Wed­ded to fash­ion life

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Fashion - By BELINDA CIPRIANO

In the lead-up to my older sis­ter's wed­ding, I had the opportunity to get in­ti­mately in­volved in all as­pects of gown de­signs, from the bride and brides­maids

TAK­ING in­spi­ra­tion from her Ital­ian and Croa­t­ian her­itage and love of Euro­pean ar­chi­tec­ture, for­mer Iona Pre­sen­ta­tion Col­lege stu­dent Sophia Lenzo is mov­ing her love of fash­ion to the next level.

The 24-year-old, who launched her first col­lec­tion ear­lier this year, is de­vel­op­ing a cou­ture col­lec­tion and es­tab­lish­ing SOFIA the La­bel.

De­spite a fam­ily his­tory in the in­dus­try, Lenzo said it was her sis­ter’s wed­ding late last year where the push to start her la­bel re­ally be­gan.

“In the lead-up to my older sis­ter's wed­ding, I had the opportunity to get in­ti­mately in­volved in all as­pects of gown de­signs, from the bride and brides­maids, to the mother of the bride and grand­mother of the bride,” she said.

“This re­ally in­spired me and gave me the con­fi­dence to go out on my own.

“The sub­se­quent trip to Europe and first-hand ex­po­sure to the pas­sion that drives many of the de­sign­ers and small-mid scale la­bels in an of­ten un­easy eco­nomic cli­mate was a ma­jor cat­a­lyst in spark­ing the de­sire and pas­sion to cre­ate a la­bel of my own.”

Want­ing to start a la­bel that would not only make women look and feel fan­tas­tic but also pro­ject a unique el­e­ment of de­sire, Lenzo set about cre­at­ing the first col­lec­tion.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d464916

Sophia Lenzo: This is what I live, breathe and love and I am look­ing for­ward to the chal­lenges that lie ahead.” She will launch her la­bel later this year.

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