Teresa Martins Interview TM Collection

Last Saturday we have the pleasure to attend the TM Collection Fashion Show in Portugal Fashion Week, where her Creative Director Teresa Martins present her new collection “Entre Serras”, an amazing show, who take us to a magical world where the designer materialized trees above the heads of the models.

Visionary, creative and innovative, the Fashion Designer Teresa Martins (the creative Director of TM Collection) has one of the most exciting and meaningful careers in the international scene. Her contribution to this discipline has set new artistic standards. Today we are going to know more about Teresa Martins.

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–  What were your beginnings in the Fashion World?

Back in the early 2000s, I had a home décor store named ‘Coisas da Terra’ (roughly translating in English as ‘things from Earth’). One day, one of our Indian textile suppliers brought a suitcase full of beautiful textiles (embroidered cottons, organdy, natural silks; these were all very uncommon and hard to find in Europe). I had just taken painting classes, and for some reason started envisioning all these fabrics in colorful clothes never seen before. I shared my vision with the supplier and he challenged me to follow him to India and bring to life a unique fashion collection. And so I did. We prepared a capsule collection to unveil at Maison et Objet fair in Paris in Spring-Summer 2005. The collection was a success and TMcollection was born.

– How is the woman who wear TM collection? What differentiates Tm Collection from another brands?

 The woman who wears TMcollection is sophisticated, artistic. She is someone who appreciates quality over pure fashion, and has a more mature advanced style.Our customers tend to be cosmopolitan, well-travelled, educated, and affluent. We find that our customers related very deeply to our values as a brand and to the collections we design. Our clients tend to be very dedicated to the brand. Sometimes, we are very fortunate to receive visits from clients who just want to meet us, spend an afternoon in our showroom and stores, and talk to the team! They love to embrace TMcollection’s lifestyle.

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-Which is the fabric or material that you usually work in your collections?

Most fabrics are exclusive, natural and sourced especially for each collection. As base fabric, we tend to design with high-quality silk, hand-loomed cotton, linen, and wool.For the finishing touches, we love to use mother of pearl, and metallic threads. Our fabrics and materials are sourced in India and Portugal. We normally produce our collections in these countries as well.

-What can you tell us about your new collection “Entre serras”? Why this name?

Entre Serras in Portuguese translates roughly as “In between mountains”. This collection was inspired by the Northern Portuguese mountain ranges – particularly the beautiful landscape Serra da Estrela. The mountains austerity was mirrored in straight-shaped oversized silhouettes, with sober autumn colors in wool, velvet, silk, and cotton.

Since early conception, we wanted to design this collection so it would reflect and respect the Portuguese ancient traditions of wool manufacturing and usage.

– The staging is very important in your catwalks., your performance are always amazing. We had the pleasure of being with you on the backstage and you take care of everything. How do you feel minutes before the catwalk?

Thank you for your visit first of all! It was great to meet in person and have the opportunity to show you our work backstage. The idea for the fashion show usually develops when we are designing the collection. In the months before the show itself, we meet to develop the concept further and organize (from styling and casting, to the music, choreography and set). We always want our shows so to reflect much more than just fashion – we aim to create an environment, and particular atmosphere. We work hard so that the show embodies our TMcollection lifestyle.

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-Could you confess a sublime moment lived in the Fashion World?

Right when we unveiled our first collection at Maison et Objet in 2005, I knew I want to take much further and present a collection at an internationally renowned fashion show. To show a collection in a catwalk was (and still is) the yardstick to become a great fashion brand. For this reason, I set the objective and we worked hard to reach it – It took us 4 years before we were ready to show our collection. TMcollection was invited to showcase the collection at Moda Lisboa in September 2009. I had never been in such a powerful public spotlight. When the show ended, all the audience stood up and gave a standing ovation. This feat was in the national news. I was tremendously fulfilled and proud of TMcollection.

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-Where can we buy your clothes?

