CSLTM Designer Spotlight: Didier Rascon of House of Europe

CSLTM DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT

DIDIER RASCON

It has been awhile since I’ve done the CSLTM Spotlights and I thought it is time to get back to doing them since they have been so popular with the readers. There are so many amazing models and designers out there that everyone should know about and I’d like to start spotlighting them here in CSLTM again, as well as refresh the previous spotlights. I will also continue my spotlights on SL Agencies and start a spotlight on SL Photographers.

It is with great honor and pleasure to present a very talented designer and good friend: Didier Rascon.
He is a man of many talents.Everything he takes on, he does with passion and professionalism from designing to modeling and photography. He is the creator of the brand, HOUSE of EUROPE which houses some extraordinary collections.

Q: Please tell us about yourself and what you consider your defining characteristics as a designer that makes you unique and stand out from the rest. Can u tell us about your brand and what the customers can expect?

DR: As a fashion designer, I always tried to stay close to my own tastes and always remain faithful to the French and Italian designers that I admire in real life. I take my inspiration in a lot of great designers like Karl Lagerfeld, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Jean-Claude Jitrois, Valentino … etc., and I do my best to honor them in Second Life. I think there are many talented designers in Second Life, but we all have a very different style and that’s what makes us unique!

Q: What is your view of SL Fashion and how did you venture into the SL Fashion industry?

DR: Before coming to Second Life, I had a rough look on fashion and I had a pretty closed mind “standard” on how to dress. When I started this game, I immediately began to create clothes, but only for my own use because I found it more “economic”! But thanks to my ability to use photoshop, my friends asked me to sell my creations and that is how I opened my first shop. It was so much fun that I discovered a true passion. I then explored the treasures of the world of fashion in Second Life and I’ve become addicted!

House of Europe: Phillip

Q: What are some of your accomplishments within the fashion industry and describe what would be one of the most defining moments of your career as a designer? What do you think are keys to your success?

DR: I think the best reward I could receive so far is the one of the public … I am always very moved when I receive a message from a client who told me he likes a lot like my creations, or when people asks me a unique and special creation for a contest! It is through them that I continue today and it is for them that I always give the best of myself. Then there is also recognition of the great institutions of fashion in Second Life … I had the joy of being invited to participate in the BOSL Fashion Week 2011 for two shows, or to be interviewed by the magazine AVENUE  in September 2011 … There was also the SLTV show of the Japan community who received me as a guest, and finally this interview for the blog CSLTM that is a true honor :)

Q: You have certainly established yourself well within the fashion  industry. Please tell us what you believe are the essential elements to being a successful designer.  Do you have any advice for aspiring designers?

DR: It takes patience to become a recognized designer in Second Life. This takes time, and a lot of work. Then you have to bring out your imagination and, above all, has to remain faith in your own tastes. Do not try to copy other designers, it will get you nothing at all, because in the end there will be no personality behind your creations. Dare to be yourself and be surrounded by people with enough judgement to tell you if you do well or not! Then it is true that an excellent communication is essential to any designer who wants to get out quickly, but it takes a lot of financial investment
My advice to young designers: Do not try to be better than others, but try to be better than yourself.

House of Europe: Angelik

Q: What do you like and dislike about designing and the fashion industry? Any advice on the models wearing your designs?

DR: What I like about the creative process is the production of textures! I always have in mind a clear idea of what I want, so I always start to use photoshop to give life to my ideas. And what I dislike is my inability to create my own prims to give life to the exact image I have of my creations. I am unable to use 3D software to create sculpties and so I have to use those that are sold full perm. To my clients I can just ask them not to hesitate to contact me if they find a problem in my creations!

Q: What motivates you to be a  designer? Who inspires you the most and what is your inspiration? What trend in fashion attracts you the most and drives your designs?

DR: As I said in my previous replies, I hold a deep admiration to the French and Italian designers. European high fashion is an institution for decades and continues to inspire young designers around the world. Beyond fashion, the French Haute Couture produces real works of art, and I try my best to get inspiration from it.

House of Europe: Mariella

Q:  What are your plans for the future? Any new designs or projects we can look forward to?

DR: I don’t have any plans really … i just work when i have time lol .. and also when i really have a good idea in mind ! So i just do things like they come to me with no plans :) It’s how i deal it and it works well for me :)

Q:  Is there anything else that you would like to add?

