Vera Wang tells us her proudest moment as a designer, her inspiration for her latest collection and advice for aspiring designers. Read on to get all the dish from Vera!
Tell me about the latest Vera Wang Resort collection.
Resort 2012 is all about easy shapes with a definite emphasis on prints. Strong brights counterbalanced by gentle geometrics and dots.
How would you describe your own style?
Personal style for me is, first and foremost, about comfort. If you're not comfortable with who you are, I don't think you can really be stylish. And I think the women who are the most stylish, and the most glamorous, are usually women that are extremely honest with themselves, and feel comfortable being who they are...who they are in their skin, who they are as a human being. And I think that's what style is really about.
What was your proudest moment as a designer?
I have many proud moments as a designer, but one of them was winning the CFDA Womenswear Designer of the Year award in 2005... The fact that I actually won was such a shock. When I was nominated, I felt so honored, because it's your peers...Winning that award meant becoming part of fashion history.
If you could give advice to aspiring designers, what would it be?
The best advice I can give is to study it... School is a great place to start, but if that is not accessible to you then try learning it from the ground up: Xeroxing, folding stock in a store, selling - at least you will find out if you really love it by experiencing it first hand. If you already know your path and are fortunate enough to know yourself, the next best thing is to work for a designer, publicist, or publication you truly admire. That way you can learn how multi-faceted the fashion world really is and how each business has its own specific DNA and business model.
Regardless of your passion, most people only begin to truly appreciate their careers, and their lives, as they improve, and grow, and achieve their goals on their own! That is where true satisfaction and dignity lie for all of us. No one can ever take something away from you if you've earned it. That is the beauty of achievement!