Calgary Herald, Friday, May 21, 2010
Lara Presber of the Lara Presber Flagship Store at Fashion Central discusses architecture, fashion and how to look great this summer.
How did you make the jump from architect to fashion designer? I was always interested in fashion and even designed my first “collection”–I use the term loosely as it was for dolls– when I was in elementary school. When you’re in a creative profession it takes a lot of passion to be successful. You really have to love what you do, so while I like architecture, the love factor tor wasn’t there for me in the same way that it is in clothing design.
Besides architecture, what inspires your designs? I’m really enjoying having my studio open to the public because I get to meet the women who wear my clothes and learn more about what makes them feel great in a garment. Knowing that I can provide a product that helps to make someone feel fantastic drives my designs.
You use a lot of eco-friendly fabrics. Why is this important for you? I tend to use almost exclusively natural fibres–wool, silk, cotton, linen, bamboo–as they allow skin to breathe so much better than synthetics. The eco-fabrics are a natural progression of this philosophy.
What can we expect from your upcoming lines? Looking toward fall, I stayed with a lot of charcoal basics that you can layer fun accessories over like a bright blue tweed vest or a silver sequin one as well as an origami leather wrap belt to give you a number of different looks with the same basic tailored dress.
What’s this year’s perfect summer look for women? This summer is all about the neutrals like white, grey, brown and nude. It’s a great opportunity to use your clothing as a canvas and pull out your raspberry handbag, chunky yellow necklace or that fabulous pair of crazy blue shoes you bought on a whim and have been saving because they don’t go with anything else!