WHAT INITIALLY DREW YOU TO STUDY FASHION?
“Growing up, I always loved art. My parents always took me to galleries and things. I wasn’t very academic, but I always felt that I could pick up a pencil or brush and really say what I wanted to say. So it’s always been there. And ever since I moved to London, the community I’ve surrounded myself with has really influenced what I do. Like my boyfriend, he’s incredible. He’s this encyclopedia of fashion and we both have such a love for fashion. Everyone uses it and everyone expresses themselves through it. It may be a cliché saying, but it’s an amazing thing.”
TELL US ABOUT ONE OF YOUR EARLIEST FASHION-RELATED MEMORIES.
“I remember stealing my dad’s coat, this fleece I wanted so bad, when I was like 13 or 14. I remember going out with my friends and taking the coat, thinking I was the coolest person ever. But I obviously wasn’t because I was in my dad’s coat [laughs]. It’s so funny, that’s what I think this collection is all about – those pieces that are nostalgic. I didn’t want it because it was a particularly good coat, but because it was my dad’s coat. I felt a connection to it and that’s what this collection is about. I’m sure there are earlier memories than that, but they’re really embarrassing!”
WHEN SPEAKING TO THE JURY, WAS THERE ANY TALK OF BALANCING THE CREATIVE WITH THE COMMERCIAL?
“Sure, but what I think is amazing about these clothes is that I believe there’s already a commercial element to it, and that’s what the jury picked up on as well. Because at the end of the day, they are garments that are actually wearable – you can move in them, you can run around in them, there’s no restriction to them. And it’s not really a bold style choice. If you just wanted a pair of jeans, but they’re in elastic and they’re still a pair of jeans. There’s so much viability in terms of commerciality and, for next season, I definitely want to play on that. I want to go to Paris, I want to do sales, I want to be able to make this a sustainable business that actually grows.”
SO WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN FIVE YEARS’ TIME? TEN?
“Hopefully in a house with a garden! That’s pretty much it [laughs]. And hopefully still doing exactly what I love to do. Honestly, this time a few weeks ago I would never have thought I would be in this position, so you never know what’s going to happen. And that what’s exciting, because no one ever knows…”