Monday, 30 May 2016

An Interview With: Fazane Malik

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Hi guys! Firstly, I apologise about the lack of posts over the past few days, I experienced technical difficulties with my website, but we are all back up and running now, woo!

I recently decided to widen my blog posts and incorporate 'An Interview With:' into my blog. These interviews will feature up and coming British fashion designers. 

First in this series is the lovely Fazane Malik who was so kind to let me interview her about her fashion designing career (thanks Fazane!).  

 Why did you decide to choose fashion designing as a career?

I have always loved fashion from a very young age and used to make clothes for my Barbie dolls out of old pillowcases when I was little! My parents always encouraged me to creative and as I didn’t have a TV as a child I was always finding ways to amuse myself and designing and making clothes became one of my favourite things to do!
    What is your favourite part about being a fashion designer?

Seeing my designs being worn by real women and those women feeling better about themselves when wearing them.

What inspires your designs?

I start by fabric sourcing to find unique and beautiful fabrics then decide what shapes they would suit. I work on a capsule collection model….so all styles have to be able to worn with each other for various events so I know for example I always need a great shirt in the collection that is able to be styled lots of different ways….and then decide how the fabric I’ve found will fit into that. I’m also inspired by the styling of various fashion bloggers and also am very nosy when out and about looking at what women are wearing and how they are wearing it. My designs all have to be classic as well and stand the test of time so I don’t follow fashion trends as such….I'm more interested in whether you will be able to wear said shirt over and over again…..even being able to pass it onto your daughter!

What kind of feedback do you receive on your collections?

That they are beautifully made and of high quality….also unique as I only produce limited runs of each style.

           Is there anyone in the fashion industry, or outside of the industry who inspires you the most?

Vivienne Westwood has always been my hero! She works so hard and is so passionate about everything. It took her 10 years to make it so when I’m feeling low and frustrated at not progressing as much as I would like I always remember how long it took her to make it! Outside of the industry would be my Dad. He’s such an amazing man, hard worker and entrepreneur in his own right. What he doesn’t know about business isn’t worth knowing and I hope one day I can build an empire like he has.

How would you describe your own personal style?

Classic with a twist and very black! I wear the same things over and over again in different ways. My style is very simple as complicated fashion doesn’t work for a busy business woman. I also have a 6 month old baby that Im still feeding myself so my style currently has to revolve around him! Im currently happiest in a black tee, black jeans and converse trainers.

        What is the biggest lesson that you have learnt since being in the fashion industry?

That unfortunately there are an awful lot of unscrupulous people out to make money at the expense of 
naive new businesses.

What would be your one piece of advice for anyone wanting to progress into a career in fashion designing?

Plan, plan, plan before you start! A good business plan that you can follow is essential and not something I did originally so have had to learn whilst doing which isn’t ideal. 

Do you follow fashion trends when purchasing your own clothes?

Sometimes I do….it’s impossible not to, to be honest but I try and purchase things that will stand the test of time If I haven’t designed them myself.

Finally, where do you see yourself, or your brand in ten years time?

I would hope that in ten years time my brand is well established in the UK and is the go to label for classic ‘forever’ pieces. 

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