Part 2 of designer + make-up artist + photographer Stephanie Sevilla’s in-depth interview!
For Part 1 please CLICK HERE
CSM: Let’s start with the obvious question: Do you design and wear your own fabulous clothing?
Sevilla: Every chance I get! Although, there never seems to be enough time for designing my personal wardrobe wish list.
CSM: Your body of work is so diverse.. What is are some of your specific creative inspirations?
Sevilla: Typically I am inspired by isolated, intangible moments. Walking around NYC is one of my favorite ways to get the creative juices flowing, so I travel as often as possible. Street style has a way of haunting my memory relentlessly until it becomes reinterpreted into a design. Yoga and meditation are also powerful sources of inspiration. Some of my most creative moments happen during practice, so I keep a sketchbook with me to draft the idea after class before it escapes.
CSM: Do you keep up with current fashion? Any all-time favorite fashion designers or other fashion industry figures?
Sevilla: Enthusiastically, YES! Like many, I am a huge fan of the late Alexander McQueen. He was the ultimate showman, artist and inventive designer. I wept as though I lost a beloved family member when he departed and still fondly admire his many contributions to fashion. Among the living contemporary designers, I religiously follow Haider Ackermann, Phoebe Philo, Alexander Wang and Rick Owens.
CSM: Your work reminds me a little bit of Richard Avedon’s photography with Versace in the early 1990s. Turington, Campbell and Evvangelista modeled in this massive body of photography. Does this work inspire you in any way?
Sevilla: Wow, thank you! Coming of age in the 90’s was a privilege. The culture, music, fashion and photography from that period produced a profusion of inspiration. Avedon’s work likely influences my design and photography more than I can possibly acknowledge.
Below: Stephanie’s Clothing Line ‘Sevlyn – Spring 2013’
[All Photos Courtesy of Stephanie Sevilla]
CSM: Do you think in terms of collections or view your clothing as a ‘system?’
Sevilla: My design process is self indulgent in the beginning. I lust for unique items that I want in my own closet and aspire to develop those key pieces into a unified and hopefully timeless collection. Now that you mention it, I’ve always admired Donna Karan for her inventive “system” of dress so it may have subconsciously influenced my design process. I think having a closet full of complementary garments and accessories is still a relevant need for women today.
CSM: Have you worked with leather in the past or was this your first time?
Sevilla: I’ve worked with leather previously but this was the first time I was ready to incorporate it into Sevlyn. Leather has become a luxurious staple in my everyday wardrobe and I plan to explore leather’s many uses in future collections.
CSM: Have you considered expanding into more texture? I could see you being great with knits!
Sevilla: I have an obsessive love affair with knits but they have eluded my designs thus far. Currently, I am working on my first set of hand knit Alpaca wool pieces that will debut in the Fall 2013 collection.
CSM: What is your home-life like? Do you live alone?
Sevilla: I forge a lifestyle somewhere between artist, business woman and mother of an 11 year old, Mariella. These lifestyles are often contradictory, so I strive to stay active and healthy with yoga, exploring the outdoors and eating well.
CSM: Why do you chose to live in North Carolina?
Sevilla: North Carolina has been so good to me. The community of supportive family, friends and business peers is at the top of the list along with the explosion of new restaurants, art, music and cultural diversity. The world has gotten a lot smaller with the exponential growth of technology so everything is more accessible than ever. When I crave something new, I travel, but I always come home to NC.
CSM: What are your professional goals? Where would you like your business to go / be?
Sevilla: I’m very thankful to be supported locally and I’d love to see the Triangle continue to evolve into a nationally respected fashion hub. I’ll continue to concentrate my efforts here with local artists and businesses to cultivate Sevlyn as a locally designed and produced luxury clothing line. In the spring of 2013, Sevlyn will be available in 2 Triangle boutiques (to be announced soon) as well as online at www.sevlyn.com with plans to expand to Charlotte, Wilmington and Asheville boutiques in the fall of 2013.