Most people know that Sacramento is the capital of California and that they have famous Arnold Schwarzenegger as their governor. But did you know that this city is in the works of rising in fashion? There are hundreds of local designers wanting to get their big break. Mika Pascual is in line with all of these talented artists, but has definitely been making her way to the top. With ten years of solid experience in fashion, you don’t even have to assume that she knows what she’s doing.
Her creative designs combined with femininity, attract a large crowd of people demanding more from her. In her designs, Mika has been focusing on shapes and color while still maintaining the natural curves of the woman. She has been in Sacramento Fashion Week since 2006, as well as many other local fashion shows. In more recent success, she won Sacramento’s Fashion Feud, which was put on by Scion all over the US. People like her designs because they are wearable, fashionable and comfortable.
Her creativity is always catching people’s attention. It’s not easy to get started in the fashion world, especially as a designer. We wanted to know what her inspiration is and how she has been able to keep up her amazing designs every year.
SJFW - When did you know you wanted to be in the fashion industry?
Mika - I've known that fashion is my calling since the tender age of six.
SJFW - How long have you been in the industry?
Mika - I've been in the fashion industry for five years, however I have been sewing and selling garments for ten.
SJFW - What is your role in the industry?
Mika - My primary role in the industry is fashion stylist; however, every shoot I work on is styled with garments from my collections. I'd like to exist as primarily a designer; however, styling for photographers pays the bills.
SJFW - What does fashion mean to you?
Mika - Fashion is my reason for existing. Fashion is the most visible art form viewed by society. Fashion is art you live in.
SJFW - What is your inspiration?
Mika - Music is my primary source of inspiration. When I listen to an inspiring song, I close my eyes and can see sound render into shape, form, and color. Without music I am nothing.
SJFW - Is there a theme or message in your clothing?
Mika - Clients have told me the constant theme is empowerment through sensuality. I don't penalize women for wanting to feel sexy, prim, and yet powerful. I in fact encourage freedom of the female spirit. No limitations. No labels.
SJFW - What makes your clothing unique?
Mika - My dedication to fit and use of color make my designs unique and desirable. I promote the hourglass silhouette for every woman of every size.
SJFW - Your target demographic?
Mika - Originally my target was for women from 25-35, however after research and experience, I realized my garments speak to women 30-45. Women with more disposable income and realize there is life after thirty, without a man, or is on top of the corporate food chain.
SJFW - What materials, colors, patterns, etc. do you generally work with?
Mika - I work with what ever speaks to me as far as fabric. Color, I generally like using true and vibrant colors. Contrasting combinations are my favorite
SJFW - What is your favorite piece that you have ever created?
Mika - A white pantsuit with tails made in a Jacquard fabric.
SJFW - A quote that defines you in the fashion business, or personally.
Mika - " I am what I am and that's all that I am. " Popeye
SJFW - What is your favorite fashion season?
Mika - I love fall. Fall is the only season that matters. Spring is the intermission to fall.
SJFW - What trend could you do without this year/season?
Mika - Jump suits. They look good on very few women.
SJFW - What trend do you love this year/season?
Mika - I can't say, but I did enjoy Oscar De La Renta, Alexander McQueen, Galliano, Akris, and Rodarte.
SJFW - How do you feel the recession has affected the fashion industry?
Mika - Big time. My company went from a sixty thousand dollar profit to a five thousand dollar a year profit.
SJFW - Most loved designer/brand?
Mika - I love Chanel, Alexander McQueen, and Viviene Westwood.
SJFW - What is your most beloved fashion item (shoes, accessories, clothing)?
Mika - My Hale Bob platforms, and vintage Travilla original.
SJFW - How would you define your cities fashion?
Mika - Cliché
SJFW - How do you personally market yourself?
Mika - Via the web, fliers, and word of mouth.
SJFW - Where do you see yourself professionally in 5 years?
Mika - With a boutique carrying primarily my garments, as well as designer vintage, and contemporary fashions.
SJFW - What is the most memorable/favorite moment in your fashion career/history?
Mika - Winning Fashion Feud in 2010, and being featured in Sac town Magazine.
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