When I met Laure Kczekotowska, a fashion couture designer at a party in Paris, we chatted for 30 minutes. Her long blonde hair and flawless skin made me question her when she said she has been designing for 15 years. After all, she must have started at the age of 5 since she didn’t look a day older 30. Although, apparently, she did start embroidery at that young age while helping her grandmother. Perhaps it was her secret youth fountain, or her amazing couture line that drew me to ask her if she would like to be interviewed. In essence, she is not only a designer but also an artist of many mediums who strives to create a whole universe of her brand. This, of course includes a glamorous “couture” to wear line, furniture and sculptures. I am sure I have intrigued you, so please read on.
Q: What made you want to go into fashion design?
A: Simply put, it came naturally to me. At first I studied architecture and it didn’t take long for me to fall in love with fashion. The creative process of couture is what felt very instinctive to me.
Q: What would you say is the biggest challenge of designing couture?
A: Time. Creating something so detailed takes a lot of dedication and consumes a lot of your time. You need to have self discipline and determination.
Q: What inspires you most?
A: People and places. I love to observe the way people live, feel, dream.. Cultures and different backgrounds also inspire my work since every place is unique and has so much to offer.
Q: What are you currently working on?
A: I am creating my next collection that will be presented at private events during Fashion Week in Paris, New York and Los Angeles next spring. I also have many art projects that I constantly developing.
Q: What would you say to an aspiring designer seeking advice?
A: I would say if you want glitz and glamour don’t do it. If you are doing it because you love it, you will succeed. Designers are there to be behind the curtain, not become stars. We are here to make other people feel like stars.
Q: If you wouldn’t be a designer, what would you have chosen for a career?
A: I probably would have continued my career as an architect or pursued medicine.
Q: Who is your client?
A: My clients could be anyone. I like for my designs to be applicable to every woman who feels fabulous, elegant, glamorous but also has a dark side, in a good way. She is strong, knows what she wants and goes for it. While wearing a fantastic dress, of course.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
A: I hope to build not just a brand but a way of life. What I am creating is a whole universe of fashion, art and interior design. If you love LK Paris you will be able to surround your life with it completely.
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