Yesterday we caught up with ELLE Rising Star Design Award in association with Mr Price finalist Jacqueline Le Grange here and today we’re chatting to the lovely, talented Design Academy of Fashion graduate Valerie Britz:
One thing we need to know about you as a designer?
My designs are an expression of who I am and how I interpret the things around me. Playful prints also form a central part of my design aesthetic.
‘For this range I decided to combine my love of fashion with elements of surrealism. I love the idea that fashion is a world of dress-up and make believe, and that’s something I wanted to communicate. I used clouds as my main inspiration and as a motif throughout the range. The range has a dreamlike quality, which I achieved by using soft, harmonious colours. The clothes are unconventional yet wearable – it was important for me to strike the perfect balance between the two.’
If your collection had to have a theme song, what would it be?
‘All I have to do is dream’ by the Everly Brothers
Name five celebs (dead or alive) you would most like to dine with?
Joan Rivers, Salvador Dali, Serge Gainsbourg, Elton John and Sofia Coppola
I can’t start the day without….
A strong cup of coffee.
Currently obsessed with…
Anything written by Brett Easton Ellis.
Name one designer you would most like to meet?
Mary Katrantzou Resort 2014
If you could dress any celeb for a red carpet event, who would it be?
My first memory of fashion is…
When I was a little girl, my mother had this red paisley scarf that I was completely obsessed with. I used to wear it in every way imaginable!
My own style is…
Comfortable, feminine and whimsical.
Fashion moment in a film that you are obsessed with?
In the film Breathless Jean Seberg’s character is walking through the streets of Paris selling newspapers. I love her outfit in that scene, it’s so effortlessly chic!
Name one thing about yourself that we don’t know
I grew up in a small town, but I have no idea how to ride a bicycle!
Meet the rest of the ELLE Rising Star Design Award in association with Mr Price finalists here.