Aren’t we all fans of Project Runway? So there’s no need to point out we are all fans for Kara Janx and her lovely and elegant designs, not to mention we’d all want a gown signed by her. In order to find out a bit more about her and her fabulous designs I thought an interview would be more that appropriate.
Here you have some of Kara’s thought on fashion, work and life! Enjoy and don’t forget to check her fab site.
1. When did you decided to become a designer and why did you find this domain interesting?
I finished my degree in Architecture at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, and then moved to NYC to work as an architect. NYC has evening programs in a variety of subjects including fashion at FIT . Whilst working during the day as an architect, I would attend classes at night.
It just felt very natural. I never received any type of degree/diploma. I studied classes that I felt were relevant to what it took to understand the construction of a garment. I also made sure to learn every single machine and its possibilities, so that I know the limits or outer limits of what I could do with fabric and so that I could converse in the same language with the pattern maker, cutter & seamstress.
Within my first few months of part-time studies, I got a job as assistant designer at JCrew. It was also at the same time that stores started to place really decent size orders. It was an obvious as well as organic decision
2. Talk us trough the first years of you work. Maybe you could tell us what did change in time? Are your designs different from the very beginning?
I started out silk screening on fabric and converting the fabric into underwear and t-shirts, both received such an incredible response. Everything was done by hand. It was definitely a gradual revolution as requests for more styles come from buyers and customers alike that I broadened the fabrics and silhouettes into what they are today.
One really needs to find their niche in the marketplace, and it definitely took some trial and error before I, and the buyers knew exactly what they could expect from the brand season in and out. Now the buyer and customer buys the label specifically for the dresses and tops.
The brand has come a long way, but the journey has been if at times crazy, so much fun!
4. Do tell us a bit more about your inspiration sources for your collection.
Color and fabrication are always key when introducing trends into the collection. Traveling, my husband and gorgeous children inspire everything that exists in my work and my life. Living, breathing and working in NYC, one cannot help but be stimulated: the mind, eyes and ears. It’s the streets of Manhattan that really impact my designs
5. Have you got any piece you’ve created and that has a very special meaning for you? Can you describe it or can show us a picture?
The Dylan dress is my daughter’s name, when I named the dress I knew it would be a best seller, and IT IS!!!
6. From your point of view, how should a perfect bride look like?
I honestly think every bride is perfect, there is a confidence and radiance that a bride has that is almost contagious.
I remember being a bride and thinking that my husband and I were in a kind of bubble, like we were floating.
It’s the dress, makeup, hair, nails, shoes, jewels, flowers…everything is so well thought out, for me that is as good as perfection gets
7. And tell us what would you give her and, maybe, other brands can’t.
The brand offers a package that is so uniquely different from all the other brands. It’s edgy, hip and progressive. The line also crosses the boundaries, whereas the dresses easily translate into bridesmaid dresses, rehearsal dinners, cocktail parties.
We have had so many bridal parties lately and the general comment is that every girl in the bridal party enjoyed there dress, as it wasn’t constricting & dated, rather youthful, chic and fun.
8. Last but not least, do you have any advice for FashionBride readers?
Yes, try and enjoy the process, it truly is a once in the lifetime experience, try and treat the planning as part of the fun of getting married. Take it in your stride and be the gorgeous gal you always dreamed of being