You can buy our collections on our online store (www.tmcollection.com), on our branded stores in Portugal, and in our amazing network of over 300 retailers in almost 40 countries around the world.

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– What are your upcoming projects?

We working on our three running and upcoming collections – focusing in marketing our SS15 collection around the world, producing the FW15 in India and Portugal, and brainstorming our SS16 collection in Lisbon.On the side, we love special projects – these are great opportunities we are given to extend TMcollection’s lifestyle. We are designing exclusive wedding dresses for summer, decorating hotels and restaurants, and developing special collections for large clients in South Africa and France.

Thank you so much to Teresa Martins for granting me this interview. Van Der Lovers stay tuned to VDL for news about TM Collection

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Alexandra Moura Fashion Interview

Today I want to show the work of the Lisbon designer Alexandra Moura consolidated as one of the great values of the Portuguese contemporary design. 

  She has launched her collections in many European and international catwalks, and the book The Young European Fashion Designers has mentioned Alexandra as one of the young designers with more impact on the future of the fashion world.

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-How do you remember your start in the fashion world?

Like everything in life, all steps are important steps, but one of the biggest highlights of my life in the fashion world, was the possibility to integrate the official calendar in ModaLisboa-Lisbon FashionWeek, where everything came to be at a level truly professional and gave me the chance to be able to start taking the first steps in my internationalization. 

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– How do you get the inspiration?

A photo, a person, an object, a sensation, a feeling.  Everything that is beautiful through my eyes, everything that have the capability to put me on another world, another dimension, that makes me dream and gives me the power to have ideas.

 

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-Do you remember the first piece that you créate?

No doubt, I remember them all! 

– What differentiates Alexandra Moura’s proposals from other fashion designers that we can find in the market? how is the man and the woman who dress Alexandra Moura?

My work is characterized by a modern, rebellious, adult, urban style with the use of hand and detail with a small-scale production governed by a standard of high quality care in a special presentation of the product. I want my work to convey a concept in which the focus is given to the uniqueness and the product is always seen as an intervention in which the commercial aspect is not emphasized. I always like to customize the pieces with small details that somehow gives them uniqueness. It’s my way to cherish the pieces and make them unique. 

– Would you confess us a fantastic moment that you have lived in the fashion world?

It is a difficult question to answer, as emotional person that I am, too were the moments that marked me and that in his time were fantastic. 

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 -Do you have any muse?

No. Everyone can become my inspiration at one point of my process.

 

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– Vincci, a popular DJ in Hong Kong, recently appears in a fashion magazine wearing ALEXANDRA MOURA’s F/W13_14 blouse. What do you feel about this?

I think it’s wonderful. I feel very happy and very honored! 


-Social networks allow to disseminate the work of creative designers to a larger group of people and in different parts of the world. do you do you usually  use social networks to promote your work? or how You use social media to promote your work ? 

Social networks have an increasingly important role in the expansion of a brand. Specially at an international level, where we want to be increasingly present. I´ts very important to communicate to the world what we create, and social networks allows us to reach the all world. 

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– If  you have to describe the current situation of the Fashion World in Lisbon with a dress . how would you do?

That dress would have a deconstructed silhouette, with some details of overlaps where the palette of grays would manifest.

 

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-What can we expect in your upcoming collection? 

 A collection with a very strong concept, it travels between a tribe of Handramaut, in Yemen, and the work of the Portuguese painter Victor Pires Vieira.A collection with a strong silhouette where the Black and Blue Indigo prevail. The most classic details blend with the most sport, bringing the collection a sophisticated, urban and very contemporary language. 

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– Where can we buy your clothes? 

They are available in our concept store, Alexandra Moura MA+S (R. Dom Pedro V, 77 Lisboa), and also in the Asian Market. Very soon we will be in other European cities and also online. 

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-And finally Where would you like to see your collections  parade?

In a European capital like London and certainly in Asia, Hong Kong and Tokyo.

