After being immersed in the diversity of the Melbourne fashion scene, Avril Stepanov found the inspiration to move home and study the art. With her knowledge learned through studying, she embarked on a journey to start her own label, Stepanova Clothing. A desire to leave the world of fast fashion and ever changing trends has lead the company down the path of sustainable affordable fashion. With this collection focused on beautiful fabrics, dusky dark colours and delicate embellishments, there is an ambition to create a sense of indulgence and whimsicalness to any beautiful summer evening.
VFW: What has been your greatest achievement this year?
AS: My greatest achievement this year has been establishing more local ethical production for my brand so that it can grow organically and sustainability.
VFW: What personal touches do you incorporate in your designs?
AS: I always like to add an element of texture to my designs to make my pieces more unique and interesting.
VFW: Are you hoping to experiment with anything in the future?
AS: In the future I look forward to seeing how my designs evolve with print. I envision it adding more of a visual element that will compliment my existing use of textures.
Hakuyo Miya, a young Japanese fashion designer, studied in Paris at the Atelier Chardon Savard. His work is a perfect combination of beauty and fantasy! Follow him on Instagram.
VFW: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? And why?
MB: Paris, where I’m living now.
VFW: Is there any career that you wanted to pursue before you went into design?
MB: No, I studied commerce at a university in Japan, but I didn’t find anything to be interesting. So, I came to Paris to study design.
VFW: Where do you find your inspiration?
MB: I find inspirations on my trips. Whenever I walk in a city, I always get inspired by something.