Stalked: Rawan, Fashion Designer, Veni Vici Couture
11 May 2015
As we enter into May the time comes to start thinking of wedding dresses for the 'season' which is fast approaching. I have my first wedding in June, in the beautiful countryside of Leicestershire.. the question is now, what do I wear!!! As I was searching online for something a little bit different I came across this little gem of a designer, whose flying the flag high for couture!
What do you do and why did you decide to start your own brand?
I am a fashion designer; I started my first collection with an haute couture line. I decided to go with high end so I can go all out and be as creative as possible. I have always loved evening gowns but never found what I really wanted, so I decided to create my own dresses and that's how it all started. I love mixing edgy with elegant and that is reflected in my first collection.
It’s been a real journey but definitely worth itJ. I am now working on my RTW Collection so watch this space….
What do you love about Couture Vs RTW?
What I love about couture is that they are one off’s and you wont see other people wearing the same design. Even though it's more expensive, you know that this dress is made for you and you won't have to worry you will see many wearing the exact same dress as yours. Also you can design the dress you love in your own way and make it how you want it. You can go all out and put as much details as you want.
In RTW your designs have to be limited when it comes to details as the price point is much lower. It is simpler and should be more wearable. You have to make sure it's simple but also different to other brands as you have so many competitors. You also need to know that ready to wear is very fast and hard work. You need to have four seasons which are four collections a years rather than couture you can take more time working on one collection as there are only two collections a year. In RTW you constantly work on new ideas and designs and need a bigger team and factory.
What inspired your latest collection?
My debut collection was inspired by the modern duchess. I wanted my dresses to be elegant but have an edge to them. It's hard to find beautiful dresses that are elegant but also very stylish. The fabrics I used were very strong and had the sense of royalty. I also used gold metal and ostrich feathers in some dresses.
Who are your favourite designers?
I personally love Saint Laurent, Balmain, Roksanda Ilincic and Chanel.
Where do you shop and eat in London?
I usually shop in Harvey Nichols Harrods and Selfridges. I sometimes go to Dover St Market. Most of the shopping I do is online where I use websites such as Net-a-Porter, ASOS, Luisa Veroma and Shopbop.
My favourite restaurants in London are Zuma, Arts club, Coya, Cipriani and Sumosan.
How would you describe your personal style?
Elegant but with an edge. I love layering clothes.
What five items can you not live without?
My hot water bottle (as I’m always cold, it's my portable heater hah ha) or even a heater
This is the little number I'm wearing for my June wedding!