The Pin Show: Meet The Designers, Vol. 4

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With the much-anticipated return of The Pin Show on February 23rd, Dallas welcomes to the forefront 33 designers and four student designers, all showcasing their work before an audience of Dallas’ most influential fashion personalities. In this fourth installment of our ongoing series, DFW Style Daily introduces seven more independent designers you need to know.

 

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Krystal Raquel

 

A native of Dallas, Krystal is a graduate of Texas Woman’s University.

 

 

 

 

How would you describe your design aesthetic?

“Krystal Raquel designs are chic and ultra-feminine, with elegant accents in lace and satin.”

What is the inspiration behind your collection?

“I was originally inspired by a Ferragamo ad I saw a couple of months ago, the houndstooth jumped off the page and inspired me. It was so classic and wearable, yet still very fashion forward. I took that approach and used it to enhance what I already do.”

 

 

 

Hanh Dang by Lucy Dang

 

Originally from Vietnam, Lucy now calls Dallas home. She studied at the University of North Texas.

 

 

 


How would you describe your design aesthetic?

“’Living Lovely’ is the company motto, and that plays a major role in the vision for every collection. As a brand, we aim to create special pieces that will inspire our customers to ‘live life in the moment and love every minute of it’.”

What is the inspiration behind your collection?

“Wallis Simpson was our heroine for the Fall/Winter 2012 collection. We always incorporate and spin a new idea around the word ‘Love’ for every season. What would a modern day Wallis Simpson wear to ensnare the love of a king, and have him give up his kingdom?”

 

 

 

Sakia Lek by Sakia Lekoundzou

 

From Brazzaville, Congo, Sakia is a graduate of the Albert de Mun College in Paris.

 

 

 

How would you describe you design aesthetic?

“I like to mix couture and ready to wear. I give my designs a sense of individuality and comfort.”

What is the inspiration behind your collection?

“I viewed this collection as my introduction to Dallas. I wanted to showcase my work in a way that would best represent me, from cut to color. Mixed with the African influence of my accessories, I feel the audience will get a genuine view of my perspective.”

 

 

 

La Mère Couture by Rovina Outar

 

Originally from Queens, New York, Rovina studied at St. Johns University.

 

 

 

How would you describe your design aesthetic?

“My philosophy is simple: Cater to all women who are seeking their own style and unique flair. Designing couture dresses that will make any women beautiful, and offering accessories and personal styling assistance, creating transverse and unprecedented fashion trends.”

What is the inspiration behind your collection?

“For my new collection, ‘Moroccan Dance’, my inspiration was a postcard I received. The colors were amazing in the background, so I decided my new collection would have a Moroccan flair.”

 

 

 

Deep. Inner. Orbit. Systems.  by Yasmina Johnston

 

A native Texan, Yasmina is currently studying fashion at The Art Institute Dallas.

 

 

 

How would you describe your design aesthetic?

“I would describe my design aesthetic as dark, sculptural, and futuristic.”

What is the inspiration behind your collection?

“The inspiration behind the collection comes from Japanese pop cultural influences, Islamic fashion, modern design, and expressive art.”

 

 

 

STATUS by Sarah Jones

 

Born in Houston and now based in Dallas, Sarah attended The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles.

 

 


How would you describe your design aesthetic?

“Architectural in concept, but flowing in nature. Draping natural fabrics of varying weights creates layered looks you can mix and match to create just the right look for every ‘status’ of your day.”

What is the inspiration behind your collection?

“This collection is inspired by the exotic traveler, collecting items and influences along the way in her tours, to best suit her in a lovely combination of functionality and pampered indulgences.”

 

 

 

Grishby Vintedge by Jay W. Grishby

 

Currently a student at Dallas’ Wade College, Jay is originally from Jackson, Mississippi.

 

 

 

How would you describe your design aesthetic?

“I design from around me, rather than from within. That way, I’m unfamiliar, oblivious to the design’s direction, leaving room to sway left and right, and room to find, to search, to dream, and to create. My aesthetic is that of a feather – free and unknowing, yet distinguishable and effortless.”

What is the inspiration behind your collection?

“My inspiration is the feeling of being an outlier. I’m oblivious to what’s going on centrally, nor do I have the desire to know. So, I create my own take on things, sticking closely to a personal perspective – how things should be, how a garment’s functionality benefits its wearer, and admiring the pure beauty of a fashion piece, rather than its deemed attractiveness.”

 

 

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