Saturday, July 21, 2012

"COLOURS OF EDEN" - NICOLE NGUYEN INTRODUCES HER VISION OF NATURE THROUGH A STUNNING COLLECTION OF SILK TOPS & DRESSES!


The Green Pebbles Girls were delighted recently to discover a formidable collection Colour of Eden by the multi-talented Nicole Nguyen founder of desig-N-guyen (dNg).  The collection is made up of beautiful dresses inspired by kaftans, incredible light summer dresses which transform the wearer into a piece of walking art.

The dresses are chic, comfortable and soft, and since they come in limited editions you can be pretty sure to have your own distinctive look!  Absolutely fantastic to add a bit of glamour to your holiday, they are also a fabulous gift to receive! 

An architect and interior designer by training most of Nicole Nguyen's work has to date involved alterations to houses and flats for private clients, refurbishments for café / bistro shops, remodeling and extending of existing structures. This often includes the design of furniture and interior fittings. She offers a fully bespoke design&build service and tailor her architectural work to suit the particular needs and expectations of her clients.

The collection came as a result of Nicole's reflection of her work life when she noticed that she was  missing colours and pattern in my deliveries as it is difficult to incorporate in permanent client's home.

Her initial idea was to design fabric which could possibly be used for upholstery or cushions, curtains, lamp shades etc, but thankfully for us she decided to come up with a resort collection using her own designed prints.


We caught up with Nicole in London to find out more about the collection and about her plans for her future.





You are of Vietnamese origin, grew up in Austria and have been living in London for 10 years.  How do you feel these rather different cultures have influenced your work?

I come from very different places. Cultural influences give me the insatiable urge to travel to visit the farthest parts of the world and soak up creative energy from different cultures. Living in various countries has taught me a lot about the power that fashion has to differentiate and communicate a sense of individuality and community. 
The selection of the nature-inspired motives shows different climates and seasons I have been living in.

 

You are an architect having graduated from the technical university in Austria, an accomplished interior and furniture designer, what inspired you to delve into the world of fashion?  Did you not have enough on your plate already?

I consider myself an “artisan”, a multi playground player. Even though the scales of their works might differ strongly, there are many similarities in the two disciplines including working with volumes, construction techniques, the people-aspect, materials and craftsmanship. 
 If you have fun doing what you do, if you enjoy creating things, you can love being creative in more than one domain.



What is the inspiration behind the collection Colour of Eden?

“Once is an instance. Twice may be an accident. But three times or more makes a pattern.” This inspiring quote by Diane Arbus was my starting point to design prints inspired to the wonderful and complex patterns in nature. I definitely think my bold sense of colour comes from being influenced by my mixed culture. Nature has always been a crucial influence in my design work. 

 


Most of the designs in your collection are limited edition and in some cases bespoke, is exclusivity an important factor when creating your designs?
All outfits are exclusively handmade and printed to finest silk fabrics. All items are available in a limited edition but in affordable pricing, expressing luxurious accessibility, individuality, authenticity and above all the truthfulness that is nature.


Can you tell us about the designs themselves, the types of dresses etc?
 The premier collection, versatile Garments, is inspired by kaftans. Originating from eastern exoticism but now part of western glamour the kaftan is the perfect garment to symbolize dNg’s personal journey and brand values by uniting myth with femininity, tradition with contemporary aesthetics and luxurious celebration with simple comfort.

Where is your collection produced?

Silk was discovered in ancient China, signifying Eastern provenance and history. I have been enamored with the exquisite and delicate Chinese silks for a long time, but loving the end product is one thing and understanding how it is made is another thing. Sericulture in China has a long and exciting history. China deals in a wide variety of pure silk fabric and silk materials.  
Strict quality standard management is enforced at all levels. I was keen to get my fabric produce there and the final garment assembled in the U.K. 



All the designs are digitally printed, could you explain how this works - what is involved?

