While in search for another take on style to capture for my audience, I turned around just in time to see a walking talent who looked lovely enough for a style candidate and happens to have a bright future ahead of her. Meet future fashion designer, Evelyn Martinez from the Dominican Republic, currently residing and developing her craft in New York City as a design apprentice in college. While capturing her style and chatting up a bit, she revealed some sketches of her amazing designs of recent , and I immediately signed up on the spot as one of her future clients because each silhouette looked that incredible! With this up close and personal interview, I celebrate and encourage her future endeavors to come. After we exchanged greetings, peep our conversation and get to know her more below.
Ms Rxt: Sooo, tell me about yourself. When did you discover your desire to become a designer?
E M: Well since little, I always drew stick figures with clothes. When I moved out here to the North, around age 8 or 9, I knew that I wanted to be a fashion designer. I would just sit in my living room and draw while watching Project Runway.
Ms Rxt: Aww, nice! Is anyone in your family a part of the fashion industry or did you take a liking to it on your own?
E M: My mom used to sew and my older sister used to draw up until her teens. I got inspired by both of them, seeing them do what they did.
Ms Rxt: And as an apprentice, what designer currently inspires you?
E M: I love Alexander McQueen, like I how he came up with those ideas and executed it all so beautifully, but I also like Marc Jacobs because I’m more into the simple aesthetics. I don’t like to look all over the place; I like to look clean and simple things that stand out.
Ms Rxt: So do you hope to design more for people with your similar taste in style, or for people and what they may like?
E M: You know I spoke to my professor about this recently, she said your archetype is more avant garde. She told me about a designer to study, Rick Owens, and I looked into his aesthetics and I’m in love with it. She told me I have kind of a grunge tom-boyish look and really I don’t like to look girly, and when my mom would but me these pink dresses and I’d say “really mom, really! Out of the whole thing you could just get me a black dress?” So I agreed with my teacher to research more.
Ms Rxt: I concur; you should look into it more! When we encountered each other I thought your style appealed looked clean with a bit of grunge to the look and it could have had to do with your hairstyle and choice of muted deep red lipstick. And when I saw your sketched designs, it did look avant garde and in the simplest of terms they looked so dope! Obviously I exclaimed that I would rock all those looks.
So yeah let me focus, Based on your self-discoveries bout design aesthetics, which creative director or designer would you pick as a mentor right now and why?
E M: Hmmm… that’s a tough one. Honestly, just to get an experience, there’s a designer Gareth Pugh, who’s only uses greys and black (shades that I love). His designs are crazy, like he made this one see-through dress with a cool material that looked so futuristic. I just want the experience with him to learn his process.
Ms Rxt: Aww, I hope you get such an opportunity that will nurture your craft some more.
How would you describe your creative personality?
E M: I mean, people really inspire me so I’d say a quiet observing creative mind.
Ms Rxt: What do you aspire to accomplish as a designer?
E M: I want to be not only a designer but also a fashion merchandiser and doing other freelancing collaborations and beauty industry ventures. For my internship, I really want to learn were exactly where to fall and begin with all these things I want to accomplish. I’d love to learn more.
Ms Rxt: Do you ever see yourself competing on any fashion competition Tv series?
E M: I do, just to get the experience I do.
Ms Rxt: Well it would be great to watch you and you’ve got all my votes! Keep us posted whenever and if you do.
Thank you for sharing of yourself Ms. Evelyn! I believe your are heading somewhere full of awesomeness, by your design sketches alone I saw a gift that the world needs to see someday. I encourage you to keep moving forward.
E M: Thank you!
I have an appreciation for talented individuals who explore, groom and build on their skills.
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