What inspired you for fall 2012?
Paintings by Anette Harboe Flensburg.
How does this play out in terms of colors, materials and shapes?
During the design process I focused on Anette H. Flensburg’s use of strong lines and bold colors. I am fascinated by her use of color and how she demonstrates color’s dependence on light. I worked on the idea by combining bold lustrous colors with textured shades of the same color to portray an effect reminiscent in her paintings.
What music did you listen to while designing this collection?
My music selection tends to vary from day to day. Yesterday it was Bon Iver, today it was The Sanctuaries and who knows what it will be tomorrow...
What do you look for when casting your show?
We search for girls that fit the role and can play the part of a particular look. We have a different and specific girl in mind for each look that goes down the runway. Good models are essentially like actors. We look for girls that have presence, a sense of self and a flair for the dramatic when we cast.
How do you stay energized/balanced in the weeks leading up to NYFW?
I’m naturally fairly energetic but I do tend to drink more Toasted Almond Tea from Birch Coffee around the show to keep myself going.
What other show(s) are you looking forward to seeing this season?
I would love to see other shows but being that our show is one of the last I will be too busy preparing to enjoy any others. I’m really looking forward to catching up on all of NYFW during my downtime after our Bill Blass show.
How do you plan to unwind after Fashion Week?
During the long work days leading up to the show I dream and hope of relaxing on some exotic island after the show, but realistically I will most likely just retreat to upstate New York.
Jeffrey Monteiro will show the fall 2012 Bill Blass collection on Thursday, February 16th at The Union League Club.