Natural patterns are captured in photographs, photographs that will never been printed as such. Instead they are treated as a digital palette out of which pattern compositions are created. The digital pays homage to the natural. Acknowledging the sophistication andoriginality of the primary creational force, technology intervenes but only to retain harmony and symmetry, elevate naturalness and beauty through collage, extreme close up or zoom out, and adjust the visual result into specific forms. These digitalized natural patterns are finally passed on nature’s most elegant material, finest Chinese silk. Using the most precise and environmental friendly printing methods, these natural patterns become female clothing items of magnificent detail, perfect quality and spectacular visual effect. Clothing that exhibits a unique co-creational synergy between natural and technology and is an ambassador for the need of a harmonious relationship between the two as the only viable solution for a better future.  



What are your major markets to date?  What feedback have you received?

The collection explores kaftan’s versatility, by transforming the garment into various manifestations of luxury wear. Creating unique compositions out of colour, design and garment, dNg renovates around the usage of kaftan bringing a breeze of joyful excitement wherever the occasion calls for it. 
 They have been created to honour and praise the holiday spirit of excitement, relaxation and rejuvenation. They can be worn to work or even the most sophisticated red carpet event. Today's consumers are more marketing-savvy than ever before and don'tlike to be "lumped" with others – I am focused on every detail of production quality, that must impress: you may or may not like the design, but the high quality must be self-evident. The feedback so far has pointed out that the designs look elegant and sophisticated yet at the same time sexy. 



How would you describe your typical client?  Who is the woman who buys dNg?

A playful woman with a strong, feminine individuality, who knows what she wants, appreciates quality. She will easily spot which colours and print motives express her most fully.

What is your favorite design and why?

I like the variety of the design prints as it gives you an idea of what Mother Nature is. Some days you feel related more to flowers, on other days to animals. 

How would you describe the dNg brand?  Which design do you believe represents it best and why?

People should not conform. I think you should be true to yourself and your identity. It’s important not to merely follow trends, but to stick to your instinct and create your own style, your own taste and understanding of quality. The first collection is a small reflection of what nature offers, we all have our likes and dislike. The pick of one’s favorite piece is not dictated by my taste because it is by one’s passion. 



How would you describe Nicole Nguyen?  Which design do you believe represents you best and why?

A colourful metamorphose, not shy and blessed to see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing.  A good design only emphasizes the presenter, a signature print like a scent which can enhance your presence. 

You have said that after a trip to Ibiza where you had a chance to reflect on your life’s work that you felt that colour and patterns were missing from your deliveries…. Do you believe you’ve filled that ‘gap’ now?   
I found a way to fulfill that missing part but as it is with creativity it is a never ending journey, it drives and inspires you to want to do more.



Which designer today or from the past do you relate to most and why?

Nature is the best artist and a best source for our inspiration. Who can be a better artist than Nature? Nature has designed everything with a great composition and everything reflects a message for us. If one just opens their eyes they will find beauty all around them – no one ever really needs to complain. Life is about ‘shifting’, physically and mentally which allows us to see and experience all the great ‘free’ stuff this world so graciously provides. I am inspired by nature. Creating art from nature returns us to our natural roots, bringing the artistic process back to basics.

What can we expect from you with your next collection?

In my new designs you will see natural processes, consisting of everyday patterns and shapes that are often taken for granted, but that can be used effectively in visual messaging. The collection will guide you through moments that explore relationships through nature, art, science, technology, and design. It will be a continuous journey that dives into the World of Eden inspired by flora and fauna. 


Will you be applying your patterns and colours to other products?

That is an idea as design & print has no restrictions as long we appreciate pattern and colours. Being a tool, dresses are used as a language to transform and apply the design skills. These art prints are designed and printed adapting individually to each dress, but the pattern can also be repositioned and printed in yardage, to be used as a textile material for other design ideas in fashion or interior design.


What do you hope to achieve in the next 5 years?
Expanding my signature prints further into lifestyle markets. I can keep making dreams come true. Design is about creating and exploring dreams, that is my role and as long as I can keep producing, I will carry on working with amazing people and do beautiful things for them. 


