“Style, power and presence” are the words that accurately capture the intention and motivation behind Chicago designer Elysia Ganier’s collections. Her approach to design springs from “the desire to achieve a proper fit, conceal flaws and make sure that [my client’s] clothing is fashionably relevant. It's important that I create designs that personify the image that [they] want to create,” explains Ganier. Her overarching goal is to design for the discerning woman; the aspirational woman with exacting tastes and grand desires. The Ganier woman wants “to make a lasting impression through custom design and unique ready-to-wear fashion,” says Ganier.
A glimpse into Ganier’s fall collection suggests nothing short of glamour, comfort and fun. In this collection, the discriminating customer will undoubtedly find herself lusting for the halter ensemble with it’s attention grabbing, multi-layered fringe skirt; or the black faux leather sweatpants in a delicately oversized design; and she’s certain to be aflutter about the label’s “super sweater” -- which while furthering the celebration of faux leather, surprises with an asymmetrical design which celebrates graceful form.
In fact, we may safely expect to see a considerable number of glamourous looks in this fall’s collection as Ganier Designs has been selected to serve as the official fashion designer for the Miss Black Illinois USA Scholarship Pageant. Not surprising, the Pageant’s “mission is to provide educational opportunities to outstanding young women; to develop "whole mind[s]... and spirit[s].”
According to Ganier Design associates, Elysia “will be designing all eighteen dresses for the opening of the next National Miss Black USA pageant in October. She has already designed two garments for Mariah Scott -- the newly crowned 2014 Miss Black Illinois -- one of which will be worn for an appearance at the White House.”
To suggest that Ganier’s star is rising is an understatement. Following her 2012 appearance and success on The Steve Harvey Show, Ganier’s design was carried nationally in more than 100 K&G Fashion Superstores alongside the likes of Michael Kors, Anne Klein and Steve Madden. Her ready-to-wear bespoke collection has recently come online; her fall collection will be featured this September in Chicago - RAWartists’ “Scope” showcase and an expanded version in October on the runway in Chicago’s Fall Fashion Week. No matter what, you can’t miss this rising star.