PHOTOGRAPHY AMY TROOST
STYLIST TOM VAN DORPE
Place of birth: Belgium
Place of current residence: New York
What inspired you to pursue fashion?
I wasn’t really inspired by anything specific or by the way certain people dressed. I didn’t have a lot of access to people that were into fashion until I went to Antwerp. Even then, the main reason I started the course was because I always enjoyed making things—not necessarily clothes. The process of creating something from its concept to something functional was my initial drive. I like it when I work on a collection and the puzzle falls into place: the prints, the colors, the music, the styling, and the casting.
Where do you find confidence in this very competitive industry?
When I see people wearing my clothes, of course. I think every industry is competitive but that’s a motivation to keep on pushing the brand’s boundaries and make a new collection every season.
How have you witnessed social media and digital communication alter the way the fashion industry works?
Social and digital media allow you to create an awareness of your brand because you can reach a wide audience at little or no cost. Your work has a stronger chance to be seen by a nonprofessional audience, and I believe that is a good way to build a loyal following. In addition, it provides a platform to communicate and engage on a whole new, and very real, level. I see it as very natural, not something you forcefully have to do.
What inspired your collection for Spring?
Fighter pilots post-WW2, Detroit’s ’90s techno scene, Richard Diebenkorn’s “Ocean Park” series.
Give us a hint as to what’s inspiring your next (Fall) collection.
It’s a very personal collection, it’s also the first runway show we are doing. Tailoring is more important but also curves and rounder shapes...Like Rodney Mullen’s moves in the ’80s.
Hair Dennis Gots (Jed Root) Grooming Benjamin Puckey (D+V Management) Model Mathias Lauridsen (IMG) Digital TECHNICIAN Denis Vlaso Photo assistants Aaron Thomas and Marek Berry Stylist assistant Carrie Weidner Location Splashlight