4 posts tagged she hearts series
4 posts tagged she hearts series
Rihanna has expressed a lot of love for designer Charlie and his brand Charlie by Matthew Zink, just look at her instagram page and a few vacation candid shots and you’ll see why. We were fortunate enough to get in touch him to get to know more about himself and his work…
Where do you originate from and How did your brand start?I grew up in Ohio, but have been a New Yorker for 10 years. After being the Swimwear Design Director for Victoria’s Secret for 5 years, I started Charlie by Matthew Zink. Charlie is a luxury lifestyle brand that celebrates the icon style and joyful sensuality of the late 1980’s and early 1970’s.
What is the inspiration behind your designs?
Each season I pay tribute to a few of my most treasure muses and mentors that have helped shape my own aesthetic and vision. I always try to make sure each piece I design makes a man and a woman feel their best. I have a very classic, simple, and sexy to approach to my work. I want you to get the compliment, not your clothes… For Summer 2013, I was inspired by Hawaii, Irving Penn’s FLOWERS, Paulina Porizkova’s years with Sports Illustrated and Rico Pulmann’s swim shoots for 1980’s GQ Magazine.
Rihanna has worn your designs numerous of times especially on vacations, how does it feel to have someone like her admire your work?
Rihanna is a very special force. She is a modern icon. Her talent, sensuality, and sincerity are so impossibly inspiring to me. The world is lucky to have her, and I can not begin to tell you how flattered and appreciative I am of her continued support. It is every designer’s dream to have a muse become an admirer of your work.
Where do you see your brand in the next 10 years?
I hope each year we can expand Charlie’s offering. Branching out into a full range of categories. This year we launched Charlie Shoes that celebrate the same feminine and timeless vision that we are already known for in our swimwear. In the future we hope to have sunglasses, leather goods, jewelry, denim, and much more.
Do you have any advice for inspiring designers out there who want to break into the fashion world?
My advise would be, don’t start to early… There is so much competition out there and so much talent. Find a mentor, stay humble, stay passionate. Every young designer needs to study and learn about his craft and his industry’s history. You need to know who came before you, get inspired! You need to be very prepared when the world knocks on your door and asks for your voice because if your answer isn’t compelling, they won’t ask you again…
You can visit his official site at www.charliebymz.com
Most recent candids and past candids has featured Rihanna wearing the French label. Probably one of the best labels the singer has worn, mostly because of the style of clothing and how it looks great on her ,especially the menswear which she mostly wears.…
Hubert de Givenchy born Febuary 1st 1927 in Beauvais, France. Fashion designer and aristocrat, he opened his first fashion house in 1952. His designs were worn by the likes of Audrey Hepburn, remember breakfast at Tiffany’s and that gorgeous little black dress? other clients also included Jackie O and Elizabeth Taylor. Givenchy retired in 1995. Fast forward to 2005 Riccardo Tisci takes over as creative director.
Riccardo Tisci born in Taranto, southern Italy in 1974. Age 17 he studied at London’s most prestigious schools, Central saint Martins. After graduating he moved back to Italy working for a few brands. 2005 began a new journey. He was announced creative director for Givenchy. The designer was inspired by art and Gothic style as seen in his spring 2012 couture collection and his spring 2012 mens collection.
“Riccardo Tisci took over the helms of Givenchy in 2005. In just five years, he has re-established the French haute couture house as one of the most intriguing labels of the 21st century” ID magazine pre spring 2010 issue
The designer has worked with American hip hop artists Kanye West & Jay Z in helping them design an album artwork for watch the throne. He has also worked with numerous of well known faces which has also helped boost the labels name.
I think we’ve lost count as to how many post we’ve made about Rihanna wearing Alexander Wang, nearly every candid posted since this blog started has been about his designs. Here’s more about the designer…
Born 1984 in San Francisco,CA. Alexander later moved to New York to study at Parsons school of design. After only two years of studying there he left to pursue his career in fashion and releasing his own brand. The designer launched his first ready to wear collection in 2007. He has opened his first store in 2011 in Soho, New York and a year later in Bejing, China. 2009 T by Alexander Wang came to life which consists of handbags, accessories and shoes. Later on he launched his first menswear collection in 2011.
The young designer has achieved many recognition and awards such as the 2008 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund and the 2011 GQ best menswear designer of the year. He has officially taken the place of Nicolas Ghesquière as creative directer for Balenciaga.
Most recent looks in the designer :
As you may have noticed Rihanna has been spotted wearing the designer shoes very frequently over the years. The ‘Chaos’ 4 inch strap sandal heels are her most worn. The singer has also been lucky to have had a few pairs custom made.
Manuel ‘Manolo’ Blahnik Rodriguez was born in the Canary Islands in 1943. 1973 the designer opened his first store in Chelsea, London. His shoes are perfectly hand drawn capturing his unique talent in drawing as well as being a craftman. Blahnik’s brand expanded worldwide his shoes has debute on numorous of catwalk shows and on award shows. Fans including Carrie Bradshow from the HBO TV series ‘Sex and the city’, if you’ve watched the show you may remember an infamous scene where Bradshaw was mugged on the bad side of New York city, where she pleaded the mugger to take everything but her Manolo Blahniks sandals, sadly they were taken.
Manolo Blahnik (CBE) is a very devoted to his work and has received huge loyalty and respect from the public. 2003 The Design Museum hosted an exhibition showcasing his work and in 2007 he was awarded the tittle of commander of the British empire for his devotion to the British fashion industry.
‘Chaos’ all from Barneys New York for $695 click HERE to view