5 Questions with Alexander Van Baalen

For the latest 5 Questions we caught up with friend of @FAshionWorked designer Alexander Van Baalen


Vintage or New?

That’s a tough call as I like both. But for my inspiration when designing my collections I would have to say that vintage would win hands down! Sometimes I find a beautiful scrap of a vintage print or fabric that will inspire me or even going down Brick Lane and finding a gem of a vintage dress which will inspire the direction of my collection.
Best place to shop?
Love shopping in New York! Love finding quirky boutiques and vintage shops in places like Brooklyn and the Upper East side of Manhatten.

Is fashion a part of our cultural heritage?

Not sure about that one. As London is very much about being on trend and the latest fashions. Where as the likes of Milan and Paris the craftsmanship and art of fashion is very much apart of their past and future cultural heritage. I think London is too caught up in instant fashion,which in my mind is a simple one liner when we write about culture/fashion of this country in the future.

 Fave piece of clothing/footwear you own?

For me personally it would have to be my Oliver Sweeney blue croc shoes! Love em! If it’s my fav piece from my latest collection then I would have to say its either out beautiful butter soft leather jacket or our seasonal take on the LBD,which is in a wool crepe with beaded shoulder cap detail and pocket detail! A sure fire stunner !

Fave fashion quote?

Fashion fades and style is eternal! By YSL

About Ross Pollard

Since starting writing on my 31st birthday in 2011 I have held a number of positions at magazines and websites as well as regularly producing articles for numerous publications alongside contributing to TV & radio shows as a freelance fashion journalist including Hoxton Radio & Fashion One TV. Alongside writing, I have worked in other industries helping to design & grow digital platforms, develop businesses and support operations practices. This experience has proved invaluable in building an understanding of how businesses work, and the landscape in which retail, B2B commerce and other commercial operations develop. Knowledge of commercial interests has helped shape my fashion industry insights beyond critiquing of garments

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