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Designer Spotlight | Aretha Michel

Aretha's Mood Board.

It has come time to meet our LAST Senior Designer for this year's show, Aretha Michel! Continue reading to learn about her collection and what inspired her to create it!

Congratulations on making Runway! How does it feel to know that all of your hard work is finally paying off?

It feels amazing knowing my hard work is paying off . It's like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders.

Can you explain your collection and mood board to us?

“So that when I look up at the night sky, and I know that yes we are part of this universe, we are in this universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts is that the universe is in us. When I reflect on that fact, I look up-many people feel small, cause they’re small and the universe is big. But I feel big because my atoms came from those stars"-Neil deGrasse Tyson. This powerful quote is the sum of everything that I will be expressing in my collection in the form of clothing . Spiritual development is practiced worldwide with a common purpose and end goal; a soul awakening. The entire universe is made of energy and the body is no exception. Chakras are the 7 energy centers within the body, each of which have a unique vibrational frequency. Starting from the base of the spine to the crown of the head, each chakra is represented by a specific symbol and color of the rainbow. Understanding and balancing the chakras is a vital tool in the practice of spiritual awakening . When the chakras are balanced the body and the soul becomes in tune, vibrating on a higher frequency. Through the use of colors, symbols and the stones in bead form, from the chakras that signify the soul awakening and transcend positive energy I will be able to depict inner peace, love, health, and wellness to not only individuals wearing my garments but the people they come in contact with. The premise of my collection is to activate this soul awakening or simply put; the reawakening of modern day society. We are all connected, we are all one, surviving off the plants, living on the land, supporting and benefiting from all the that the earth provides. Therefore, we need to be conscious of the way we use our natural resources because the we affect the earth is the way we affect ourselves. By using only natural fibers, my collection not only takes care of our environment but our bodies, both internally and externally.

What does REawakening mean to you?

Reawakening is like a rebirth or a new beginning. When i first heard it, I thought about the renaissance period when everyone changed their way of thinking; began to think outside the box and created more.

What can you tell us about your collection this year and how have you incorporated our theme?

My theme ties into runway because it is about a soul awakening. Even though we are already awake there are still parts of us that are essentially sleep or otherwise not in use and when we begin to explore every part of us we reawaken our true self.

I'm sure everyone would like a little behind the scenes on the creative process of creating your garments! Is there anything you can tell us?

In the process of creating my garments I learned so much about myself and how I like to create things . I realized how much time I need to set aside for myself as a designer. I also sewed my finger in the machine and sliced my hand washing dishes so the process got a little hard but I made it work and I am extremely happy with the results.

Below are some sneak peeks of Aretha's collection and some of her inspiration photos!