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Thank you so much to Alexandra Moura for granting me this interview and show us their collections 

 

Site: http://www.alexandramoura.com

Fan page: https://www.facebook.com/alexandramoura?fref=ts

Jordi Dalmau Interview

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 The Catalonian designer Jordi Dalmau is a perfectionist man with every one of his designs, highlighting the best of every bride, with projects full of hope.

 An original and distinctive bet which  wear a bold and sensual bride, that hiding under bulky overskirts her figure perfectly tight, offering the possibility of wearing two different outfits on that special day.The  transformation  is instantaneous of a wedding dress to a party dress. It is in the small details that manages to offer a proposal Jordi bride that suits the dress she had always dreamed.

 

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JORDI DALMAU Brides was founded in 2001 as a young and dynamic company, willing to break the rules  in the bridal industry, given its commitment to colored wedding dresses.

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He loves the women’s curves and loves to enhance her waist, which is why their corsets wedding dresses have a striking visual effect,  it reduces 5 centimetres . Yeah! 5centimetres

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We enter into the magical world of Jordi Dalmau, with a funny and great performance , and  dresses fully customized.

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How do you remember your start in the fashion world?

My start in the fashion world, were given to some doors closed, precisely in this world and then  I decided to create my own brand and make it known internationally. It’s still difficult, and more with these times, so We don’t cease in our efforts and doing the best.

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– What differentiates Jordi Dalmau’s proposals from other wedding dresses that we can find in the market?

What differentiates us from other brands is the wide range of color schemes found in our collections, always respecting the traditional white dresses, with our modern twist.

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– Specially emphasize in your collections removable and colour full designs  How  is Jordi Dalmau’s bride?

Jordi Dalmau’s bride is a bold and modern girl, but  traditional at the same time , it’s a mixture of all of them, which is not carried away by fads and better bet to be unique on your great day.

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– More and more you are calling from abroad to parade and present your collections, would you like  to wear some celebritie ?

We would be delighted if any celebrities dress our designs, but one that would look best with her curves  she would certainly be Beyoncé.

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– What is the reason that you direct your work to design for brides?

Our work is directly focused to brides, because it’s a very special design, which theoretically wears a girl once in her life. Must be a design that reflects her personality and style. I like looking for exclusivity in each of them, adapting the dress to the person in particular is something magical, personal and exclusive where you are very in touch with the bride to create this great piece that will  make it unforgettable.

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– Do you remember the first piece that you created?

The first piece I created, I remember as a little crazy, I thought I only liked me, until I realized that  people wears what  out of my head ..

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-You have made a  short film with Javier Lozano for signature, a horror movie. how was the experience?

  Getting to make the elixir short film what I had in my head, scripted, directed and exhibited in various short film festivals, including Sitges. A pleasure to work with them and an exhausting experience and for this  I don’t think that I repeat it  again. I love design, it’s my job.

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-Your daughter Iris has starred on several occasions the performance. How does she inspire your collections?

My daughter Iris is the main reason why i’m moving. Without her, my collections would be meaningless. Even sometimes, in our travels, she gives me crazy ideas that gradually  I turned into reality. Currently she accompanies me on every catwalk, because it gives me strength and courage to go ahead.

– How does it feel to see your designs paraded on runways as Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week?

The first time we march in Barcelona Bridal Week, it was something special that can’t be explained with words … see everything that has come from the hands of my team, parading with great models, which make it float on a cloud, you have to  down and transform it into reality.

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– If you hadn’t been a fashion designer. what would you  liked to be?

If it weren’t a designer, I think I could have spent my time on anything artistic related  with crafts. In fact, I started my career as a florist.

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– How is the bridal collection of Jordi Dalmau for this 2014?

The bride elixir 2014, is a girl who defends the tradition  mixed whith whom is  modern, transgressive, something very common in all our collections.

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– Where can we buy your clothes?

Our dresses are available in some exclusive locations in Spain, such as our workshop in Granollers (Barcelona), Zaragoza, Valencia, Madrid, Vitoria, Galicia, France, Portugal, Belgium and this year also in Qatar.

