Designer In Focus: Trixay Zarate

There's been a stigma with young and student designers. They are tirelessly discredited for their lack of experience. But this month of September, Runway2Reality will feature interviews with young student designers on how they can defy this stigma that has been with industry since its conception. Runway2Reality interviews Trixay Zarate as she tells us about fashion, that it should be exciting and entertaining at the same time. How should it exude elegance in every situation and how she wants to enhance and her creations highlights beauty in every woman.

Name: Trixay Zarate

Background: Studies/Occupation/Industry/Company:

I started designing when I was 17 years old with my own label, Solamentebianka.

Describe your Personal Style, Inspiration and Fashion/Design Philosophy.

I am eclectic, romantic with a modern twist. I draw inspiration from streetwear and vintage classic pieces and give them a touch of elegance. I want fashion forward designs that exudes elegance in every situation.

"I don't design, I critically design every piece I make."

What made you decide to take fashion design?

It all started when I was young, about 3 to 9 years old. I love dressing up and dolls. I love watching Fashion TV and Barbie dolls. As I am growing up my collection of Collectible Designer Barbie dolls is also growing.

What I love about design is that I am able to freely express myself with the absence of rules.

What do you think is the biggest misconception with student designers?

That student and young designers are raw and incompetent. That they can't build a name for themselves at a young age.

Local and Foreign Fashion Designers you admire.

Coco Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld, Lanvin, John Galliano, Oscar de la Renta and Michael Cinco.

What is you inspiration for the collection that you'll be presenting at the upcoming Editions-Revealed?

Glamwear with a classic twist. I listen to classical music everyday, so it has influences of Classic, Vintage and Victorian.

Some are saying that student designers should not showcase fashion shows or to the public. For they need more experience and what not in the industry. What can you say about that?

I think, first hand experience of new designers is the basic foundation and motivation of these designers.

Behind every great design, lies a great designer, which was once a beginner.

What do you think are the challenges facing young/upcoming designers?

To come up with new, original and interesting designs that are wearable and unique at the same time it shows the designer's distinct character and people in return show their appreciation by wearing them.

Young designers are also taken for granted. Not taken seriously and are also underestimated that they're are not professional.

What do you think Philippine Fashion needs?

I believe Philippine Fashion needs more originality, a more accommodating and be more open minded when it comes to fashion. We also need to be more experimental.

Complete the sentence:

If I am not a fashion designer... I am a teacher.

Fashion for me is... a way of life.

When It comes to fashion, Filipinos need... to be more stylishly open minded.

Trixay Zarate will be part of Editions Revealed this coming October 8, 2009.
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