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"COLOURS OF EDEN" - NICOLE NGUYEN INTRODUCES HER VISION OF NATURE THROUGH A STUNNING COLLECTION OF SILK TOPS & DRESSES!


The Green Pebbles Girls were delighted recently to discover a formidable collection Colour of Eden by the multi-talented Nicole Nguyen founder of desig-N-guyen (dNg).  The collection is made up of beautiful dresses inspired by kaftans, incredible light summer dresses which transform the wearer into a piece of walking art.

The dresses are chic, comfortable and soft, and since they come in limited editions you can be pretty sure to have your own distinctive look!  Absolutely fantastic to add a bit of glamour to your holiday, they are also a fabulous gift to receive! 

An architect and interior designer by training most of Nicole Nguyen's work has to date involved alterations to houses and flats for private clients, refurbishments for café / bistro shops, remodeling and extending of existing structures. This often includes the design of furniture and interior fittings. She offers a fully bespoke design&build service and tailor her architectural work to suit the particular needs and expectations of her clients.

The collection came as a result of Nicole's reflection of her work life when she noticed that she was  missing colours and pattern in my deliveries as it is difficult to incorporate in permanent client's home.

Her initial idea was to design fabric which could possibly be used for upholstery or cushions, curtains, lamp shades etc, but thankfully for us she decided to come up with a resort collection using her own designed prints.


We caught up with Nicole in London to find out more about the collection and about her plans for her future.





You are of Vietnamese origin, grew up in Austria and have been living in London for 10 years.  How do you feel these rather different cultures have influenced your work?

I come from very different places. Cultural influences give me the insatiable urge to travel to visit the farthest parts of the world and soak up creative energy from different cultures. Living in various countries has taught me a lot about the power that fashion has to differentiate and communicate a sense of individuality and community. 
The selection of the nature-inspired motives shows different climates and seasons I have been living in.

 

You are an architect having graduated from the technical university in Austria, an accomplished interior and furniture designer, what inspired you to delve into the world of fashion?  Did you not have enough on your plate already?

I consider myself an “artisan”, a multi playground player. Even though the scales of their works might differ strongly, there are many similarities in the two disciplines including working with volumes, construction techniques, the people-aspect, materials and craftsmanship. 
 If you have fun doing what you do, if you enjoy creating things, you can love being creative in more than one domain.



What is the inspiration behind the collection Colour of Eden?

“Once is an instance. Twice may be an accident. But three times or more makes a pattern.” This inspiring quote by Diane Arbus was my starting point to design prints inspired to the wonderful and complex patterns in nature. I definitely think my bold sense of colour comes from being influenced by my mixed culture. Nature has always been a crucial influence in my design work. 

 


Most of the designs in your collection are limited edition and in some cases bespoke, is exclusivity an important factor when creating your designs?
All outfits are exclusively handmade and printed to finest silk fabrics. All items are available in a limited edition but in affordable pricing, expressing luxurious accessibility, individuality, authenticity and above all the truthfulness that is nature.


Can you tell us about the designs themselves, the types of dresses etc?
 The premier collection, versatile Garments, is inspired by kaftans. Originating from eastern exoticism but now part of western glamour the kaftan is the perfect garment to symbolize dNg’s personal journey and brand values by uniting myth with femininity, tradition with contemporary aesthetics and luxurious celebration with simple comfort.

Where is your collection produced?

Silk was discovered in ancient China, signifying Eastern provenance and history. I have been enamored with the exquisite and delicate Chinese silks for a long time, but loving the end product is one thing and understanding how it is made is another thing. Sericulture in China has a long and exciting history. China deals in a wide variety of pure silk fabric and silk materials.  
Strict quality standard management is enforced at all levels. I was keen to get my fabric produce there and the final garment assembled in the U.K. 



All the designs are digitally printed, could you explain how this works - what is involved?