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-And finally, A dream to be done?

My dream is to perform a catwalk in the New York Fashion Week, along with great professionals  as Vera Wang and Carolina Herrera, to Cross the pond.

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Thank you so much to Jordi Dalmau for granting me this interview.

 

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AID | Interview

Today I want to present Aida Alonso Iglesias, artistically known as AID, a Galician rapper, singer and urban songwriter of Vigo.

Aid was the image of the “A calquera hora” on Televisión de Galicia composing and performing the song “Apréndeo”. Besides appearing in the TV commercial for the chain, she  was involved in the full campaign video.

 Winner of Heineken Green Space Festival in Valencia and iTunes Worldwide cover whith the  song Boogie Vigo as latin single of the week. Her song was heard in the U.S., Canada, UK, Australia, France, Japan, Norway and Switzerland by million people.

 Her style rejects crime and the rappers stereotypes. Aid is committed to a clean rap and values.

– WHo is Aid?
A Girl from Vigo who loves music, sport and another things.

– Where does the interest in music?
Since childhood I liked music, dancing or singing I always heard something, and little by little I discovered more music.I met hip hop at twelve years old, it was a culture that contained everything I liked to do, sing, dance and paint, and that fully hooked me.

 – What were your first steps in this world?
They were very slowly, with great enthusiasm, and just enjoying. Almost always alone,in my way, and doing what I liked it, no more.

– Do you have a reference in the world of music? Who are your influences?
I love all music of any style and all I hear influences me. I’m loving soul and funk music, the 70s and 80s, 90s rap, and many more artists that have nothing to do with it. I enjoy the music, regardless of style.

– How is the writing process? What things inspire you when composing?
What goes through my head every day. Well what worries me, or what makes me smile, or cry, or cause me any feeling within me. I think the important thing is to feel alive, happy or sad, but always feel something. I think it’s worse when you do not feel anything. There is no life, no letters, nothing.

-Why did you decide to do a book-album that revisits loves rap and urban music classic literature Galician as Rosalia de Castro, Manuel Antonio, Curros Enriquez or Alvaro Cunqueiro?
It was a contact with Editorial Galaxia came suddenly. Came the idea, I loved it because I always  was  fan of Rosalia classical poets and Galician, and it was an honor to work on that. It’s a job for which I am very proud.

– How important are the lyrics autobiographical?
A weight of 100%.

– In 2008 you were the winner of the fourth edition of the Heineken Greenspace Festival in Valencia, ahead of more than 1300 groups, becoming the first winning rapper and the youngest artist what you feel when they recognize your work?
It feels satisfaction and that everything was worth it.

– Are you playing for more than a few dozen people in a room or to act to thousands in a stadium or festival?
Honestly, I have had much more of the former than the latter. So I’ve grown attached to the former, sing for people and be able to see the face, and then to stay in the room talking to some, quietly. I like it much.

– Radio host, a television reporter, singer and songwriter, plus engineering student ,How do you combine facets as diverse as music, engineering Telecommunications and radio host be?
Enjoying each one of the things when I do them. If you divide the time it  multiplies. And boom. Hahaha.

– Comfort and style?
Whenever both. If I’m not comfortable, I will not. If I’m not stylish, I will not.

– Can you confess  me a sublime moment lived in the world of music?
I think there are many. Each concert itself has its special. Some not by the impact, even for the number of people who come, but rather by the energy that permeates the place, by the special atmosphere between we are, or small details that go.

What do you plan for your immediate future?
Right now I’m preparing the single’s music video for the launch of my new album. Hope soon, it is taking its time, but in a few months will be the entire disk.

 

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Aid Official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Aid/350875131042

Toni Francesc | interview

Today I want you to introduce you the renowned Catalan designer Toni Francesc, a man who sees fashion as an art and a way of life.I had the pleasure to meet him this year at the Inauguration of space Hipotenûsa in Vigo, and for me it is an honor to show his fascinating career.

