Get to know VFW Designers – Srishti Kaur & Nahal Shad Designs

VFW gets personal with designers whose collections will be featured in the upcoming SS2018 fashion show.  This season, VFW has fashion designers bringing in their unique creations and arriving from all over the globe.

Srishti Kaur Designs

Offering customizable bridal gowns and evening wear, tailored to fit a woman’s body and express their individuality.  Dedicated to provide high quality pieces while exuding elegance and femininity.

Q:What personal touches do you incorporate in your designs?

A:Hand appliques! This only works with certain fabrics but I basically cut out motifs and rearrange/redesign them onto the garment and attach them individually by hand using a needle and thread. It transforms the bought fabric completely and I feel I can control the end design result better – making the outcome exclusive. It requires a deep amount of patience, concentration and visualization – but definitely worth it every time. I have applied this technique is various gowns that I will present in September.

Srishti Kaur Designs

Srishti Kaur Designs

Q:What is something that you need everyday? (Example: Coffee, nap etc.)

A:Coffee! Coffee and meditation

Srishti Kaur Designs

Srishti Kaur Designs

Q:What led you to become a designer?

A:Started with the fascination of sewing and developed by the thrill of creating garments and achieving techniques I have only once imagined.

Nahal Shad Designs

Originally from Iran, Nahal Shad resides in Toronto, where she launched her label Nahal Shad Designs.  Her aim is to incorporate modernistic aspects of high couture fashion into a style that can be worn not just on the runway.  Vancouver Fashion Week is her first national debut, where she will showcase her first bridal collection and get recognition for her talent.

Nahal Shad Designs

Nahal Shad Designs

Q:What led you to a career in fashion?

A:A career in fashion was always the last thing on my mind. For as long as I can remember I have used fashion illustration as my main means of self-expression. My sketches were basically my diary growing up and what was cool about them was the fact that no one but myself could decipher my feelings after the fact because most people would just see a drawing. Whereas when I look back, even at sketches from a decade ago, I can feel exactly what I had been feeling in the moment that I sketched it and know what I was going through. However, never did I think that this would lead me to a fashion career, it was always more of a passion project. Although I would get great compliments for my illustrations and concepts, I never thought I was actually good enough to make it in this incredible industry. I could never imagine myself as one of my heroes, like Karl, Coco, Yves, or Cristóbal. These designers were revolutionary, their fashion had changed the world. Instead I decided to take the more safe route and try to find a more mainstream career choice, one that would provide me with stability and long-term commitment. However, as I began University in hopes of becoming a doctor, or a lawyer, or even a literary, it started to dawn on me that none of these careers were for me. I remember sitting in lectures and sketching pictures of a modern Aristotle, all decked out in Tom Ford suits, or following Dante through his divine comedy and thinking what would he have looked like and what would be the correct attire for walking through the different circles of hell? Little by little it became harder for me to focus on any career other than fashion and I finally decided to give into the gnawing feeling that kept pulling me towards the world of modern couture.

Q:What style is timeless in your eyes?
AIn my opinion the most timeless piece in every closet, mens and women, is a great tailored jacket. It has this ability to tie together any look, give it personality and make it iconic. A great jacket unites feminine flare with a masculine structure and personal accent.

Nahal Shad Designs

Nahal Shad Designs

Q:What skills have you found are essential in becoming successful?

A:I think that the most important skill that is essential to being successful is the ability to know that you are never done learning. There are so many people that I have come across in my life who think that they know all that there is to know about everything. I believe that if you are not learning something new every single day, you are jeopardizing your ability to progress in both your personal and professional life. My life philosophy is to stay humble, break boundaries and learn something new every single day.