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CLAIRE LE FAYE * FASHION Interview by Kat Turner

KT: Where are you from? CL: Originally I am from Milwaukee Wisconsin. KT: How long did you live in Wisconsin? CL: 18 years. KT: Do you feel that the mid west has been and inspiration for your line? CL: No, not really, I always felt like I was kept there against my will like Pablo the penguin who hated the cold, so as soon as I turned 18 I headed out west, moved to Oregon, lived there, went to art school, then moved to New York, finished design school, moved back to Portland, started a label and then finally moved down here to LA. KT: Do you feel like living in Portland had an influence on your design? CL: Portland and New York were two environments that have had in influence on what I do. They are dramatically different but I can say enough about New York, the variety of things, funkiness, downtown vs. uptown and I think Portland has a little bit more of a free for all do it yourself feel, so It’s great being able to incorporate both along with my crazy weird historical inspired ideas. KT: There are a lot of historical elements, period pieces romance and elements of fairy tale and imagination in your designs, where do you draw that? CL: Childhood, fantasy, imagination, I love history, the Victorian era, Medieval and gypsy culture and to be able to use that and combine it with modern day elements is really great. KT: When did you start designing? CL: Well really forever, its just one of those things that I have always done, but I didn’t realize I could make a living at it until 4 years ago. KT: And you just moved to LA so tell me about that. CL: It’s been fantastic. KT: What made you decide to move from Portland to LA? CL: Most of my business seems to be focused on Los Angeles and so it magnetically drew me down. KT: What’s your take on LA fashion? CL: Eclectic, it’s definitely a mixture of things that keep it interesting, obviously people don’t take it too seriously, so they can have fun with it.

KT: Do you have a signature look that you carry from collection to collection? CL: Vintage elements, whether its grandmas lace or chiffons, or some kind of little pleating. There is allot of little pleating that is sort of out of control that carries over from collection to collection. KT: What sort of woman wears Claire le Faye? CL: Definitely one who’s not afraid to be seen, confidant, sexy, is looking to not wear what everyone else in the room is wearing and she isn’t afraid to stand out. KT: What is one fashion item that you can’t live without? CL: Jeans, hands down. KT: Do you have a favorite brand? CL: No, there are just so many fantastic ones out there KT: What is one fashion pet peeve that you cannot stand? CL: Corduroys and Birkenstocks. KT: With socks? CL: The big woolly ones. KT: What do you like most about being a designer? CL: The freedom to be an artist everyday. KT: What do you like least about designing? CL: The only big drawback is that I am doing allot of the work myself. I look forward to being able to spread that out as I progress. KT: What words of advice can you give to designers starting out? CL: Contacts are everything and take advantage of any help that is out there. KT: Has travel had an influence on your design? CL: Definitely, living in New York for so many years and being able to go abroad and see what the rest of the world is doing in relationship to how I live. There is so much old history that I think we forget about being in such a new country and its great to be able to mix all of that history with what’s in front of me. KT: If I could give you a ticket now to anywhere in the world where would go? CL: Italy. KT: Why? CL: History, culture, climate, laid back, romance everything.

FASHION * CLAIRE LE FAYE MODEL * AUTUMN / PHOTOGENICS PHOTOGRAPHER * MELISSA RODWELL TECHNICAL * JOHN HARTIGAN STYLIST * DEANA ANAIA HAIR * DAMIAN MONZILLO MAKEUP * AMEY RENE

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