Let me start by giving you a short bio, Alex Vinash is a creative designer based in New York. Argentinian born, he started off as an ice skating professional than later on transitioned to design and started designing dance and ice-skating costumes,while also choreographing ice-skating shows throughout europe.
Vinash was recently in Columbus Ohio for the 8th annual Columbus fashion week, as he was the head designer featured. As the headlining designer Vinash was the center of the philanthropy event, which is one of the events I personally always look forward to attending. This is simply because it’s a small and intimate setting where the headlining designer sits down and talks to us as the audience about how it all began.
He started describing how he saw fabrics as they moved when skating and how costume creating has given him more knowledge on fabrics, movement and structure as well as the ability to visualise a garment in its complete state.
‘Fantasy’ This was the theme that Vanish chose to display for the runway, as he was explaining his choice of theme, he also mentioned how there needs to be a balance between creating a collection for the runway and creating a collection for everyday wear. He says you (as a designer) can go all out and bring all the crazy and the creativity for the runway show where you have no restrictions when it came to your designs (OK I may be exaggerating his choice of words a little bit, but it s about how you receive it). This was what translated to me as he was sharing and myself and the young aspiring fashion designers from CCAD (Columbus College of Art and Design) just took it all in.
As a designer he equipped young aspiring designers with details that are sometimes overlooked, he stressed the importance of the business side of being a designer and a brand, costs, production and choosing the right market to cater to.
Having the opportunity to converse and ask questions and pick any designer’s mind is always exhilarating, you get up close and personal and you have a chance to experience the real person behind the brand. Thank you to Columbus Fashion week for allowing us to have these experiences.
Myself (wearing poncho/coat from Forever21) and designer Alex Vinash
Vinash designs Vinash designs
Alex Vinash it was a pleasure meeting you, Thank you for being genuine and unapologetically you. I felt like I had known him and we were friends just catching up. I asked a lot of questions of course and one of the things that I took away is be confident in yourself, and don’t apologise for being yourself. Own all your experiences and all the aspects that make you unique and put them in the work that you choose to share and present to the world
I live for experiences that help me grow as an individual.
Allow yourself to experience new things and new people.