With spring just day’s away, I thought I would start to warm things up with a behind-the-scenes look into a recent shoot we shot here in New York for designer Rinat Brodach’s S/S 14 campaign.
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Rinat Brodach: Ever since I was young, my mother allowed me to pick out my own clothes. I don’t think many kids grow up with the chance to have their own opinion to what they wear each day. I have always been artistic with a love for clothes and as I grew, the clothes I wore depicted the stages in my life.
I knew I also wanted to pursue a career in fashion. Being a fashion designer has been a lifelong dream of mine. Fashion has been a part of my life and culture. My passion for fashion started back in Czechoslovakia, where my great grandfather was a famous tailor in his village before WWII erupted. Growing up, I would constantly go shopping with my mother where I was exposed to draping techniques and menswear. Becoming a fashion designer makes me feel like I am continuing my family’s legacy.
CTMA: Who are your favorite designers (living or dead) and why?
RB: I have great admiration for the following fashion designers; Alber Elbaz, Rick Owens, John Galliano, Alexander McQueen. I admire each of them for their various draping techniques whether the techniques are soft, hard, feminine, masculine, etc.
My appreciation for both Lee Alexander McQueen and John Galliano started when I was very young, 12 or 13 years of age. Both of them have amazing draping skills and yet each is to their own. My love for Albez Elbaz and Rick Owens came as I got older; there is something so raw yet so magical about how they create clothes.
CTMA: What is one project you’ve worked on that’s changed your view on fashion?
RB: My thesis collection, which I made my senior year in college, is the one project that changed my views on fashion. That collection, taught me so much about myself. Rob Curry and Simon Ungless were two of my mentors who were both amazing in letting me discover who I was and am today. Through this particular experience, I learnt to embrace who I am.
CTMA: Tell me about your S/S 2014 Collection.
RB: My S/S 2014 Collection is straight from my heart, as it is filled with raw emotions. I was inspired by the dilemma of exposing and protecting the heart. I call it, How to Expose the Heart. Every day, I wear my heart on my sleeve. I learnt that the heart is exposed to passion, happiness, sadness, and vulnerability.
I executed this concept in my designs by using boning. I used it to enhance the ribcage area to act as protection to the heart. It is my intentions to show the various situations that the heart has to endure. It is my hopes to convey that art does not always make sense, because art comes from the heart.
CTMA: Three words that describe the Rinat Brodach woman?
RB: Strong, Sexy, and Independent.
CTMA: Where do you see your line a year from now?
RB: In a year’s time, I want to see my clothes at Barney’s, L’Eclaireur (Paris), and at selective boutiques in major cities around the globe.
CTMA: What advice do you have for aspiring designers?
RB: My advice would be to never stop believing in your dreams. As my father would say, it is all about the journey. I know I have a long journey still ahead of me, but I will never stop believing in myself ###
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I recently checked out Shauns Shades S/S 2014 collection at The Modern at MOMA. Raising my hand to admit I have an obsession with sunglasses, I fell in love with their Earlsferry in a matte camo green finish. Not only did they fit my face perfectly, but the Carl Zeiss lenses made my view picture perfect. The LA-based eyewear brand also gives back in a big way with their “Give Sight” commitment. When you purchase a pair, it triggers one more pair of glasses to be given to someone in need. To learn more, check out styleTV’s recent interview with the designer Shaun Paterson and supermodel Chanel Iman here.
A phrase that was coined by Frances Grill, one of the creators behind CLICK Model Management. 33 years later, now a top modeling agency in the United States presently representing over 1000 fresh faces, CLICK continues to turn unknown names into recognizable icons. To name a few, Isabella Rossellini, Uma Thurman, Whitney Houston, Elle MacPherson and Grace Jones were all discovered by the agency. Not only have they created careers for these famous females, but have also shown support with the expansion of their men’s, plus-size and talent divisions.
This past fashion week, styleTV was lucky enough to chat with some of their rising stars at their #NYFW Kick-off party. One of my favorites, Parker Gregory, who was recently shot for one of Louis Vuitton’s iconic ad campaigns, tells us why he has called CLICK his home for over 9 years. Other clients who attended the event included industry names like Nautica, Sears, J.Crew, and DVF. To view other highlights of the evening-Click to watch!
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This Friday marks the official start of summer, and although many of you might be gearing up for this years season, us fashion folks are already looking ahead to 2014. The kick-off started this past Sunday with the men up first showing collections in London. A 3-day event, something a bit out of the ordinary was the presence of one of my favorite designers; Mr. Bailey for Burberry Prorsum. Usually showing in Milan, I quickly found out he decided to come home.
After checking out the collection via Style.com, I have to say I was bit disappointed. Falling in love with him for his staunchy youthful appeal, I didn’t feel that yesterday. Where were the bold patterns, studs and sick bags? A bit bland, it was definitely lacking some luster if you ask me. I’m no Tim Blanks but anybody could see that this collection took a step back and not forward. Just turning 30, I want to look 20, not 40.
What did look youthful to me was the use of bold color throughout. From the ties, to the jackets, to the shoes, to even the sunglasses, it was a runway full of boys in berry hues. Refreshing to see, it looks as if next summer could possibly resemble one of my favorite desserts. Yum!