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Sandrine Philippe_Gothic Simplicity  
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Posted on Apr 14 2015
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Your work reflects a timelessness that seems to ignore trends. How do you manage to ignore fashion’s hunt for the next
big thing and stay true to personal vision?

The purpose for me is to create something universal, instead for producing something for a special market or taking into account the trends.
What drives me are my emotions and freedom.




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What do you find the most boring thing about contemporary fashion?
Trends, of course !!




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How was your love for fashion born ?
I first enjoyed how one has to study the movement of the body, and how fashion helps expression. Then I loved the drawing process that it involves -I always loved art, anyway- and the third thing was that I found fashion to be the best way to tell stories and to invoke emotions.



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Your work has a really interesting narrative quality. Like it’s trying to tell a story,
which bears the question: what kind of story is that ?

It’s a a unique story for each person! I don’t want to tell anyone what to wear or do, but to make suggestions and encourage people to create their
own stories with the help of the material I provide.




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Even though your garments express a beautifully balanced minimalism, at the same time the seem to be opening a dialogue with the past.
Is there anything that draws you to the past?

Everything; the past and its effect on is crucial to my way of thinking and it offers me the means to express my sensibility.




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What is the motivation behind a new project? 
Curiosity and the possibility to explore something new, to learn through a new experience.
And to be able to share emotions with others.




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Is there an ideal client you have in mind while creating a new collection ?
The only ideal client for me is somebody who is open minded enough to accept to share his emotions and most of all,
someone who is not afraid of his own sensibility.





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C J YAO_Inspiration rules_Interview by Katerina Oikonomakou  
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Posted on Mar 23 2015
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You have stated that your label is not only filled with power, but also carries grace.
Would you give us your personal definitions for female power and for grace?

My personal definitions of female power and grace are embodied by women who are independent and make their own decision. These women don't follow fashion trends, even though they still know them quite well. They are gifted with balancing their wardrobe, confident with what they’ve chosen for their outfits in daily life.




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When beginning to work on a collection, what is the main driving force that pushes you ahead: is it a sudden burst of inspiration
or is it an inner need to be creative?

I’m doing nothing when I haven’t got any idea yet. I often ask myself: “What would you like to see in the next season?” and then I write down some key words, between which I draw relations. It all depends on what comes my way and how I feel before I start searching for ideas. Sometimes it seems like a dream, and sometimes my dear baby boy is the source where the inspiration comes from. There are no any rules, I just always keep researching.



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Would you talk to us about the main characteristics of your collection for Autumn/Winter 2015-16?
My A/W 2015 Collection was inspired by a dream, in which everything around me had suddenly become magnified,
and everyone I knew had become smaller in size. I came to realize I had gone back to my childhood. Not only did my body became smaller but my family and friends also shared my age! I then attempted to modify the surroundings to fit the new measurements. This dream became the initial inspiration behind the new collection and I decided to leave my home country to begin a new journey.




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Looking back to your graduation collection of 2012, in what way has
the way you work on a collection evolved with time and experience?

The style and manner of my attitude towards fashion, have not changed. I am just trying to make garments more sensible and wearable in a funky way.




Looking back to your graduation collection of 2012, in what way has the way you work on a collection evolved with time and experience? The style and manner of my attitude towards fashion, have not changed. I am just trying to make garments more sensible and wearable in a funky way.



Looking back to your graduation collection of 2012, in what way has the way you work on a collection evolved with time and experience? The style and manner of my attitude towards fashion, have not changed. I am just trying to make garments more sensible and wearable in a funky way.



Looking back to your graduation collection of 2012, in what way has the way you work on a collection evolved with time and experience? The style and manner of my attitude towards fashion, have not changed. I am just trying to make garments more sensible and wearable in a funky way.



Looking back to your graduation collection of 2012, in what way has the way you work on a collection evolved with time and experience? The style and manner of my attitude towards fashion, have not changed. I am just trying to make garments more sensible and wearable in a funky way.



Looking back to your graduation collection of 2012, in what way has the way you work on a collection evolved with time and experience? The style and manner of my attitude towards fashion, have not changed. I am just trying to make garments more sensible and wearable in a funky way.



Are there certain motifs or details about a collection or a garment that you tend to be extra careful about?
Things that you find you keep returning to all the time?

I prefer doing something about “patchwork”, but it’s not like the traditional one. I use different texture and combine them. I just try to avoid using one material in one garment. It’s kind of boring to me.



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Daniel Sannwald_Interview  
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Posted on Feb 17 2015
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How did your love for photography start, what was it that triggered it ?
There are so many little things and happenings which made me find my way into photographer. My late father who was a photographer, a picture i found as a teenager of Helmut Newton which had a big impact on me, an ex boyfriend of mine who suggested me to study photography in antwerp and many other things…




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What is it that can motivate you to start a new project ?
I am very driven to create images, it gives me a feeling of happiness. I am not such a great talker so i feel like this is my tool to talk with the world.
I also see my way of working like being on a playground so its a lot of fun esp if i can work with the people i love!




