She is particular about high quality materials, accomplished workmanship and so it is no surprise to anyone that she is reaping the rewards of success the world over with the most discerning of clientele.
I of course owe that most to my husband, my team and the possibility of working for the richest and at the same time most discerning of clientele.
The KUBIS and Universe collection which I built on in Elements.
Life on our planet would not exist without the basic natural elements – water, earth air and fire. This is why I am returning to my roots in the “Elements” collection in these unsettled times …
In my 35 years of design, the attributes of elements always intermingled not only in clothing and works made of glass, but also in experimental industrial design. In this collection, I would like to combine my experience to date and show the development of the creative process. This is enriched by the latest technology, not only in materials, but above all in the approach and use of original innovative features with a 3D effect with features taken from optical illusions.
TVAR – shape.
Detail certainly divulges and says a lot, but the overall shape and perfection of workmanship is the most important thing.
I like working with the latest innovative materials best, materials which represent a great challenge. They needn’t be expensive – it is about the product being enhanced from a design point of view with added value. Being able to quickly reflect the demands of the world.
It can be done in four months. I worked on this collection for longer. It was created on the fly, when we had to handle a lot of orders.
They must take a professional approach to their work. They must have an eye for flawlessly executed work, they must be flexible, react quickly and come up with new ideas.
I know after 5 minutes whether that person is able to meet my demands. Although sometimes people can surprise you – they must be given a chance.
A lot of people have left – the strong ones remain.
It is an insensitive approach. How my customers who order and buy expensive items get this idea. One VIP client of mine has already indicated that if I were to rent dresses, she would stop buying clothes from me.
The fact that they are constantly in demand – I have been designing clothes for three generations of clients already.
It gives me an amazing amount of energy to be able to take a break from work with clothing. And also the opportunity to work with men. ☺
I have always approached design using 3D models and still do. Be this dresses, jewellery, enamel statues (Smalt Art – Vitkovice), glass objects or IGS – workshop.
I have always been surprised by interesting challenges, be these invitations to workshops or private orders for statues, pictures, glass objects or jewellery. The most negative moment was when my husband and I found ourselves held as political prisoners in Saudi Arabia via the fashion business – I talk about that in my books.
I have lived in the amazing Lebanon for 35 years. This is a very specific country. I would not be interested in living in any other Arabic countries.
I suppose it would be hard for anyone to imagine that I have spent the past 35 years including Saturdays living and working in workshops. I don’t go on holiday apart from when I travel to meet people or learn new things or for work. So I don’t know how to answer that question as I don’t live in the lap of luxury. ☺
Without dreams, there are no goals. A perfume for example or if someone were to film my life story. But I would probably have to conquer the world of show business a little more for that to happen.