Over the next couple weeks, Mizzie and I will be profiling the designers who will be featured during the Naked Without Us Fashion and Music Festival, April 19-24.
We're kicking off this series with a designer and stylist who is no stranger to NWU events, Amanda Valentine of Valentine Valentine. Amanda will be a featured designer on the NWU Originals Fashion Show on Saturday, April 24.
All of Amanda's pieces are one of a kind and made from reclaimed fabrics and patterns. She also makes super cool necklaces and rings. (I have a bit of an addiction to her cocktail rings. They're amazing! I own three and I wear one of them almost every day.)
Amanda took some time out from her recent vacation in Los Angeles to answer a few questions for us.
Where do you draw your inspiration for your collections?
I love studying different cultures... from places I've never been. I think growing up in the Midwest made me really curious about the world out there.... I'm really fascinated by the ancient cultures- Egyptians, Mayans, Incas... But I love the struggle of those rich ideas, textures, shapes, patterns transposed onto a modern garment.
Who are your three favorite designers and why?
This changes but my all time, constant is Yves Saint Laurent. His work in the 60s and 70s defined the eras. I saw his "Mondrian dress" when I was about 12 and I was hooked. Also right now I love Alexander Wang. He has a refined sloppiness that is so hard to nail. I also love Vena Cava. Two amazing girls who design for the thinking girl.
What is your favorite color to wear and how does it make you feel?
To pick a favorite color is like picking a favorite child. Can't do it.
Name two of your favorite bands right now.
List five of your favorite places in Nashville.
My studio in Germantown, Holland House, my secret favorite Goodwill, Mercy Lounge, Natchez Trace.
Here's a look at some of Amanda's amazing jewelry and a few photos from her recent Fight Club shoot with fellow NWU featured designer, Shannon Lea.