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Designer Spotlight | Shandra Lannie

Updated: Apr 25, 2019

Shandra's Mood Board for her collection called "Avella Marie."

Lets meet our next senior designer for our model spotlight, Shandra Lannie! Continue reading to discover what inspired her to create her beautiful collection!

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

It feels absolutely amazing! I have been working absolutely hard. And I’m so thankful to be a part of Runway 12. The long nights and hard  work has paid of and it’s great to see my collection finally come alive.

Can you explain your collection and mood board to us?

The ideal Avella Marie women is inspirational, she is a leader, a visionary and motivator. This collection will embody the power that women all over may not be aware of but will be able to show and express. women should be seen from a different point of view we are not considered beautiful women just because you have curves and assets, but because of how strong we are and how we carry ourselves. I have done my research through WGSN.com, and studied the Designing Emotions vision, colors and fashion trends for the Spring and Summer of 2020. Through my studies I have found that many of the trends for the spring/summer are very bold /statement pieces. I realized hoe so many Women are sometimes criticized because we are more emotional beings, while doin research I found that having a high EQ (emotional quotient) is what will help us grow farther in life and career wise. “The World Economic Forum has listed emotional intelligence as a key job skill that employees will need to thrive in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Employees with high EQs are typically better performers, and people with a high degree of emotional intelligence make more money: a win-win for all”. Women are destined for greatness!This collection will be able to show that and the power and change both good and bad that is happening in this world today.

What does REawakening mean to you?

Reawakening to me means seeing something in a different light. Knowing and being aware of something that you once were not aware of and taking action to make a change and making sure others are aware.

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

My collection is about advocating for women identity; women empowerment. I was inspired by powerful women in my life and in this world. This collection is for, but not limited to, women between the ages of 37-50. Women should and will be seen in a different and more positive way. Women are powerful beings and I will show that through my collection.

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?

My garments were created from flat pattern drafting and draping. And while creating each garment, I made sure that the pieces were aesthetically pleasing and professionally done.

Below is a sneak peak of one of Shandra's designs!