What would your advice be to upcoming designers and students studying fashion, what are the outlets they should be monitoring to keep ahead of trends and styles in the industry?
Something I’ve learnt in my time designing is do your research! Don’t rush into it and don’t push yourself too hard. You need to have a bit of down time to see your strengths. I worked non-stop for 6 months and didn’t have a life at all! In the end it didn’t help me because I was always tired and stuck in a rut. I realised then how important it is to keep fresh ideas flowing. If you ever get designers block, put everything down and do something random like llama trekking or abseiling!
It’s good to follow trends but make sure to keep your own individuality. Don’t follow trends if you don’t like it! It’s important to have a perspective on what’s hot or not and to always stay true to yourself.