Natural patterns are captured in photographs, photographs that will never been printed as such. Instead they are treated as a digital palette out of which pattern compositions are created. The digital pays homage to the natural. Acknowledging the sophistication andoriginality of the primary creational force, technology intervenes but only to retain harmony and symmetry, elevate naturalness and beauty through collage, extreme close up or zoom out, and adjust the visual result into specific forms. These digitalized natural patterns are finally passed on nature’s most elegant material, finest Chinese silk. Using the most precise and environmental friendly printing methods, these natural patterns become female clothing items of magnificent detail, perfect quality and spectacular visual effect. Clothing that exhibits a unique co-creational synergy between natural and technology and is an ambassador for the need of a harmonious relationship between the two as the only viable solution for a better future.  



What are your major markets to date?  What feedback have you received?

The collection explores kaftan’s versatility, by transforming the garment into various manifestations of luxury wear. Creating unique compositions out of colour, design and garment, dNg renovates around the usage of kaftan bringing a breeze of joyful excitement wherever the occasion calls for it. 
 They have been created to honour and praise the holiday spirit of excitement, relaxation and rejuvenation. They can be worn to work or even the most sophisticated red carpet event. Today's consumers are more marketing-savvy than ever before and don'tlike to be "lumped" with others – I am focused on every detail of production quality, that must impress: you may or may not like the design, but the high quality must be self-evident. The feedback so far has pointed out that the designs look elegant and sophisticated yet at the same time sexy. 



How would you describe your typical client?  Who is the woman who buys dNg?

A playful woman with a strong, feminine individuality, who knows what she wants, appreciates quality. She will easily spot which colours and print motives express her most fully.

What is your favorite design and why?

I like the variety of the design prints as it gives you an idea of what Mother Nature is. Some days you feel related more to flowers, on other days to animals. 

How would you describe the dNg brand?  Which design do you believe represents it best and why?

People should not conform. I think you should be true to yourself and your identity. It’s important not to merely follow trends, but to stick to your instinct and create your own style, your own taste and understanding of quality. The first collection is a small reflection of what nature offers, we all have our likes and dislike. The pick of one’s favorite piece is not dictated by my taste because it is by one’s passion. 



How would you describe Nicole Nguyen?  Which design do you believe represents you best and why?

A colourful metamorphose, not shy and blessed to see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing.  A good design only emphasizes the presenter, a signature print like a scent which can enhance your presence. 

You have said that after a trip to Ibiza where you had a chance to reflect on your life’s work that you felt that colour and patterns were missing from your deliveries…. Do you believe you’ve filled that ‘gap’ now?   
I found a way to fulfill that missing part but as it is with creativity it is a never ending journey, it drives and inspires you to want to do more.



Which designer today or from the past do you relate to most and why?

Nature is the best artist and a best source for our inspiration. Who can be a better artist than Nature? Nature has designed everything with a great composition and everything reflects a message for us. If one just opens their eyes they will find beauty all around them – no one ever really needs to complain. Life is about ‘shifting’, physically and mentally which allows us to see and experience all the great ‘free’ stuff this world so graciously provides. I am inspired by nature. Creating art from nature returns us to our natural roots, bringing the artistic process back to basics.

What can we expect from you with your next collection?

In my new designs you will see natural processes, consisting of everyday patterns and shapes that are often taken for granted, but that can be used effectively in visual messaging. The collection will guide you through moments that explore relationships through nature, art, science, technology, and design. It will be a continuous journey that dives into the World of Eden inspired by flora and fauna. 


Will you be applying your patterns and colours to other products?

That is an idea as design & print has no restrictions as long we appreciate pattern and colours. Being a tool, dresses are used as a language to transform and apply the design skills. These art prints are designed and printed adapting individually to each dress, but the pattern can also be repositioned and printed in yardage, to be used as a textile material for other design ideas in fashion or interior design.


What do you hope to achieve in the next 5 years?
Expanding my signature prints further into lifestyle markets. I can keep making dreams come true. Design is about creating and exploring dreams, that is my role and as long as I can keep producing, I will carry on working with amazing people and do beautiful things for them. 


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