Featured Designer: Aleksandra Kolanko



"I love the artistry of fashion week and seeing different designers’ visions come to life. Scoping out the different shows online post-presentation is a fun way to get inspired. I would one-day love to show there and incorporate my performance art into the experience of presenting a new collection."

Tell us about yourself. (Name, Age, Location) Aleksandra Kolanko, 26, Brooklyn, NY.

At what age did you start becoming fascinated with fashion? Probably when I was a toddler. My mum used to let me pick out my clothes and mix and match my outfits. I would always come out wearing these weird, quirky ensembles that made other adults comment things like, “how could you let her go out of the house like that?” Looking back at pictures of myself I think I look great expressing my inner oddness through clothing.

How did you prepare for a career in styling? How do you stay updated on the current trends? I wouldn’t say I follow trends per say, I live in my head most of the time. But I do get a lot of good use out of Instagram, using it to find people who I connect with visually and get inspired by what they are creating and what’s going on in the world. This includes people outside of fashion as well, artists, photographers, etc..

How important is Fashion Week for you? I love the artistry of fashion week and seeing different designers’ visions come to life. Scoping out the different shows online post-presentation is a fun way to get inspired. I would one-day love to show there and incorporate my performance art into the experience of presenting a new collection.

What is your dream job? My dream job is designing and making art. Having an idea and then being able to turn it into a tangible reality or experience is what drives me, and so it would be great to get paid to do that on a daily basis.

What have you learned from mistakes on the fashion creative director job? What are your plans for the future? To keep making people think and feel through design and art; not only through a piece’s aesthetic beauty but also in the conceptual ideas that an object or experience can hold.

Where do you see yourself taking your designing career? Onwards and upwards.

Name the top three things in your designing kit that are must-haves? Gingher scissors, pin magnet, 18” transparent graph ruler

Tell us your most unforgettable experience as a designer? This one time I was supposed to be assisting with a designers’ show during fashion week. About an hour or so into being there, I was thinking to myself: “these don’t look like any of the clothes I’ve seen before, and I don’t recognise any of these people.” Turns out amongst all the chaos, when I checked in, they brought me to the wrong show in the building, and I was assisting with another designers’ collection. Needless to say, it was humiliating telling the people in charge that I had been in the wrong room the whole time.

Favourite all time designer? Comme des Garçons

Advice for the up-and-coming fashion designer up there? You be you. Stay true to your vision.

Booking information: Instagram: @aleksandrakolanko Facebook: Website: aleksandrakolanko.com Twitter: Email: aleksandrakolanko@gmail.com Photo Credits: 1. Photographer: Rebekah Campbell, Stylist: Renata Gar, Model: Sasha Frovola, Hair: Lisa Raquel, Makeup: Katie Mellinger 2. Photographer: Paul Westlake, Stylist: Natalie Agussol, Model: Lola McDonnell, Hair: Jacqueline Cookson 3. Photographer: Helen Eriksson, Stylist: Sexy rose Boiardo, Model: Ena Cucek, Hair: Yusuke Miura, Makeup: Kim Weber 4. Photographer: Call of the West, Model: Aleksandra Kolanko 5. Photographer: Madeline Zappala 6. Photographer: Paul Gilmore, Stylist: Jen Smith, Model: Katie Boren, Makeup: Kerrie Jordan 7. Photographer: Madeline Zappala 8. Photographers: Joseph Paradiso & Yuki, Stylist: Brittany Layton, Model: Brooke Perry 9. Photographer: Paul Westlake, Stylist: Natalie Agussol, Model: Lola McDonnell, Hair: Jacqueline Cookson 10. Photographer: Call of the West, Model: Aleksandra Kolanko

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