Q&A with up and coming womenswear designer ADAM ANDRASCIK
British Vogue tweeted about up-and-coming womenswear designer Adam Andrascik throughout Paris Fashion Week. Graduating from Central Saint Martins, Adam hails from Pittsburgh US but bases himself in London where all of his creations are made. Citing craftsmanship and imperfections as the new wave of fashion, here at IFA Paris we had the opportunity to find out a little more about the emerging talent and how he found this year’s Paris Fashion Week!
Q. How was your fashion week?
A. Long but exciting. I haven’t felt this optimistic at the end of a season in a long time.
Q. PFW highlight?
A. I have two. The first was meeting Joan Burstein of Browns and being able to present my collection to her personally, she is a living legend. And second, meeting and working with the Plan 8 Showroom team this season. Easily the most professional and interesting people I have met in a long time. And a hell of a lot of fun as well.
Q. Why do base yourself in London?
A. It’s where I started my label after graduating from St. Martins, and I like the energy. Pubs are good too.
Q. Paris or London?
A. For me it has always been London, but after this season I think I might be leaning more towards Paris than before.
Q. Did you party in Paris? If so where?
A. Sadly, I had no time for any parties, but I did get to catch up with a couple of good friends for dinner.
Q. What current designers make you jump for joy?
A. I really respect the way Yang Li has built his business, and Phoebe for Cèline in the way she redefined the idea of a modern women’s wardrobe.
Q. What happens for you after fashion week?
A. I try to take a bit of time off and get out of my studio for a while. Since coming back from Paris on Sunday I’ve taken two days off this week and already I feel like I want to get back in. As soon as it’s over I’m ready to go again.
Q. Any trend predictions for the future?
A. I think it’s anything that’s anti digital. I don’t like the word organic, because for me it conjures up images of hemp shoulder bags, but I think it’s going to be more about craftsmanship and finding pleasure in imperfections. The way that a handmade suit can never be as precise as one made on a machine. There is something soulful to it, and that is what’s interesting to me now.
Q. What’s the best current fashion publication on the shelves?
A. For me, probably Self Service.
Q. Where do you shop? Any favourite brands?
A. Honestly, I haven’t bought a piece of clothing for myself in about 3 months. Anytime I’m in a store I’m in the woman’s section. But if I do it’s something black from Sunspel or Raf but that’s about it. And I like the store Hostem. Very much my kind of clothing, i.e. all black.
Q. What do you think of fashion bloggers?
A. I’ve only really met one personally, Susie, and she is lovely and I like her blog and she has been a great supporter, but besides hers I don’t really ever think to look at a blog for anything fashion related. That being said, I’m not their target audience. I’m sure there are a lot of teenagers who have minimal access to fashion out in the midwest of America who feel a connection to these sorts of platforms and that’s great, but it’s just not for me.
Q. Who is the most stylish person you know?
A. My friend Heather Gramston. She’s a buyer and always looks impeccable, in a ‘I’m late so I threw anything on and it looks great’ kind of way. And she’s never late.
Q. Finally, if you could choose a personality in the media to wear your collection who would it be?
A. Mara Rooney
Not satisfied? Need more info on the brilliant new talent Adam Andrascik?
But first, check out Adam’s fall winter collection that kindly was shared with us by the man itself.
Follow him on twitter here
And view his collections here
By Joanna Reid and Rudy Tun-Sanchez