Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

The Future Of Fashion

the-dorchester.jpg

We spoke to the male Carrie Bradshaw about his ongoing championing of emerging talent and return as a judge to the prestigious Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize...

Words: Olivia Phillips

If you've yet to hear about Derek Blasberg then we guarantee you'll not only be a fan, but probably be following him on Twitter by the end of reading this piece. New York Times best-selling author, columnist, friend to many (many) a fashionista and devastatingly well dressed man-about-town, Derek knows a thing or two about spotting a star.

It makes perfect sense, then, for him to be on the panel of the Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize once again, alongside other such fashion high-flyers like Tank Magazine's Fashion Director Caroline Issa. It's an accolade which flags up tomorrow's design superstars, providing the winner with £25,000 towards their business, as well as one-to-one mentoring from some of the judges.

The finalists (Huishan Zhang, Barbara Casasola, Fyodor Golan and Emilia Wickstead) will stage their collections in a catwalk showcase on Tuesday at London’s iconic Dorchester where Derek will be among the judges. We spoke to him about his gems of advice, what you really need to make it these days and, on a totally unrelated but equally as important note, where to get the best burgers in New York…

You're such a champion of emerging talent - why do you think it's critical for the industry?

Fashion is an industry that thrives on talent. New ideas, new faces, new techniques, new everything! But for as much as we celebrate new voices, it can sometimes be hard to find them. Fashion is possibly one of the hardest industries to break into, which is why it is so important to foster new talent and make sure the cream rises to the top! When Dorchester Collection came to me with the same motives, I was excited to work with them. They bring aspiring talent to the forefront of the fashion scene.

What do you think you need as a new designer to make it these days?

Original flare, a raw and eye catching talent which makes them stand out from the crowd and, above all, integrity and determination to succeed in a highly pressurised environment. And in these modern times a designer also needs to have a complete understanding of how this industry works. That means fabric research, production, sustainability, price points, retail. Fashion today is a global machine, it's not just making something pretty. That's what will allow someone with talent to become a success.

What pieces of advice would you pass on to someone trying to make it in the industry? And what's the best piece of advice you've ever been given?

I would tell them to do their research. Learn the entire process of design. Know how to sketch, how to sew, how to research a collection. Always look around for inspiration: In films, in art, in newspapers, in blogs, in your mum's closet. Know how people shop. Read the business section of the newspaper once in a while.

Finally, you’re a real fashion face in New York… what are your tips for navigating the city?

My favourite thing about New York City is that there's something to do for every mood. Feeling sporty? Go kayaking on the Hudson River. Feeling social? New York is full of some of the best bars and clubs in the entire world. Looking for something healthy to eat? Souen is a great vegan restaurant on Sixth Avenue, and I love the kale salad at Tiny's in Tribeca. Or looking for something unhealthy to eat? I love the milk shakes at Shake Shack in Battery Park City, and the cheeseburger at Lucky Strike on Grand Street is to die for. (It's smothered in cheddar and served on an English muffin.) There are sporting events and parks and bike paths and Barney's and Bergdorf's. And when you're tired of it all, do what I do: Go to the Battery Park cinema on your own.

Related

hero.jpg

Best fashion collaborations: winter 2013

isabel-marant-hero.jpg

The Isabel Marant collection for H&M is here

hero.jpg

The fashion A-list: A/W 2013

More

This week's Style List: 30 red pick-me-ups

As seen in this week's mag

by Stylist
17 Oct 2017

Say hello to the Zara boots taking over Instagram this autumn

These boots are made for walking (all over your social media feed)

by Kayleigh Dray
17 Oct 2017

The best loungewear and PJs to get comfy in this winter

Hello sofa my old friend

by Amy Swales
13 Oct 2017

Daily outfit inspiration with our look at the best dressed A-listers

Casual dressing ideas from stylish celebrities

13 Oct 2017

This French accessory trend is back and we’re totally on board

The most effortless way to update your autumn/winter wardrobe

by Nicola Colyer
12 Oct 2017

Treasure trove of rare Versace pieces unveiled online

Immerse yourself in the fabulous world of the late, great designer

by Anna Brech
12 Oct 2017

ASOS is now offering same-day delivery, but there’s just one catch...

So long, last-minute outfit dilemmas

by Susan Devaney
12 Oct 2017

This week's Style List: 30 little pick-me-ups

As seen in this week's mag

by Stylist
11 Oct 2017

Katie Holmes joins Italy’s fashion elite in Verona

An inside look at an Italian ice spectacular

10 Oct 2017

The unusual Mango trousers dominating your Instagram feed

Fashion bloggers are obsessed with these autumnal slacks

by Kayleigh Dray
10 Oct 2017