Wearing: Sass And Bide Jeans, Sportsgirl Shoes, Markets Bag and Kristi Rose Llama Shirt

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This is how Monday morning played out for me: Woke up with simmering headache. Tried to recall why I had a headache. I wished I could blame it on some crazy Sunday night antics. I then shrugged and then thought about all the cheap things I bought on the weekend: T-shirts and creepers. You name it, if it was cheap and nasty, I now own it.

In other bargain related news: I love when you find something you absolutely love for more than half price off. I purchased these Sass And Bide Jeans two months ago and I have worn them so much (but have forgotten to snap them for an outfit post each time) – they were only $50 reduced down from $250 or something. I am so glad I haven’t found them cheaper – that would be like rubbing salt right into bargain shaped wounds.

I have had the pleasure of interviewing Kristi of Kristi Rose – She is definitely one to watch. Read below on all things fashion, inspiration and design.

Ally: When did you realize you wanted to become a fashion designer?
Kristi: I must have been 17 when I realized I could combine all my interests into a career. I had a strong passion for art and design through school as well as a childhood spent creating outfits and forcing my parents into buying me clothes. Easiest decision I’ve ever made.

Ally: What was the first article of clothing you ever designed?
Kristi:I started designing and sewing clothes from my parents spare room when I was in my teens. I probably started with a really tasteless neon party dress for a 13th birthday party.

Ally: Describe the general process you go through to design and realize a piece of clothing.
Kristi: The design process is quite a natural progression for me, beginning with a visual image that defines the feel of the collection then more in-depth research on how that can be translated into print and silhouette. Initial sketches of ideas follow keeping in mind my customer and the current trends for the season. Approved sketches are then realized through patternmaking, toiling and sampling until I have a fully viable collection I’m happy with.

Ally: Who are some of your favorite designers?
Kristi: I currently love designers with their own individual approach to print design such as Dries Van Noten, Mary Katrantzou and local designer Dion Lee.

Ally: What’s your favourite part about conceptualising a design?
Kristi: My favourite part is translating the feeling and attitude behind the collection into the prints and shapes of each design.

Ally: Do you prefer sketching designs or actually constructing them?
Kristi: Sketching. Trying to find the perfect synergy between prints and silhouette in a digital medium before construction.

Ally: How would you define your personal style?
Kristi: I have a really relaxed approach to dressing. I dress depending on how I feel so my personal style can vary day to day.

Ally: Where do you get your inspiration?
Kristi: Inspiration comes from everywhere. It’s hard to pinpoint when it could come from the people I meet, travel, local art and culture.

Ally: What are your favorite fabrics to work with and why?
Kristi: Currently I’ve been enjoying playing around with digital printing onto neoprene. I love how it can easily be translated from ready-to-wear to swim.

Ally: What are your favorite patterns/ prints to work with and why?
Kristi: I design my own digitals prints, usually mixing up animal motifs, florals and/or different textures to create individual patterns. This way I can offer a totally unique garment for my customer.

Author: Ally Carey

Hi, I am Ally, a writer and creative at Substance. I have worked in the fashion industry for 6+ years as a model and now on Substance. Substance is a lifestyle blog about fashion, beauty, health and self-improvement; hoping to inspire you to live a life filled with Substance. For more: @AllyMayCarey

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