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Global Designer Spotlight: Durban’s Bianca Warren


 

Bianca Warren Autumn/Winter 2013 at South Africa Fashion Week

Bianca Warren Autumn/Winter 2013 at South Africa Fashion Week

 

 

This young designer shows us how the world can really be her oyster. 

 

By: Hina P. Ansari

 

We recently showcased Bianca Warren as she presented the Autumn/Winter 2013 collections at South Africa Fashion Week. She was one of our favourites and of course when presented with the opportunity to chat with her we couldn’t refuse.

 

Born in Johannesberg and having pursued her fashion education in Durban where she currently serves as her label’s home-base, Warren shows a certain sense of effervescence with her label which she founded in 2010. As a girl she “draped fabric around myself” and was quick to present fashion shows with her sisters and friends. Thereby putting straight on the path of becoming one of South Africa’s rising stars.

 

We asked her a few questions about her overall fashion inspiration, the current collection’s storyboard and her take on mixing various cultures into her overall fashion storytelling.

 

Bianca Warren

Bianca Warren

 

 

Who is your inspiration?

My mom, although she isnt a fashion guru or up and coming big designer and still is…

 

What is the storyboard/inspiration behind your latest collection for Autumn/Winter 2013?

I don’t focus on to much for Winter being in Durban we just layer slightly with fun winter fabrics, I change fabrication and add stockings etc. i am always very inspired by nature, travels, culture, countries and colour.

 

Your present collection boasts a beautiful array of colour and some notable (to me) Asian influences i.e.: the prints, kimono belt stylings. Is that correct?

This collection was heavily influenced from my trip to India and most of my fabrics were purchased from there. I fell in love with the vibrant colours and culture and one off fabric pieces…mixing them with current designs and current South African fabrics. I thoroughly enjoyed working with this range for South Africa Fashion Week (SAFW).

 

 

Bianca Warren's Autumn/Winter 2013 presentation at South Africa Fashion Week

Bianca Warren's Autumn/Winter 2013 presentation at South Africa Fashion Week

 

 

How do you unwind?

Whats that? hehe….At the  moment iI work 24/7. But when I can I love spas and walks on the beach with my family and dogs-obsessed!  I see my friends [when] they are visiting me  and [I like to] wander the market on weekends.

 

What part of the day best inspires you?

Evenings.  I hate waking up early….. I often think I’m nocturnal.

 

From where do you gather your inspiration?

Travels, cultures, even food! Sometimes I love to eat with my eyes ;-)

 

Who is the ideal ‘Bianca Warren’ woman?

Fun vibrant proudly South African on trend.  Woman aged between 25-65. All races who enjoys timeless elegant quality and  well priced clothing. My designs and fabrication are limited, so your purchases are unique not mass produced. When traveling I often find unique fabrics to incorporation with proud South African fabrics.

 

 

Bianca Warren's Autumn/Winter 2013 presentation at South Africa Fashion Week

Bianca Warren's Autumn/Winter 2013 presentation at South Africa Fashion Week

 

 

How does social media play a part in your overall branding?

HUGE! I have been very blessed with this last SAFW to get excellent exposure and having this exposure creates brand awareness where my boutique is situated, what I am about, who I stock etc. I make a concertive effort to Tweet up,  load pic on Facebook and get as many write ups as possible. It’s thanks to media coverage I am where I am today.

 

What advice would you give to up and coming fashion designers/ designer students who are interested in following this career path?

Work hard it’s not easy. “Love to shop, love fashion and love pretty clothes” is NOT what fashion design is all about. It’s far from glamourous. [It's} hard work, many hours of dedication, pattern sales, sewing samples, purchasing fabric. It's taken me almost two years and only now am I taking a small salary.  If it wasn't for my mom I wouldn't be where I am.  I am creative but far from business minded [so] she has been a great help.  If i could go back I would have gotten experience in the industry first, learned to work for a boss, get contacts, connections and knowledge of the industry. It has taken me much longer but I have finally got into routine and wouldn’t change a thing at this moment.

 

What is the best advice you received that you still treasure today?

Hmmm [I've received] so much, but most  important advice and I’m sure it applies to most people, we always treasure the the thing we have saved and bought ourselves. So build up your label on your own give it your all when you do something yourself, saved on your own, built your own empire it’s yours. SOMETHING YOU CAN BE PROUD OF.

 

 

Bianca Warren's Autumn/Winter 2013 presentation at South Africa Fashion Week

Bianca Warren's Autumn/Winter 2013 presentation at South Africa Fashion Week

 

 

Now that fashion week has wrapped up, what’s next on your schedule?

I have seriously and quickly got into the swing of things again after SAFW.  I have been incredibly inspired and got a new little venture that I will be starting this year, a signature BW collection. I will send you pics and info in a few weeks.

 

And we can’t wait!!

 

For more information on Bianca Warren Designs feel free to visit her on Facebook, Twitter @biancawarren and  her store is located at The Square, Umhlanga Rocks Drive, Umhlanga, Durban 0824655640

 

Photography courtesy of South Africa Fashion Week & Bianca Warren

Written by Hina P. Ansari 

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