A man who seemed to have a target drawn on the design world. Toni grew up surrounded by fabrics and patchwork in the sewing  workshop of her mother. Currently showing their collections at Fashion Week in New York and Mexico, and also in the 080 in Barcelona. He has lectured on fashion and business management in some Mexican universities and has also participated in a panel discussion in collaboration with the Chamber of Commerce-USA and Spain Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York.

Here you have the interview:

-Who is Toni Francesc?

A normal person who loves his work and he is dedicated to it all the time that he can.

– When and how started your interest in design?

Since my  childhood I lived surrounded by fabrics, patterns, pins, soaps … I also liked drawing, sewing buttons, go weak points. It was something I never thought and I ended up studying design and dedicate myself to this.

 – What is fashion for you?

For me it’s all, my lifestyle and my passion. It’s like a daughter or a mother.

 – From your point of view what lies the uniqueness of Spanish fashion?

There isn’t a singularity, in fashion there can not be. Every designer is different and at the same time offer each trend but no two are alike.

 – How would you define your style?

Elegant, feminine, structured to give much importance to the shape and pattern volumes, sight simple but complex in its development.

– How do you usually inspiration for your collections?

I really inspires the simplest things, human beings, their behavior, nature, natural elements. Any scene lived or imagined.

– How you create a collection?

Looking for a topic that you are attracted, investigate, marked development lines, make the structure of the collection, drawing, looking appropriate tissues or pinup patterns do, then pass to the show, until just makes straight and so on until close the collection and have finished.

– In your shows.. Do you tell a story?

Yes, in every collection I pretend to tell something. Stories help us to understand the world around us, in my collections are always wrapped in a script that I like to score from the beginning to the end, for me is like a book or a movie.

 – Design: art and functionality?

Functionality.

 – How would you define the difference between fashion and style?

Style is timeless and fashion is ephemeral

– How is the Toni Francesc woman?

Feminine, elegant, beautiful inside out simple and natural

– In an industry where every day  there is new designers. what is the contribution of Toni Francesc to the fashion world?

I feel different in many things but mainly emphasize on how to deal with the pattern and fabric, I think that no two designers alike, just as no two people are alike.

– The Spring-Summer 2010 “Water’s Mood” presented at New York Fashion Week paid tribute to water in all its variants. It was very shocking! As background music were drops water. Tell me… Do you care about that much for your staging parades?

I try to take care of everything, the content is as important as the essence, in a parade is staged and you can not forget anything and take care of all the details although sometimes,it seems insignificant. I have to convey to the audience that they are the protagonists of my story and integrate them fully as it was a play.

Although the focus is the collection and has to be above all (the script).

In my parade of “Water’s Mood” was the theme not only water but poetically wanted to say that water can feel like human beings because we are 70% water.

Then I did some parallels with the human and natural state of water, not scientific but philosophical, as stagnant water, flowing water etc … and in the staging also used those same arguments with a closely related and music video the issue to the point of being part of it. As the sound of dripping water mingled with the steps in the models.

– What can you tell us about your collection for Fall Winter 2012/2013 “Aeternus”? Why this name?

The name comes from the memories of my grandmother, especially grandparents and all the world who told us stories of his youth, thus was born my collection “Aeternus” I will never forget and will always be in our memories. And then I wrote some lines that were the essence of the collection.

“A reflection of light where before there was an eternal darkness.
Memories of childhood that appear and subtly fade.
Memories that are within one forever”

– What is the elegance or style for you?

The elegance is what leads one inside or not and style for me is the way to present it externally.

– Is there a future project or plan that you could share with us?

The opening in New York to the end of September of a space for the two brands which I manage, “Veneno en la Piel “and “Toni Francesc “in Trinity Place.

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Toni Francesc has been so kind to dedicate a bit of his time and grant me an interview at the launch of its new Autumn / Winter 2012/2013 “Aeternus”. From here, I wish you success and continue to delight us with their designs and their hard work.

Amanda Chic for Van Der Love Magazine.

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