What is your favourite part of the design process? My favorite part is the beginning of the design process, before people start telling you why you can’t have what you want because of money or time or minimum quantities, or all of the above. At the beginning, the ideas are pure and everything is still possible and beautiful. It’s a constant exercise in compromise fighting to get the designs actually made on a small budget and with a small team.
Do you have a signature design? Slouchy tailoring and quirky prints. I do a version of an applique crocodile print each season, and also a googly eye print I’ve done a lot.
What is the most rewarding aspect of being a fashion designer? I love the people I get to work with and the freedom that comes with working with people who are your friends. I don’t know many jobs where we could get away with the kind of things we say in our studio, pure filth.
Any regrets so far? I regret not being born a rich kid. What lies ahead for the Natascha Stolle label and for yourself as a designer? Hopefully weekends off! Pamela Kingston