On a charming day like today, the legendary fashion designer, Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel, was born in Saumur, France; little did the world know that that day would mark the beginning of one of the worlds most renowned fashion labels. Any individual with the least amount of fashion knowledge immediately recognizes the brand name and its sophisticated chic style. On this day we not only celebrate her birthday, but we also celebrate her successful career.
Chanel began her fashion career at an early age when she was placed in an orphanage by her father after the passing of her mother’s death. Although this was a tragic and unhappy time in her life, she was raised by nuns who taught her how to sew, which eventually led to the success in her career. Famous for little black dresses, quilted bags, trademark suits, and rich fragrances, Chanel often expressed herself with the words of wisdom: “Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”
With his recent rise as VP of Design for a top fashion line, Albino Riganello took some time out of his busy schedule to share with me a little about himself, his jewelry collection 1974, and his current views on fashion.
When did you discover your passion for fashion? I was six years old and liked to sketch clothes. I realized that’s what I wanted to do as a career. I didn’t draw landscapes like most children, I found myself drawing clothes.
Who was your earliest mentor and what would you say was the best advice he or she gave you? Domenico Dolce was my first mentor. His best advice to me was “I pay you to dream. When you stop dreaming, you’re fired!”
Every year it seems that Earth Day gains even more importance. Caring about the environment has come a long way from the hippie, flower-child culture of the 70s to a growing way of life. In the last few years we've all started to look past the gas guzzling SUVs, toxic dumps, and pollution, and see the big picture--that we need to sustain our environment if we want to still be here in coming years--and that's the way it should be, according to Hassan Pierre, creative director of the stylish but sustainable clothing line, Way It Should Be (WISB*). We'll admit that buying a hybrid car isn't as easy as it sounds, and that your control over oil spills is minimal, but there's one excuse that can't be made--the synthetic clothes on your back. Your wardrobe is one of the only (and not to mention, easy) ways that you can make a direct impact on the environment. It's as simple as checking the tag before you make a purchase, and designers like Hassan Pierre are making it even easier for you, offering up beautiful garments that are 100 percent organic from start to finish.