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Where do you draw your inspiration from ?
inspiration can come from anything really. there is nothing i would exclude. Its important that you are open and look at the world and things around you with a sensitive awareness. Many creative people find preferences in things they find inspiring it can be nature, art, music, architecture etc.. I personally love to look at dance and art.




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If you could collaborate with any person, dead or alive, who would you choose ?
Thats a hard one! I love Frank o´Hara so i might would have loved to do something with him. Something which would combined his words and my images. Could be a short film or a book project. I also really admire the work of Fritz Lang and if i would feel a bit more confident in my video work as a DOP i would have loved to work with him on one of his films. One of my favourite films is Metropolis. Its been a long time inspiration when i started as a photographer. There are so many people i am sure i would pick other once tomorrow :-)




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 In the modern fashion industry everything changes in a glimpse of an eye.
In this context how do you manage to maintain your signature artistic style ?

I don’t mind that things change fast we all grow and change during time. Its a bigger challenge for me to shoot so many stories a season and to come up every time with a new concept.
Its a fun challenge though! A friend of mine said something really clever last time. “Fashion is like a sport team, its not about how good you preform each game but how good your season was” Its so true and to think that way makes everything much easier!




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What do you find yourself loving and hating about contemporary fashion ?
I love honesty and the act of creating and i hate self-importance and close minded people.



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While working between London and Munich, do you find any differences
in each city's fashion and art scene and which do you prefer ?

My heart, my friends and my partner lives in London. London has always been the place i seen as my home. Germany is for me:
Family and a few old friends i value very much but the city i draw my strength and inspiration from is London.
The city which shaped my vision and helped me grow as an artists and creative mind was Antwerp. During my time as a student at the royal academy of fine arts i was blossoming like a flower or a seed which has been finally given water. Being around so many other students who all created so wonderful works was really inspiring.
I also loved the dark and avant-garde music, art and fashion scene in antwerp. Its very inspiring!



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HEYNIEK_Interview  
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Posted on Jan 7 2015
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Who would you credit as your biggest influences, or what are the images that most inspire you in general ?
There are a lot of great artists that inspire me, McQueen, Schlemmer, Dali, Iñárritu, Wenders, Calatrava, OMA, my studio partner Harm Rensink and MANY more. But my mom might be the biggest influence, she taught me how to listen to my intuition and use my own imagination.




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 What is it that you find important before starting a work day in your studio ?
A gooood breakfast. Cycling to my studio, fresh air. Then i make a small list of things I HAVE to do. And then lift off. My days are always busy, different and i am a lot on the road, but i like to start my day relaxed.




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When first confronted with your pieces i couldn't help but notice a cohesiveness,
the human body and its dialectic relationship with the materials you put in use,
or this futuristic tribal aesthetic. How is it that you maintain your personal style without being dull and repetitive ?

The human body is rich and so is the world of materials. Combining that with my well kept imagination ;) and looking at what
is happening around me results in endless possibilities.



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Another strong vibe i got from your work is a surrealistic aura, with a touch of a fashionable conceptualism, that yet remains fun and cool.
How do you manage to avoid the sometimes given pretentiousness of contemporary art,
and stay true and humorous, without taking yourself too seriously ?

Thanks for the compliment:) One of my cool teachers at Design Academy, Teun Hocks, once said to me, you have to take humor very seriously, that’s always in the back of my mind. I have this surrealistic energy that makes things cool and funny, but always very personal. Staying true to yourself is the key.




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Another element with a dominant sense in your work would have to be the masks. From your "Future Tribes", "Temporary masks" and "Patch up pull over" you used this concept in various ways. What is it that draws your attention in the mask ?

The face is an area where you kind of find the most forms and expressions. Covering it will have a heavier and stronger message
and meaning then covering, for example, a foot. Plus, it’s something from my childhood. I was always very busy with theater, transforming, acting, carnaval, dancing and looking for adventure. I always had a huge fascination for tribes and different cultures. From the way they dance to the way they dress.




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What's the best and worst thing in the fashion industry today ?
I have to say that there is happening so much that I can’t follow everything. What I do think is GREAT is that a lot of designers, companies and students are researching and developing all kinds of new production ways and new seductive materials for our bodies. Lighter, stronger, more dimensions…
And I think that real Fur is still a very bad thing in the fashion industry. Of course it is more than beautiful, but there are other ways to reach the same finishing touch.




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What does Heyniek mean, and how did you come up with it ?
In the 3rd year of the academy Scholten & Bajings we were asked to think of a brand name for our selves. In that time I was researching my childhood a lot. My mom said that I always said HEY to everyone, even when I was very little. Then I came up with HEY NIEK, and noticed that a lot people said it to me at school. There it was.. HEYNIEK, just me. So now I am forcing everybody to call me that.




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The materials on your work seem to have a role on their own.
Like a distinct voice in your creative process, wether it is the "Foam boys", or your masks and nike installation,
and this bares the question why, or how, do you chose them ?

This sounds maybe a bit too spiritual, but they choose me;) Off course I have a plan, but I always bump into things. Let’s call it serendipity. A lot of designers are influenced by that. And if you combine it with your personal style,
you can create anything you want. You become the connector of a material and it’s use..




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