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Generation Z profile

Generation Z profile: Regitze, Copenhagen.

We have previously published an article about Generation Z; their choices and interests especially in relation to fashion. Today we share our first Generation Z profile, a conversation with a teenager, who kindly agreed to share her thoughts on life, fashion and career plans. So, Regitze is 14 years old and lives in Copenhagen. Her main activity is, of course, going to school, but there’s a lot to her than that. Education and work Tell us a little bit about yourself.  I dance, model and work at a cake shop. When I grow up, I want to become a successful model or a stylist. I have been interested in fashion as long, as I can remember. Even as a kid, it was extremely important for me to wear what I preferred, and what I thought was cool (sounds familiar, right?). So it seems like it has always been there, but it`s pretty new that I realized that I can have a career in fashion. What do your parents think about your interest in modeling and …

Fashion design competition Designers Nest 2015

Participating in Designers Nest

Katharina Schmalz is a 33-year-old designer (read more about her here), who in February 2016 participated in Designers Nest (DN), a fashion design competition for new talent during Copenhagen Fashion Week. We noticed her beautiful and strong work, and decided to meet Katharina and investigate her motivations for being in the design competition. Why did you choose to participate in DN, and how did you enter?  When you are enrolled in a Nordic Design School, this competition is in everyone’s lips. I also know some fellow students, who partook in the competition last year. It’s a professional and international platform for talented Nordic design graduates from the most famous design schools in Scandinavia. It’s a fashion show where all participants could show 3 outfits of their collection. The winner receives a cash prize of 50.000,00 DKK. Tell us about the process.  My tutor Nadine Mollenkamp, Head of the Fashion Department at Designskolen Kolding, selected three people from my school for the competition. Luckily I was one of them. The competition always takes place during Copenhagen …

New technology in Fashion Design

New Technology in Fashion Design

Katharina Vinzenca Ludwigka Schmalz is only 33-years-old, but she has already done many exciting things, as interning with Barbara I Gongini (Copenhagen) and Perret Schaad (Germany), and she’s currently doing a paid internship with Hugo Boss (Germany). During Copenhagen Fashion Week, she participated in the competition for new designers Designers Nest, where she, among others, caught the attention of Vanja Hedberg, Senior Designer at Balenciaga, and us. Her approach to new technology in fashion design is making her push limits and getting to new and exciting solutions. It was during her MA studies in Fashion Design at Design School Kolding (from where she graduated in 2015) that she really had the possibility of nurturing her ideas about ‘Blended Borders’, and how it translated into Materiality vs. Immateriality in a digital design sphere. It proved to be an excellent and stimulating playground for her development, and her final project was called ‘Mat Blur’, which explored the borders, points of contact, intersection and interaction between ‘Virtuality & Reality’ in trying to connect them through materiality. At The …

Fashion illustrator Gloglo Garcia

Fashion Illustrator Gloglo Garcia

Fashion illustrator Gloglo Garcia is 25-years-old and based in Jerez, Spain. Originally from Huelva, she moved to Sevilla after high school to pursue a career as fashion illustrator, and she studied Fine Arts in Sevilla University. She’s currently enrolled in Art School Jerez, where she’s studying Fashion Design. We came across Gloria on Instagram, and fell completely in love with her fresh and spontaneous drawing style. It can be hard sometimes to say, what a good illustration or drawing style is, but you know it instantly, when you see it. I believe, it can best be described as something fresh, strong, personal, and where you can feel the passion behind. As Gloria also points out below, her best drawings are, when she draws for fun. The five years, I worked as a fashion design tutor, and the endless amount of fashion work, I have seen outside the school, I believe you can always see in creative work, when the creator was utterly in love with the project at hand. It’s a bit like being in …

Fashion&Tech - Ksenia Schnaider

Ksenia Schnaider on Fashion&Tech

Ksenia Schnaider is an innovative, conceptual brand created by a creative duo from Ukraine – Ksenia and Anton Schnaider. It has been on the market for five years now and is well-known for bold prints and clean ideas behind the pieces. Most of the things this creative couple touches is more or less involved with technology, and this is why I talked to them about the role of fashion&tech in creating and promoting their brand.  How would you describe the Ksenia Schnaider brand? Who is this girl for whom you are designing? What is she like?  She is a modern woman in a big city; she is honest with herself, and she is learning how to be honest with her environment. She is not perfect, but she knows how to look beautiful. She is a workaholic, but, at the same time, she knows how to party, and she loves spending time with her family. What is your overall strategy promoting the brand offline and online?  We love to combine technologies from everyday life in our fashion …

