Fashion Designer Georges Chakra: “Be True to Who You Are”
Georges Chakra’s gorgeous gowns have been ooh-ed and ahhh-ed at every red carpet event in the world. Now he tells us what goes on behind the scenes!
-Brittany Roshelle Davis
Celebrities have started to grace the red carpet at events. Just last week we had the glittering CMAs. We’re been jumping up and down in anticipation to see what everyone will be wearing at galas and shows. We scored an interview is none other than Georges Chakra. He’s a world-renowned designer who has made us swoon fashion week after fashion week with his glamorous clothing. Georges has dressed many of Hollywood’s hottest stars for the red carpet. His client list reads like a Who’s Who! Katy Perry, Queen Latifah, Jennifer Lopez, Emily Blunt,Fergie, Nina Dobrev, Jenna Dewan, Katie Cassidy, Carrie Underwood and more!
Read on while Georges tells with us about what it’s like to dress a celebrity and how we can look our best during the holidays.
How would you define award season as a designer?
Award season is the next best thing after fashion shows. The red carpet of any major ceremony or event has served and still does serve as the world’s top fashion runway. We designers like to appropriate Hollywood’s glamour. But it’s not enough to benefit from dressing a star; the dress too has to make its stand on the red carpet.
We can’t wait to see the magic of this season. What are you looking forward to?
It’s quite interesting to know which celebrity played it safe, which took fashion risks with a certain design, fabric or color and what was a hit and most importantly how. Having your creation on the red carpet with a “Hit” or with a “Best Dressed” label is a great reward for a job well done for any fashion designer and his team.
How exactly do you ready a star for the red carpet?
More and more stars are hiring the services of a personal stylist, or a team of advisors who will choose their gown, jewelry, and hairstyle; or at least who will recommend a certain look to adopt for red carpet appearances. So, we work in very close collaboration with the stylist but also with the celebrity herself in order to narrow down her preferences and to suggest looks that best fit her personality and style.
It sounds like a ton of creative work!
It’s like a puzzle that you are putting together. As a designer, I give my opinion, I have my own ideas and I take into consideration the feedback from the celebrity and her stylist on what she would like to wear. It definitely takes teamwork and the outcome is a unique look.
Sounds divine! In terms of design this season, where do you think you’ll be taking some fashion risks?
I would say with the high-low “tuxedo with tails,” styles of white blouses, the asymmetrical silhouette can easily be turned from day-to-night, and the blazer or short/coat dress with leggings; it’s sophisticated and edgy.
We’re head-over heels in love with your 2012 Edition Line. Tell us all about it!
The ‘Edition by Georges Chakra’ spring summer 2012 ready to wear collection is a very fresh and light in terms of cuts, colors, and fabrics much like a summer night breeze on a beach. You can notice many cocktail dresses with silky fabrics or cotton piqué, asymmetrical necklines, cutouts, drop waist, back details. As for the evening gowns, they are elegant with elaborate jeweled busts, motifs or accessories, whereas the Resort 2012 collection has a more eclectic mix of styles, with touch couture detailing.
It’s simply breath taking. Where did you get your inspiration for it?
I was inspired by the Mediterranean escape: a mix of nautical styles, maritime jumpsuits, dresses and suits, very colorful looks in red, blue, yellow, turquoise, lavender with soft touches and nod to 30’s with white and gold pleated dresses: It is a graphic collection with many soft facades.
With the holiday season around the corner, do you have any fashion tips for us to wear to a party?
The key to selecting a dress is to be true to who you are without compromising the look and style that is aesthetically pleasing. If you can’t find the perfect dress or outfit go for an LBD (little black dress) and accessorize to your liking. You can never go wrong with a black dress, adding heals and drop earrings – this to me is the perfect outfit.
Perfect. Just so we don’t end up on our friends Worst Dressed Lists, what’s a mistake everyone makes when picking out a dress to wear?
One of the biggest fashion faux pas is following fashion trends blindly. Instead of going overboard with what is now “in”, women should try to incorporate some of the “in” looks into their daily outfits. For example adding a blazer, or wearing colorful pants with a simple top and shoes or belting a simple dress.
If you had the chance to design a dress, who would you pick and what would you design for them: Lady Gaga, Kate Middleton, or Tina Fey?
Lady Gaga is an amazing performance artist; she pushes the envelope in her fashion choices always taking risks in reinventing herself and it works. Her bold, risky style will surely allow me to be creative and extravagant to the full extent. Off top of my head, I would consider a shiny colorful liquid fabric or a twisted origami back detail.
Brittany Roshelle Davis is a freelance writer who specializes in all things fabulous. Visit her site!