It's that time again! Fashion Week is upon us! Oh the mayhem! Oh the Excitement! I flew in to Auckland today and damn near died finding my AirBnB! But enough about me. We're here to talk fashion. I caught up with Tanya Carlson - the woman behind the fabulous label that is CARLSON - to hear about what we should expect on the runway at the CARLSON show this year!
Our show for this year’s NZFW – CARLSON, presented by Holden Astra –stands as a celebration of the history of CARLSON’s design ethos with each piece a one-off, handcrafted, unique design created from our archived fabric collections. 90s sportswear is juxtaposed with demi couture, while combining other elements of vintage western, chinoiserie and 60s eveningwear. Each one-off piece will be available for sale in our Ponsonby store.
I love the muted tones of your current collection. What inspires your colour palette?
As with all aspects of my design – from colour to shape, texture and fabrics – I draw my inspiration from a range of sources, from the creative industries and the natural world. Often my colour palette comes from experiences I have in the outdoors – the blues and greens of the ocean that I’m surfing in, or the mottled greys of a road I’m driving on in my Holden, or bronzes from the sunsets looking up from my store on Ponsonby Road.
I think I was born to make beautiful garments that fit. As a kid, I was always cutting up mum’s fabrics and trying to make things out of them. I learnt to sew properly when I was a teenager but I never followed the rules. I was always in trouble for not using patterns or turning up with a pattern of a kind made from newspaper. I understand women’s shapes and how to create garments that fit well and look great. This collection has allowed me a creative freedom that I usually only get when I am creating one-off garments and don’t need to consider the limitations posed by a garment going into production. I love to design clothing – whether it’s a summer dress or a demi-couture garment for a dancer. I can’t imagine ever doing anything else.
What advice would you give to someone considering a career in fashion?
You need to love it, to really love what you do. That gets you through the challenges of a hard retail environment and an industry that can be, at times, tumultuous. And get a hobby that will help you through the tough times at work. I surf and drive.
What three words best sums up the Carlson Style?
Authentic, effortless, loved.
Please finish this sentence: Fashion is...an extension of yourself.