Fashion Designer Dmitriy Pirozhnikov

Дмитрий Пирожников

Many of our Russian readers, requested this article in Russian, so here we go! First Russian article ever! For the English version, please click here. Дмитрий Пирожников – 27-летний художник из Москвы. Изначально Дима фотографировал, потом начал рисовать абстрактные картины, а теперь создает принты для органических рубашек. Разговор с ним был настоящим удовольствием, и я очень рада, что у меня есть возможность поделиться с вами его историей о фотографии, живописи и создании первой коллекции #Mygoshirt «Быть, а не казаться».  Изначально я узнала о тебе как о фотографе. Расскажи об этой части своей жизни, пожалуйста.  Я взял в руки фотоаппарат в 2006-2007 году. Прошло какое-то время перед тем как я понял, что это именно та сфера, в которой я хочу развиваться. Более осознанно я подошел к фотографии в 2008.  Ты сразу же начал снимать моду или было что-то другое?  Моды долго не было в моей жизни, да и сейчас она есть очень посредственно. Дело в том, что когда я начинал фотографировать, не было моды как таковой, был гламурный глянец. То, что я видел в наших модных …

Fashion Designer Dmitriy Pirozhnikov

Dmitriy Pirozhnikov

Dmitriy Pirozhnikov is a 27-year-old Moscow-based artist. Originally a photographer, Dima (Dmitriy) today also paints abstract paintings and creates prints on organic shirts. Talking to him was a genuine pleasure, and I am incredibly excited to be able to share his story in full with you from his photography career to painter, and now creator of the first #Mygoshirt collection “To be, not to look”.  At first, I found out about you as a photographer. Tell me about this part of your life, please.  I started taking pictures in 2006-2007. It took me quite a while to realize that I wanted to be a photographer.  Did you get into fashion photography right away?  No, not at all. When I started out, there was no concept of fashion photography in Russia. It was all glamour. So, I made portraits; I took pictures of my friends and relatives. After some time people started reaching out to me, so I was able to photograph new faces. My attitude towards fashion was quite negative then. I did not like, …

Fashion as freedom of expression - Niklas Schutt fashion design

Fashion as Freedom of Expression

 So, last time we spoke together, you worked for Lanvin, and now you work for Givenchy! What happened?  I applied at Givenchy some months ago, while I was still doing my internship at Lanvin. Unexpectedly, I got a call from the Human Resources Department of Givenchy on the 2nd of November, and we had an interview. Then it just went really quickly from there; on the following day, they called me again and confirmed my job as Design Assistant for the women’s Pre-Fall 2016 collection. I started on the 3rd of November! I was very happy, as Givenchy has always been one of my favourite brands, which I have always dreamt working for.  What does your day look like?  I start working at 9 am. At the moment, we’re working on the pre-fall 2016 collection that is launching now in December, and there’s always a lot to do. Each morning, my senior colleagues inform me about, what has to be done during the day, and we all have our own area of responsibility. It’s clearly …

Internship at Lanvin - Niklas Schutt fashion designer

Internship at Lanvin; the story of Niklas

Niklas is a 26-year-old designer from Hamburg, Germany. After a brief acquaintance with architecture, he changed to studying Fashion Design in order to express all of his creativity. After one year in the eccentric and experimental London, he moved to Paris in order to learn the traditional French way of making garments. This is where he is today – finishing his internship at Lanvin. Let`s find out more! When and how did you discover fashion?  I bought my first Vogue magazine at the age of 6 or 7, and I was incredibly inspired by everything in it. It was so creative. At that time, I obviously did not understand what fashion was. It was like a dream world to me. As a child, I was quite shy and I lived in my own head, so it was my escape. I saw all the beautiful fabrics and all the details of clothes, and I loved it. I have always painted, and I have built little houses in my garden, so fashion was a new way to …

Personal view on fashion - Sanlitun shopping Beijing

A personal view on Fashion

In a previous post, Hongzhan He told about himself. Below he discusses his personal view on fashion.  How would you describe Fashion and the Fashion World today?  Fashion nowadays has become a highly organized industry, and it has become more difficult to succeed as a legendary designer. In the past, a fashion could influence the taste for a decade or even more. My personal view on fashion is that I am not so happy with what I see in the fashion world today. It is obvious that fashion became more democratic thanks to our times, when the general people took the role of old opinion leaders; yet, it is also sad that fashion houses (especially the big ones) tend to become all the same by catering to the taste of mass market, while maximizing the sales and profit but with no real values. I think, sometimes they made vulgar stuffs. On the other hand, though, the segmented market seeks for more independent voices to represent various kinds of aesthetic preferences, and this is where independent designers find …