Interview with the designer Anna K
by Gioia Gange
Anna stepped into the fashion world three years ago, when she was only 16 years. Starting from 2012, Anna K continues to create not just clothes – she creates her own World of Anna K, full of flowers, girly dresses, playful prints and quirky captions.
Today fashion comes from the catwalks to the streets in one blink and Anna K is totally on the same wavelength with the whole fashion world. Girls in trendy, wearable, funny&cool clothes by Anna K are the stars of street style and fashion parties.
Now, at 19, Anna makes four collections in a year and her map includes 40 trendy shops in 25 countries.
The gallery above is Anna K’s Spring-Summer 2016 collection.
When and how you decided that you wanted to be a designer?
At the age of 14 I started my fashion career as a model, at that time I was highlighted on the covers of many magazines, but I was always fascinated by fashion designers and what they do, so at the age of 16 I decided to changed my direction in fashion industry and showed my first collection at Mercedes-Benz Kiev Fashion Days.
It was your dream job?
Yes. of course. From my early childhood I was always dreaming of a career as a fashion designer. I had a lot of ideas which I wanted to bring into my own collections. So I made my big dream come true.
Which is the first thing you designed and for who (yourself,a friend…)?
I made my first collection for Mercedes-Benz Kiev Fashion Days in 2012.
Who’s the designer you admire the most and why?
Rei Kawakubo – I`m delighted with how stunningly she built her brand and what marvelous clothes she creates.
Who’s your muse, your icon, when you create a dress?
If you had to design an entire collection using just one color, which is the one you’d pick and why?
Pink. Because the motto of my last SS16 collection is “every girl is a princess” and pink is the true color of the princess.
Who’s the first person you show your sketches to?
It`s not a person – it`s my whole team.
The fabric you love the most…silk, lace, velvet and why?
Silk and chiffon – these fabrics are weightless and delicate, as if they are made for the genuine princesses.
If your clothes had a soundtrack, which songs you’d choose?
Antonio Vivaldi. “The Four Seasons”
Do you have any trick to avoid that “blank page” moment when you’re at the beginning of the designing of a new collection? Do you watch a movie, flip an old magazine…
I don`t know such a problem as “blank page” – inspiration is all around me. But mostly I`m getting inspired from the books and Art.
If you weren’t a designer which job in the fashion world you would like to do and why?
I would definitely continue my career as a model, because fashion is my home and I can`t see myself in any other industry.