BC: Which part of your Fall 2013 line are you most proud of?
JV: The technical construction and tailoring that it took to put it together. The fabrics I chose were not always easy to work with, and the patterns were not always easy to match. I was really happy to see it on the runway and not even be able to tell where seams were.
TF: That’s really hard to answer, because the part I’m most proud of is the collaborations—I think they yielded a result far beyond what I would have been able to achieve on my own. The leather textile manipulations and the jewelry contributed so much to the overall aesthetic, and really pushed the collection as a whole forward.
HM: You simply can’t ask a mother who is her favorite child! I am just so happy that I was able to keep to the original concept and that the designs were 100% me. But if I must say, the black hand-knit cable dress was being knit on the way to New York and I am proud that she [the dress] made it!
BC: What do you want people to take away from your collection?
JV: That fashion doesn’t always have to be so serious. That winter doesn’t have to be dull! That you should never have to sacrifice quality or creativity when you dress yourself.
TF: I hope that what people take away from seeing my collection is that clothes can be both over-the-top runway pieces as well as being wearable and flattering. We wanted to create clothes and jewelry that would make you say, “Wow,” but that’d you also want in your own closet.
HM: I would really like for people to want to be stimulated by what they saw and want to find out about the inspiration, to see the details that cannot be seen on the runway. So much of me went into this collection and it is about the craftsmanship of the work. I really hope that people are also inspired to create and wear something that is non-pedestrian, be an individual. And to support emerging designers!
BC: What are the next steps for your career in fashion design?
JV: I wish I knew! I still have a lot to learn, but part of me just wants to dive in, start my own line, and figure it out myself. I’ve always had a bit of an entrepreneurial and independent spirit, so we’ll see where that takes me. All I know is that I’m ready to work hard and excited for the future.
TF: I’ve started working as the lead designer for a startup in San Francisco. It’s a small team and a young company, but it’s already been such a great experience.
HM: The next move for me is to New York to start pounding the pavement. I hope that in the future that I am going to be lucky to work on as many creative projects and sidelines as possible!
Diana Denza is BettyConfidential’s contributing editor.