January 27th, 2006
This week, Omiru caught up with our friend Goldie Chan, a SF Bay Area based fashion designer focusing on urbanwear.
Omiru: How did you get started in fashion design?
Goldie Chan: I first started in middle school by hand-sewing garments using scrap fabric. At the time, I also experimented with different forms of embellishment, such as embroidery and painting. I have been designing my current fashion line, goldiechan clothing, since early 2005, but I have been designing in spirit since I first took a needle and roll of thread from my mother’s sewing box.
O: What was the inspiration behind your latest collection?
GC: My latest collection was inspired by the bright red, blue and checkered patterns of the Indy 500, while the cuts were based on hiphop/freestyle dancer-wear.
O: What’s your design philosophy?
I design with the fluid female (and sometimes male) body in mind. I like clean lines and pure colors as well as unexpected materials and/or decoration.
O: What trends would you like to see for Spring 2006?
I would love to see traditional flowy, sheer elements as well as the return of several pastels: yellow, green and blue.
O: What’s your favorite piece from your most recent collection?
My favorite piece from my collection is a very limited edition hooded black dress with faux burnout fur trim. It symbolizes the elegance and suprisingly fun side of my clothing line.
O: Who are your favorite designers?
Vera Wang for her elegant and always timeless dresses and unassuming personality. Calvin Klein for his innovative vision in stark ads and clothing (as well as his use of obvious sexual tension as a viable marketing tool)
O: Anything else you’d like to share with us?
I really love experimenting with new ideas and figuring out new designs from a pen or an old postcard. As I grow, I hope that I’ll meet even more interesting and innovative people to learn from.