Q&A With Designer Octavio Carlin
Up-and-coming designer, Octavio Carlin, recently relaunched his line at LA Style Fashion Week and showcased his Fall/Winter 2012 collection. In an effort to cater to women's daily clothing necessities, Carlin has begun to design for a woman's body, and not solely for the look of a dress. I had a chance to interview the admired clothing designer, and his responses are italicized below.
1. In your biography on your website, you say that you are inspired by the Golden Age of Hollywood and from watching your show at Vibiana, I noticed that your line made use of gold silk and other gold material. Could you explain what your interpretation of the Golden Age of Hollywood is? How does that translate into the designs that you create?
The interpretation comes from the glamour of the Golden Age of Hollywood, which is the 1920s,30s, and 40s. I love the way the actresses of that time used to dress in movies, red carpets and parties. This translates into the silhouettes, and I am truly inspired by the look and feel of those times.
2. You worked for Disney in the past, and you have explained this experience as allowing you to express more freedom in creating unique designs. Has this experience influenced the creation of your most recent designs? Or did the experience become a limitation when creating “everyday wear” pieces?
The work I did for Disney was in wardrobe and then later costume design. That gave me the impulse to go into fashion because it deals with many different types of women who want to look and feel their best, whether for an event or just every day.
3. Your ultimate goal is to make women feel confident. What have you seen or experienced so far with women that inspired you to create such goal? How do you think your line will help women overcome their insecurities in order to wear, and rock, such a bold line like yours?
In my experience, women look for dresses that make them feel good, confident, comfortable and unique. There is not a lot out there that achieves that. I design for a woman's body -- they wear the dress, not the dress wear them.
4. The relaunch of your line aspires to cater to a larger group of women. What caused you to create a design with more of an “everyday wear” appeal? In what everyday situations do you envision women wearing your designs?
The 'everyday' appeal comes from having pieces that can be dressed up or down, especially the short dresses and separates.
5. I must say that your Fall/Winter 2012 collection was absolutely gorgeous. Could you describe in what ways your pieces were influenced by art deco and Egyptian motifs?
Art deco: the silhouettes and the clean lines. Egyptian motifs: the use of colors like fuchsia, electric blue, gold and black.
6. You have dressed some well-known celebrities from both the U.S. and Mexico. What kind of feeling do you get knowing that your designs are admired and worn by such talented women?
Happy and accomplished.
7. Will you continue to design more affordable and wearable pieces in the future?
If you have yet to see Carlin's designs, enjoy this video of the reveal of his Fall/Winter 2012 collection at LA Style Fashion Week!