Thursday, February 25, 2010
Project Runway’s Shirin Askari to debut collection at South Side on Lamar February 26
First collection of her own.
Richardson-based fashion designer Shirin Askari, who was on season 6 of Project Runway, will debut her very first Fall 2010 Fashion Show at South Side on Lamar on February 26.
According to the release:
While most of the cast from the sixth season of Project Runway chose NYC’s Fashion Week to host their debut presentation, Shirin decided to partner with The Fashionistas and house her first ever fashion show in downtown Dallas.
Askari, a Dallas native and recent graduate of the University of North Texas, auditioned for Project Runway after nixing plans to head to Europe due to knee complications. With just three days until the application deadline, Askari entered the competition. With a little luck and a lot of talent, she breezed through the interview process and was asked to join the show. After surviving the majority of the way through the sixth season (and famously having her first reality-show meltdown), Shirin was cut just three episodes away from the finale. She will now get her chance to showcase her signature designs (fresh twists on ladylike classics) very soon.
Askari is having a crazy week getting the show mounted, but took 10 minutes while driving home to Richardson one night to chat about her designs and the Project Runway experience.
Q. Did you watch the show before you were on it?
A. I watched it before when I was in fashion school at UNT. We'd get together and watch it, all us students, because they knew what our whole world was like. I haven't seen it as much this year; I'm so busy now it's been hard to keep up.
I’ve been working on the collection that’s going to show on Friday. It’s taken up a lot of my time. It’s my first collection, and I'm putting a lot into it. It's going to be a lot about me and who I am as a designer. It’s hard to show that on the show when you’re so pressed for time.
Q. What's the collection like?
A. I’m using a lot of silk organza. I'm doing a lot of sculptural pieces. I love architecture. People ask me where I get my inspiration from. It's my everyday environment. It represents me as a designer. Not "I went to Cancun and was inspired by the water."
I incorporated a lot of color which I'm not usually doing as a designer. Being on the show really helps you grow. Helps you see a different point of view. And it definitely helps you grow as a person.
I have lot of neutral tones which I always do, and I love black. The little black dress, I go crazy over. But this collection, I'm incorporating fuschia and sapphire and ruby, mixed in with textures and shapes.
I go to New York a lot; I get all my stuff made in New York, that’s where my production is. I'm getting the collection made there. I'd heard a lot about Dallas production and it hasn't been very good.
After I got back from the show, I moved to New York for 4 months, got my fabrics stores, my production, I felt like it was easier having it all in the same place. In New York, they know what they’re doing. You don’t have to explain it to them.
But I figure it's hard, because it is in New York, and it’s far and I have to travel. I am looking into places in Dallas where I could possibly do production. As of right now, my attitude is, "Why fix it if it's not broken?"
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She's working on getting the collection into stores by fall 2010. Meanwhile she sells her designs online at Shirin Askari.
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