was analyzing every line of every sketch, evaluating the necessity and significance. Creating a collection that was extremely tailored but involved as few seams and darts as possible was the greatest challenge in terms of design and construction.
HM: So much of yourself goes into this process, and it all takes time and dedication. For me, I wanted this collection to represent me as a designer and a creative and that was my greatest trial.
BC: Who are your favorite designers and how have they influenced you?
JV: There are several designers who I kind of set as a benchmark for myself. I find looking at others’ work a helpful tool for fine-tuning my own aesthetic. I love Stella McCartney, Karen Walker, Consuelo Castiglioni of Marni, and Dries Van Noten. They have influenced me through their interesting use of proportion, print and color.
TF: Haider Ackermann, Ann Demeulemeester, Raf Simons at Jil Sander. I really love aesthetics that combine a sense of elegance and femininity with a harder edge.
HM: There is a long list. It was the late Alexander McQueen who really brought fashion design into my eye line of something greater than beautiful clothing. I couldn’t get enough of him. Martin Margiela, Yohji Yamamoto, Rei Kawakubo, and Hussein Chalayan, because they made their mark by creating something new and paving their own way in this industry. I believe that they are true creative energies and certainly do not adhere to any norms.
BC: Which designer would you most want to collaborate with or work for in the future?
JV: I think Consuelo Castiglioni of Marni, for sure. She has such a strong point of view, and this way of seeing the big picture to create a “look”. It’s pretty amazing really. I would love to pick her brain.
TF: I’d love to work for or with someone who possessed really masterful technical skills, someone I could learn from on the construction side.
HM: Raf Simons; I adore him. He can do no wrong. I love his point of view, his romanticism, and obsession with youth culture.
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