We learn a little more about this talented young Dutch designer
How did you get into fashion design?
As a kid I was drawing every single day, it started with interiors and houses, trailer and maps. I was very young when I told my mother something new I’d discovered about myself; I could draw people! I started to draw girls and boys in coloured dresses. Later, when I was about eleven, I got to know fashion design as an actual profession. At first I assumed it would just be a fascination, but in the end it was an inevitable step for me to go to art school to study fashion design right after graduating high school. I’ll never regret the day I made this decision.
What is your favourite thing about being a fashion designer?
The dynamics and diversity that each day brings. Every day is different, you have to be very flexible and tangible. Every day is about decisions, making choices, it’s like a sport. I couldn’t live without it. My personal, most beloved moment of creating new work is the research on the concept and materials. This is the phase where I allow myself to make mistakes, because the unexpected can be very interesting for the end result. When developing materials, I lock myself up with all the sourced materials and concepts and start to try-out new things then from one step evolves the next. It feels like being a researcher in a lab.
What has been your best experience so far since breaking into the fashion industry?
Being part of the International Festival de Mode e Photographie in Hyeres. In April 2014 I was one of the ten fashion-finalists from all over the world. We spent three weeks in the South of France in the beautiful, artistic Villa de Noailles to prepare the shows and our presentation towards the jury. Those days I did not only learn so much, but also got to know so many inspiring people and for that I’m very grateful. I won the Prix Chloe with my design for Chloe, and this opened many new doors. I cannot wait to go back there this year. I’m invited to showcase my new collection at the ‘Formers’ platform as a previous finalist.
What has inspired you to design your recent collections that blend a mixture of sport and luxury?
With every design I create I ask myself whether I would wear it or not. For work I travel a lot so I want to feel comfortable and look great at the same time. I’ve always been interested to find the contrasts in my designs, whether this is about colours or materials, and sport and luxury are each other’s opposite but on the other hand they fit each other perfectly in modern life.
You use many bright and energetic colours in your collections. Would you say that your use of these has some connection with injecting positive energy and a sense of movement in your luxurious sportswear line?
I simply could not work without colour. Even white is a colour, and for me colours are ingredients to express my work. Sometimes I feel like a painter the way I build up my collections. I add layer by layer, and colours are part of this. Perhaps my passion for them adds the energy you see back in the collections.
What type of fabrics do you use to create your garments?
Many different ones. The process of design for me always starts with the fabrics. After my first internship at Peter Pilotto in 2012, I got to know the source of the most beautiful fabrics: Italy. After graduating, I got the chance to immediately do an internship at Mantero Seta S.p.A, one of the factories who produces the beautiful jacquards I saw at Pilotto. Their clients are from the high-luxury industry, such as Kenzo, Chanel and Prada. At this moment I still work for Mantero, as the creative director for their accessories collection: Mantero 1902. I feel very privileged to work on my own collection, but also to have the opportunity to work in the source of it all; textiles.
Where do you find the material that you work with and has there been any difficult challenges you have overcome when working with any fabric?
Each new fabric has a different character you have to discover, so that will always be a challenge. I get my fabrics from all over the world. In my last collection we used a beautiful fluffy fabric from Japan. It’s all red with a very nice, shining touch and it looks like it has been knitted, but it’s woven. I like it when materials contain a little surprise, or if you need to have a second look.
Who would normally wear the Liselore Frowijn brand?
The woman I design for has a very energetic personality, with a similar lifestyle I want to have. She is not afraid to show the world her bold, androgyne and eclectic style and she is very sophisticated. When she buys garments she does it with care, it adds something to her carefully collected wardrobe. What do you think would be your strongest skill as a designer?
I think I am able to adapt myself to different circumstances. This is how I can put myself in the place of new clients and listen to what they have to say. As I said before, it is very important to contain a certain flexibility to fulfil this job. To do so you need a kind of healthy lifestyle with good food, enough sleep and a good team of people around you. I think I have been quite lucky with how things are going at this moment. I try to capture every opportunity that comes my way, but in the end you have to be very disciplined as well. Nothing just happens.
What’s next for your brand?
My first show in Paris is on March 3rd. I’m on the official calendar of Mode A Paris, and I’m very excited to meet new people and opportunities.