Designer Spotlight | Saphire White
Q&A with Sapfire White
What is your collection about?
My collection is about me. I say my collection is about me because I relate to the story Im telling through my designs. Sometimes I feel like I show too much strength and it gets taken differently than what I want it to be portrayed as and sometimes when I am too soft people tend to take advantage of this. Mixing those ideas together though my collection is to show women we can show all sides of ourselves. We shouldn't have to hide one emotion because people don’t accept us as we are. I am a strong-minded soft hearted women and I won't be anything other than that. Call it aggressive, call it soft its me I am SHe. My collection uses recycled textiles which I want to address the issue of denim not being recycled the right way and that something old is never really something old you can turn it into something new.
Did you have to change your designs?
Some things did change but not due to the virus more so due to time and not having enough time to do the things I wanted to do. What obstacles did you have to overcome ? Not having as much space to work has definitely took a toll on me. Sometimes I get so annoyed and I have to take a step back or when my sewing machine starts acting weird I have to just start doing something else to clam myself down but it’s all worth it for the final product.
What inspired your collection for Runway 2020?
My collection was inspired by both vocabulary and many fashion icons. These words include Denim, Women, and Urban.These are accompanied by big names such as Aaliyah jay, Beyonce, Rihanna, and even myself. My collection was created to help women embrace being a strong and powerful woman, but also being able to show emotions of a soft, graceful, and feminine woman without being looked at as less than. What are some of your favorite designers, photographs , stylist etc? Brandon Kee, who was apart of the 2017 season of project runway, would definitely have to be one of my favorite designers. His style is very streetwear and I love how he designs for women, it just really speaks volumes to me. I also like Aaliyah jay she isn't a stylist, but she is a social media influencer and her style reminds me a lot of my own. Just like mine it changes frequently and adapts to different environments, but it is always fashionable. She can make a paper bag look amazing! I also love Rihanna who is literally a fashion icon right now. When she dropped Fenty the luxury brand definitely shook the internet. Vogue & essence also are two of my favorite magazines. How do you think the industry could improve? I think the industry is most becoming more inclusive which it needed because everybody isn't a size 0 and has light skin. Now that the industry has started making that change we should now focus on be the usage of textiles and recycling them to help the world as a whole. If major brands start talking and bringing awareness to the chemicals and landfills being created by textiles they’ll help the change and get other brands to follow. Where do you see yourself in the industry? My career path is to become a fashion powerhouse and I to have my very own brand. Providing pieces for everybody around the world. To get to that point I do want to work for other brands to gain more knowledge. Even if I go into creating my brand and business first that's good also. I definitely want to be my own boss, showing all the people who look up to me that they can make their dreams come true from watching me a little brown girl from crazy Buffalo being her own boss and having a huge successful business. How have you been able to keep being creative during Covid-19 ? During COVID 19 it has given me time to really sit and think about what I want to do in my future and I realized that I have no time to waste. I need to start my career now. I've been working on making my own website, illustrating new designs for a new collection, and also I've been creating mask that share the same fabrics as my senior collection so that everyone can have a piece of my collection. How do think Covid-19 will effect future fashion? It will make all designers be pro mask makers lol. With the demand of mask so high I think it will increase how quickly designers design. Working under pressure will no longer be stressful. Also I think people will never forget this time and start to take different measurements in their businesses in case this ever happens so that their business and brands won’t be hit as hard as right now because they’ll be prepared. What obstacles did you have to overcome ? Not having as much space to work has definitely took a toll on me. Sometimes I get so annoyed and I have to take a step back or when my sewing machine starts acting weird I have to just start doing something else to clam myself down but it’s all worth it for the final product.