Style Fashion Week LA will kick off next week with returning shows of designers, Quynh Paris and Ash Haute Couture. Today, Examiner.com had the opportunity to speak with Ash Haute Couture designer Ashna Kalra and Quynh Paris designer Nguyễn Quỳnh Nhu.
International designer, Nguyễn Quỳnh Nhu, creator of Quynh Paris. The vibrant pieces of Quynh Paris exude a playful energy while experimenting with the structure of classic design. Elaborate embellishments evoke a sense of grandeur in her collections.The show will also feature Mumbai based, Ash Haute Couture's luxury line of women's wear. Impeccable workmanship and intricate hand embroidery enliven the feminine silhouettes of the collection. Combining western style with eastern influences, Ash Haute Couture has created a timeless style of class and elegance.
1) What inspired your collection?
People of different cultures inspire me to design. I travelled to six different countries in last four months, which gives me different outlooks, ideas and design concepts. Turkey was a huge influence on my collection this season. From the colours, patterns to the clotted silver embroideries, the lustrous silks that determine the character of the clothes. This inspiration was a reminder that the fashion industry is missing the hybrid of east and west. We did some extravagantly handworked pieces as our motto that fashion is an art. The elegance of rich fabrics and the cuts make this collection simply French chic.
2) Who are your favorite designers?
My favourite designers are Elie Saab, Karl Lagerfeld and the late Alexander Mcqueen.
3) What celeb would you love to see wearing your designs?
I would to see Rihanna, Angelina Jolie, Aishwarya Rai and Beyonce.
4) What do you love about the LA fashion scene?
I love that there is a great mix in the LA fashion scene and they are so receptive to designers from all over the world. Everyone loves High fashion and tries to buy into it however they can, which is so inspiring.
5) Who was an important mentor in your career?
My mother has been my true mentor, pushing me to think beyond the norms, supporting me in all ways possible and guiding me to explore all horizons of this career.
1) What makes Quynh Paris unique?
Every designer has to learn from school, from masters, from many different directions in fashion field...what I need to do is creation.
2) What gives you inspiration ?
This season FW 2013 , I got the inspiration from the PURITY of the transparency of crystal of the dew from morning I saw it through my window, water drops on nature, the first sign of the the sun...the purity of a new day .
3) What materials do you use ?
I used wool for coats, yarns knit, cotton linen, silk, silk lycra, lycra.
4) How did you get your start as a designer?
After I graduated from Mode'Art International Fashion School, I was thinking of starting in France or coming back to Switzerland where I was based. But things happened when I had my first show in Vietnam when I came to see my parents, many media, news...and the whole country started to know my designs, I was supported by family and friends, they helped and encouraged me a lot. In 2009, I opened the boutique Quynh Paris
5) Where do you see your brand going ?
It's been almost four years since my success in Vietnam, I would like to present my designs to LA or New York because I like the cities, people and environment. It's friendly and easy. I hope people like my designs, also.