We caught up with Kaleidoscope’s very own in-house designer, Kirsten Emery and in-between swathes of fabric swatches and various mood boards we managed to grab five minutes to find out a bit more about the role of a designer:
So Kirsten how do you become inspired for a certain design?
I find inspiration from a variety of sources, books, museums, instagram, movies, generally anything that catches my imagination.
Do you try to keep with the trends or create your own?
High fashion trends are often not appropriate for our customer, so the challenge is finding the right interpretation.
Do you come up with concepts for designs first or is it more of an unplanned thing?
I start each season with 3 or 4 concepts or “stories” per department, sometimes it can be just a selection of certain colours together that can evoke a theme or a story, then I trawl catwalks, magazines, instagram for images that tie in with the look or the feel of the story. So by the time I present the trend boards to the buyers,each story has already begun its journey and evolved already.
So what should I buy right now, today?
I live by the age old motto,” if in doubt buy a fabulous pair of shoes!” right?
What colour should we be wearing for autumn/winter?
Not what you wore last winter! Always be brave a venture to the rail that looks a little scary, you might just find it suits you perfectly
Less or more?
It depends, go with how you feel.
OK, heels: wedge? platform? flattie?Heels?
Heels – Is there any other solution to being short??
Written by Sally Hutchinson