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Global Designer Spotlight: Larisa Terblanche from Johannesburg, South Africa


Larisa Terblanche at South Africa Fashion Week F/W 2014

Larisa Terblanche at South Africa Fashion Week F/W 2014

 

From Russia With Love.

By: Hina P. Ansari


Born and raised in Yoskhar-Ola City in Russia fashion designer,  Larisa Terblanche  and now living in Johannesburg South Africa. A truly global journey she settled in South Africa in 2007 just after living in Accra, Ghana. Her love of this creative field started as a child when she used to design clothes for her dolls. It was her mother who brought up the idea of actually pursuing fashion design academically. And so she did. Having collected various degrees in Russia, she started her career by working for a luxury fashion designer. Having established herself a noted bridal wear designer, Larisa decided to expand from that philosophy last year and design clothes that she would actually wear. Fresh from your presentation at South Africa Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014, she chatted with us about the bond created when designing a wedding dress, the beauty of female desires and being inspired by her South African surroundings.

 

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Fashion designer Larisa Terblanche from South Africa Fashion Week

Fashion designer Larisa Terblanche from South Africa Fashion Week

 

 

What is the story board/inspiration behind your latest collection for Autumn/Winter 2014?

Inspiration comes from female nature. Our strengths and weaknesses (relationships, desserts, jewellery), considering luxury and comfort with hints of sophistication and a strong personality. This is reflected in an interpretation of collars, silhouettes and clear details.  Soft cozy fabrics (loose knits, rayon twill) in ivory colour and chocolate brown (linen rayon with foil print) with a touch of mother pearls clear sequence. Shoes are covered by me in the same fabrics to complete the look.

 

What made you decide to get into the fashion business?

It started when I was a little girl; making dresses for my dolls, later I started to make my own clothes. When I finished school my mom suggested to me to go study fashion design, I think she saw something in me J, and I never regretted that I took that decision.

 

Who inspired you when you were just starting out? Who inspires you now? Has inspiration changed in any way?

When I was a teenager my family wasn’t very wealthy, that pushed me to create my own clothes.  Now my inspiration comes from everywhere I look. My two gorgeous daughters constantly inspire me to design something beautiful. Older daughter Liana (8years old) now also often takes off cuts of my fabrics and starts to drape them on the mannequin.  South Africa is amazing rainbow country with stunning landscapes and wonderful climate which also inspire me to create beautiful designs. And of course my own county where I was born with its incredible history.

 

You were primarily known for being a bridal designer. Tell me about your transition to ready-to-wear. Were there any challenges or was it pretty seamless?

I enjoy creating once of exclusive pieces as you bond with the client. It’s wonderful feeling knowing that when the bride walks down the aisle in the gown I created for her, she takes me with into that special occasion. When I was selected for KZN Fashion Council (based in Durban) Capacity Building Programme “21 Steps to Retail” and through the Modules I realized that I should start to design what I would wear myself. From that point creating ready-to-wear collections became quit easy to me. I just have to think would I wear it myself or not.

 

Larisa Terblanche at South Africa Fashion Week F/W 2014

Larisa Terblanche at South Africa Fashion Week F/W 2014

 

 

Can you explain to me your storyboard of your latest collection?

It’s a collaboration of female desires: deserts, relationships, jewelry, interior design and cosmetic product. What any woman can relate to herself. Our weaknesses and strong points. All that represented in silhouettes, details and fabrics choice for my A/W collection.

 

I love the colour choice, being all white, which (traditionally) goes against the fall/winter colour palette. Why so?

It’s my nostalgia for Russia. Russian white winter, white Christmas, white snow.  After living in South Africa for 9 years I still can’t get use to hot December and celebrating New Year in bikinis.

Larisa Terblanche from South Africa Fashion Week F/W 2014

Larisa Terblanche from South Africa Fashion Week F/W 2014

 

 

How do you unwind?

With my family, my husband and my children going on holidays mostly to the mountains (Dragensberg). It’s very flat where I was born in Russia that is why mountains fascinate me.What part of the day best inspires you?

I am an owl. That is why I am more productive in the second half of the day.

 

From where do you gather your overall inspiration (ie: a favorite book, a movie, people watching, travels etc)?

Landscape, architecture, photography.

Larisa Terblanche at South Africa Fashion Week F/W 2014

Larisa Terblanche at South Africa Fashion Week F/W 2014

 

Who is the ideal Larisa Terblanche woman?

Perfectionist, workaholic and dreamer.

 

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

It’s amazing how technology can move you forward. It’s important to pay attention to social media, but the best advice is to be kind, respectful and honest.

Larisa Terblanche at South Africa Fashion Week F/W 2014

Larisa Terblanche at South Africa Fashion Week F/W 2014

 

What makes the South African fashion scene unique?

South Africa is a rainbow country with multiple cultures and races, which makes it unique.

 

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

You have to be really passionate, creative and hard working, striving for high quality of what you are doing.

 

What is the best advice you’ve received and still treasure today?

It’s from my mom: “ Everyday striving for perfection”.

 

 

You can reach Larisa via the following channels: 

www.larisamoda.com

larisa@larisamoda.com

084-208-6056

www.facebook.com/LarisaMODA

https://twitter.com/larisa_moda

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