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The Queen of Kings…

28 Feb

Here at SimplyStudded, you should know by now that we thrive on fashion and remain fashion forward! We love to give recognition to those individuals who are trail blazers. With that being said, we’ve had the opportunity to sit down with none other than Christiane King for an interview. Please take the time out to read this dynamic interview and get familiar with Ms. King…

Christiane King

Thanks so much for taking the time out of your day to do this interview with us ladies @SimplyStudded. Let’s begin the interview by getting to know Christiane King.

 1) Who is exactly is “Christiane King” and how long have you been designing for? 

Christiane King: I was born in the Cote d’Ivoire (French for the Ivory Coast) where I spent most of my childhood and college years. After earning a Bachelor’s Degree in International Trade in the City of Abidjan and interning at the country’s top oil refinery, I realized my passion lied somewhere else.

I always showed a strong interest in fashion. But growing up in a country where fashion is highly underrated, I could not get my parents’ support, nor could I guarantee myself a successful career in fashion.

Soon enough the opportunity to travel presented itself and I left the Cote d’Ivoire for Paris and later relocated to Los Angeles. Experiencing both French and American cultures has really allowed me to broaden my fashion sense.

Once in the United States I decided to go after my dream and began studying Fashion design. I graduated from Woodbury University in Los Angeles with a Bachelors Degree in Fashion Design and after years designing for a local apparel manufacturer, I decided to start my own label.

I launched my first womens wear collection in the Fall of 2006.

2) What would you say is the inspiration behind your work?

Christiane King: The woman’s body is my greatest inspiration. My design philosophy is to create clothes that are flattering to the woman’s body and bring forth her best assets. I love to use layers, textures, volume and draping to achieve that. Now when it comes to environments and things that keep my creative fuel burning, the spectrum is vast. From nature, to art, to furniture the smallest detail can trigger a tremendous creative outburst.

3) I’ve noticed that your collection pieces are extremely detailed and have a ruffled flower ensemble in some of the pieces. Would you say that this is your signature look?

Christiane King

Christiane King: My signature look is a piece that embodies three characteristics: Feminine, flirty with an organic twist. I definitely like a “girly” look and flowers really speak to me.  So you’re most likely to see a ruffled or flower-inspired piece in most of my collections.

4) I see that you have been creating some flawless pieces for quite a few credited celebrities since 2008. Please tell us one celebrity that you would like to design for but haven’t done so yet?

Christiane King: Yes, I have been very fortunate to have many Hollywood starlets wear my designs. My ideal woman to design for is a strong, assertive, feminine woman who has a good sense of who she is and what she wants in life. She is a woman who is not afraid of taking risks but who also knows that trends should never outsmart her personal style. They are a few women that I think embody these qualities but if I were to name just one celebrity I’d like to design for, I’d probably say Jada Pinkett-Smith.

5) How do you come up with the concept of your creations?

Christiane King:  As I mentioned before, I love nature and that is usually the best environment for me to be in at the start of a collection. I usually pack a picnic bag, armed with a blanket, a sketch pad and pencil and go sit at a park or botanical garden for hours. It usually does take much to get started with my concept once I’m in the right environment.

6) What was the most challenging aspect of getting into the fashion industry for you?

Christiane King: I would say that my decision to go back to school and attain yet another degree, this time in fashion design was a challenging decision.

I was starting over at the age 21, which is when most people graduate from college in the United States. Although that sounds young to me ten years later, it didn’t at the time. But I was so eager to learn about a subject that fascinated me for so long that I took it as an amazing opportunity and went for it 100%.

7) Are there any other lines that are on the horizon for Christiane King? For example would you design a men’s line?

Christiane King: I’m looking into working on a small collection of purses. I will keep you posted when that happens!

8 )  What are some suggestions that you would give to someone who wants to embark in the world of designing?

Christiane King: First and foremost, I think it is really important for anyone who chooses to become a fashion designer to be passionate about this field. The fashion business is very competitive and cutthroat. It is not all the glitz and glamour it is often made to look like but instead it is a lot of hard work. You also have to be able to build a tough skin to filter through all the criticism (good or bad) that you will receive throughout your career. To be successful in this business you have to know what you’re doing by getting the right education. Love what you do. And believe in what you do. I love this quote by Jim Cathcart: “Aim high! The future you see, is the person you will be”. I live by that quote!

9) What are some upcoming events for Christiane King that the public can look out for in the near future?

Christiane King: Well, I am currently working on finishing my Fall/Winter 2011 for Los Angeles Fashion Week in October but I’m always open to participating in charity fashion shows. I don’t have any of these shows scheduled at the moment but I usually try to take part in local shows to help good causes any way I can through my art. Updates on my upcoming events are always posted on my Facebook Fan Page at www.Facebook.com/ChristianeKingFashion or in the news section of my website www.ChristianeKing.com.

10) Where do you see your company and brand in the next 5 years?

Christiane King:  My future aspiration is to see my brand become a household name. I’m working hard on staying on top of women’s changing wardrobe needs. I hope that by continuing to create designs that are in tune with what a woman wants, I will be able to take the brand to the next level. I strive to create clothes that better women’s lives and still maintain my design aesthetic.

 
 
 

 

 
 

Christiane King

 

Christiane King

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4 Responses to “The Queen of Kings…”

  1. Ricee February 28, 2011 at 10:00 pm #

    Absolutely stunning!!

  2. Trish February 28, 2011 at 11:25 pm #

    @ Ricee, I love her collection!

  3. Lauren Beamon March 3, 2011 at 8:46 pm #

    OMG I love love everything. I need to diet so I can wear it all

    • Trish March 4, 2011 at 2:31 pm #

      LOL! I want all of her dresses LB they are truly FAB.

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