What trend could you do without this year/season?
I could ALWAYS do without men’s cropped pants. Call me old fashioned, but I don’t think men should ever have to feel the need to compete with women on the “who has better legs” department . I prefer my men wearing full length trousers.
What trend do you love this year/season?
I love the animal print trend as long as its done in a tasteful manner. This would exclude animal print leotards with black patent heels. Somethings just need to remain on hollywood boulevard.
Most loved designer/brand?
I absolutely love Chloe & Stella McCartney. Their use of colors and silhouettes are divine. Here are two design houses that listen to women and are out to make women look & feel strong and elegant.
What is your most beloved fashion item (accessory, shoes, clothing)?
A cropped black leather jacket that I wear with absolutely everything.
Being a (insert country/origin) designer, do you feel American and (country/ origin) fashion tend to differ, and so how much? How you would you define your city's fashion?
Being a Persian-American designer I feel that currently there is a vast amount of difference between the fashion in Iran vs. the fashion in the United States. Under the current government, the Islamic Republic Regime of Iran women are stripped of their rights to fashion. They have to cover their heads with a scarf and be fully clothed from head to toe. The showing of skin is strictly prohibited. If women do not obey these strict laws they could be brutally punished and thrown in prison. What people don’t realize today is that prior to the overthrow of Mohammad-Reza Shah Pahlavi in 1979, the country and people were free to dress as they chose. Women would walk the streets of Tehran wearing the latest fashions from Europe and all around the world. Women had the right to wear their skirts as short or long as they pleased. Their hair & make-up worn to perfection and elegance and opulence oozed from women’s every angle. You would see women laying out on the beach with revealing bikini set ups or dancing in a cabaret with a skirt so short you couldn’t take your eyes off her legs for one second. Women’s sexuality and self confidence was a source of their power and Reza Shah supported women in their quest for strength and independence. Unfortunately, times have changed and not for the better. As a Persian-American I feel blessed and am grateful to have the right to wear what I want in the United States and hope that someday very soon the people of my beloved country of Iran will have the same freedoms as they did pre-Islamic revolution.
What is the most memorable/favorite moment in your fashion career/history?
The day I decided to take my life into my own hands and follow my dreams in hopes of becoming a successful world renowned designer. Coming from a persian background and culture it is common that children are influenced at a young age by their parents to achieve great wealth and happiness in their lives by following reputable careers such as Medicine, Law, Engineering, etc. It becomes a great source of achievement for parents to say”my daughter/ son is the head of the neurosurgeon department of so-&-so hospital. Though that career is definitely a stressful but rewarding career, we are not all created to live a picture-perfect lifestyle. After high-school I was pushed towards a lifestyle that better suited the needs of others in my family and not mine. After years of studying, getting my degree and racking up some hefty loans and living a life that felt empty and meaningless I decided that enough was enough and that I will do what I was put on this earth to do...make women feel strong, self confident and sexy through the power of fashion. The moral of the long drawn-out story is, “follow your heart and not your wallet...it will lead you to happiness through priceless adventures
EDITOR'S NOTE: Elizabeth Azadi will be one of SJFW's Fashion Writers at the Acadmy of Art New York Fashion Week S/S 2011
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Fashion Writer Elizabeth Azadi
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