by The Dream Stalker
So I wanted to talk to someone who was and continues to be inspired by all things African, and why not an African born (to be more specific: Nigerian), New York based designer? Washington Roberts, who runs a label of the same name, catering for the 'contemporary women' of the world with his elegant, stylish and timeless pieces.
Of fashion, WR said "Fashion is my form of expression of how I think and see the world." and of himself and his brand, he said: "I want to represent possibility"
TDS got the opportunity to ask Washington Roberts a few questions. Here are some of the things I wanted to know about and the answers that WR had for us.
Why did you decide to start Washington Roberts and why did you name it after you?
I always wanted my own company, no matter what industry I ended up in. After working for other companies, I learn you can’t really get your point of view across. So, I decided to combine what’ve I learned from my grandmother, my fashion school knowledge, and fashion industry experience plus my desire to own my own company the birth was Washington Roberts Collection. Also I choose the name, because every collection is a part of me I'm sharing with the world. What better way to describe my creation and I feel it wasn't a coincident that i was named Washington Roberts, it was God's plan for my life.
What inspired each of your collections?
My first collection; AW 2010 was inspired by Beach Rocks. Reminiscent of the beaches along the coast of Nigeria, the layering and drapery of the collection is an embodiment of the beach rocks along the coastline. The textures and hues of the beach rocks along the coast came to life in the mixing and manipulation of fabrics – silk and wool, and silk jersey and crepe back satin silk.