“My earliest fashion memory is my aunt from New Jersey, she would wear a red overall with a leather jacket and hair like Donna Summer in Bad Girls. It really blew my mind!” – Edgar Carrascal
EDGAR CARRASCAL – THE INTERVIEW
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN DESIGNING FOR?
I’ve been designing since 1999, when I finished school. I wanted to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and decided to develop a portfolio of ideas so then I started designing.
WHAT MADE YOU GET INTO FASHION?
Since I was little I used to see my mother buying clothes compulsively. She had a huge wardrobe and getting into her room was like discovering a treasure. When I graduated from high school I decided to improve my English and went by myself to NYC and there I finally found that fashion was my place.
WHAT IS YOUR EARLIEST FASHION MEMORY?
My earliest fashion memory is when my aunts from New Jersey used to visit my family in Barranquilla, Colombia. One of my aunts would wear a red overall with a leather jacket and hair like Donna Summer in Bad Girls. It really blew my mind!
HOW DOES THE FASHION SCENE FROM COLOMBIA COMPARE TO ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD?
Barranquilla is a very special city because it has a lot of external influences. There are a lot of people from the Middle East especially from Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Israel, but also a lot of Italians, Germans and Africans. It’s a very unique mixture when you look at the connection between the people and fashion. People vibrate with a special tropical sexiness, sometimes refined but at the same time also relaxed.
HOW DID YOU GO ABOUT DESIGNING YOUR COLLECTION?
Well I base my collections on 4 principles. My first principal is normally my state of mind at the time when starting my creative process. My second principle is trends and current news of the moment. I normally search newspapers, magazines, catalogues and elaborate on my present and fresh view of the world. My third principle is my ideal client and with the last principle depending on how it would look on the street. I like to search for new places, atmospheres and analyse what is going on and how people translate fashion on the streets. After having all of the info I need for my designing process, it is a continuous transformation. I try to communicate a compact idea of what I feel is my mark for the next season.
WHO IS YOUR MUSE?
My muse would be the feeling of curiosity. I question myself and my environment whenever I can. Questioning gives me a critic view. I observe then question.
INSPIRATION FOR NEXT SEASON?
For next season, it’s a mixture between colourful kaleidoscopes and a man emerging from a space capsule that just crashed in the middle of the Amazonia. I’m feeling light sand colours full of strange sexiness.
WHO SHOULD WE BE LOOKING OUT FOR?
Anyone related to science. I’m interested in the new ideas of Cyborgs and molecular evolution.
DESCRIBE YOUR OWN PERSONAL STYLE?
I’m very casual. I try to give my wardrobe some sporty and colourful details. I am sometimes eclectic.
I love Spring/Summer. I love the vibration of the sun and the Caribbean flow. It’s in my DNA.
I love the 20s. Decadence, opulence, freedom and style.
WHOSE DESIGN AESTHETIC DO YOU ADMIRE?
I admire Elsa Schiaparelli and her risky humor.
IF YOU HAD TO PICK JUST ONE ITEM OF CLOTHING OR AN ACCESSORY TO RESCUE FROM A HOUSE FIRE WHAT WOULD IT BE?
An immaculate white shirt.
IF YOU COULD DESIGN A LOOK FOR ANYONE (ALIVE NOW OR DEAD) WHO WOULD IT BE?
John F. Kennedy Jr.
IN YOUR EYES, WHO IS THE HOTTEST PERSON?
Someone easy going, charming and always smiling. That is the hottest thing for me. Also the couple Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello.
WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?
‘Evil Gal Blues’ by Dinah Washington.
IF YOU COULD HOP ON A PLANE TO ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD WHERE WOULD YOU GO?
Any place in the world that celebrates carnival.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE CITY?
New York City without a doubt.
WHAT DO YOU MISS WHEN YOU’RE NOT AT HOME?
I don’t live in Colombia anymore, but still consider it home. I guess what I miss the most is my identical twin brother and typical sweets you can find in Colombia.
IF YOU HAD ONE WISH, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
I wish for good health for myself and everyone around me.
WHAT’S THE ONE THING ABOUT FASHION YOU THINK THE GENERAL PUBLIC WOULD BE SHOCKED TO KNOW?
The real good and bad human costs of the products we are paying for.
HOW HARD IS IT AS A FRESH DESIGNER TO GET YOUR WORK OUT THERE?
It is really hard if you don’t believe and don´t know what you’re doing. If you have a real goal with real expectations and work hard for it, that´s all you need. The rest is all about good luck.
WHERE ARE YOU STOCKED?
In my studio in Barcelona or from some specific people and stores I work with. Quality instead of quantity.
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO PUSH?
I would like to push the idea that the fashion process should be pleasant and creative from the beginning until the end. I collaborate with a foundation that help women in risk of social exclusion, featuring the womens work as part of my collections.
Images courtesy of Estrop Barcelona