I’m Emily Meel, 23 years old and living in Antwerp, Belgium. Right now I’m still in fashion school, but I’ll be graduating in June. When I’m not designing, I work at a DIY store and a small lunch bar. In the evening you will probably find me in Gymnastics-club, teaching the little ones some new tricks or following my own training. If I get some free time, I love to hang out or get drinks with my friends. Doing all these things make me a busy girl, but I love this lifestyle.
In fact, this busy lifestyle is where I get the inspiration for my designs, all the things I’ve been through and everything that crosses my path. They often come from a feeling I have, a link to my life. I find it hard to express myself in words so I put those feelings into my designs.
My new collection was inspired by something that happened to me when I was just a child. Suddenly my eyes started to hurt, a lot. It was so painful I went to the doctor and it turned out I had some infection. But the worst part was that for a few days, I couldn’t see anything, I was completely blind.
It was very scary but now I can look back and be inspired. By the doctor’s tools for instance. I also found some painters who became blind like John Bramblitt and Edgar Degas. Bramblitt uses very bright colours and I read a book about Degas and it turned out that he was only able to see a few colours in the end. Those colours were absolutely HOT in the 80’s so I tried to use some influences from that time as well. All these elements combined is what made my new collection.
I hope you get an as nice feeling from seeing my collection as I get!