London-based fashion designer Louise Körner remembers admiring her mother’s wardrobe at a very young age, but it took her some time to pursue her initial passion. “My mother’s wardrobe was a favorite spot to put something on and play a character,” she recalled in an interview with The Smoke Detector. “In later years I actually thought I was going to study architecture or product design, but I didn’t know if I had the eye for it. However, after my Foundation year at Central Saint Martins they said I should specialize in fashion and fashion prints, and that’s how I got into fashion design!”
She hasn’t looked back ever since. The founder and creative director behind her ready-to-wear label, she is first and foremost a womenswear and print designer, with additional experience in costume design and bespoke bridalwear.
Her inspiration comes from conceptual themes and architectural perspectives, aiming to create a carefully balanced mixture of powerful grunginess and a nordic minimalistic sensibility. It’s a delightful mixture and one that has caught the attention of fashion magazines as well as celebrities.
“It is such a satisfaction when you are creating a new collection, especially when it falls perfectly on the body or when the prints come out beautifully,” says Körner. “When you love what you are doing it doesn’t feel like work and you can work late nights with no problem. However, it is a very tough industry and people are going to criticize your designs. It is a lot of pressure (especially starting your own company) and it’s an intense schedule during the whole year. That’s why it’s important to find balance.”
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