DR: I want to thank all of the modelling agencies, magazines, models and friends that helped me making “House of Europe” to born in Second Life :)

Many thanks to House of Europe Designer, Didier Rascon, for taking the time for this interview. We are a huge fan of his designs and photography…and even a bigger fan of him as a person and friend.

Didier Rason’s Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/didier-rascon/

House of Europe Store SLurl: HERE

CONFESSIONS Designer Spotlight: Enzo Champagne of Champagne! Sparkling Fashion

I am so happy and honored to present our next CSLTM Designer Spotlight:

Enzo Champagne

Enzo Champagne is the designer genius behind the amazing wonderful label, Champagne! Sparkling Fashion.

I have been a long time admirer of his creative designs because of its unique elegance and sophistication. Wearing his outfits always makes me feel special and important as if I am living the high life. Each texture and little intricate details add a touch of magic to each design, making the wearer sparkle and feel glamorous. It was such an honor to wear his design “The Prince of Egypt” (pictured below) as my National Costume at Mister Virtual World 2010. He is a very talented designer but what really impressed me about him is he is a very nice and friendly guy.

 

Please welcome one of BOSL Magazine’s Top Ten Hottest Singles and one of Second Life’s Top Designers: Enzo Champagne.

Q:  Please tell us about yourself and what you consider your defining characteristics as a designer that makes you unique and stand out from the rest. Can u tell us about your brand and what the customers can expect?

EC: Definition of my brand is in the name “CHAMPAGNE!sparkling Fashion” for a glittering life , something chic making people happy. What my customers expectation are…well..lol you would have to ask them..but as long as I can continue to create a line of designs that appeal both men and women…that is what I strive for. I want them to see the passion that goes into my work..and to continue to bring joy to all who choose to wear my designs.

Q: What is your view of SL Fashion and how did you venture into the SL Fashion industry?

EC: Well there are many talented people on sl , it’s always a great thing to see how much the creativity drive people , we can dream in different style, diversity is the best thing I think in the fashion industry, each people can find each other in each style, that’s a marvelous opportunity.
I started out how by learning , as I said many times it ‘s not the same way to make one clothe on sl than rl , so I had to learn very hard how to design for sl , it was hard and so long but I had the motivation and took patience for myself. After I rented a little spot to place a small store where I sold 12 dresses , it was a great souvenir of happiness for me but thankfully things grew fast after that.

Q: What are some of your accomplishments within the fashion industry and describe what would be one of the most defining moments of your career as a designer? What do you think are keys to your success?

EC: First success is to sell your products ! You can say you’re a great designer but if people don’t like what you do it’s sad to keep them for yourself. Second..are shows my designs are featured in. I am always like a child when I see models on runways who wear my clothes in front of audience I’m so happy to see them wearing, it’s my little favorite time and good to share with others. Third I’m always happy too when I have special demands for magazines or articles or projects, it means so much for me and thanks a lot to them for the interest for my brand. I have not the keys of the success but I think the love for what you do in each details is very important , for all what you will do , do it with love and cherish it.

 

Q: You have certainly established yourself well within the fashion industry. Please tell us what you believe are the essential elements to being a successful designer. Do you have any advice for aspiring designers?

EC: Don’t have fear of yourself or others, express yourself like you would , explore new things !
As far as new comers….Trust and believe you can accomplish anything you want here..if you have the drive, determination and passion for anything that you do. If you love and believe in what you do, then you can never fail at it. Success is always on your side…if you only believe and have faith enough in your dreams.

Q: What do you like and dislike about designing and the fashion industry? Any advice on the models wearing your designs?

EC: Like I said diversity is the best thing here in sl fashion , what I dislike it’s sometimes we are stopped by technical things like not enough attachments , problems of shapes too , because we imagine one outfit to fit on one “model” shape but some want to keep big shapes parts like out “back-side” or woman’s chest and say after… “Why does this dress not like it is on the pic?”
Yes it happens, and most people don’t understand to not destruct the appearance of one dress to fit it perfectly. You can have some shape settings , but I respect the choice too of people who want to keep their shapes like they want but they have to understand they have to adjust or modify after. I don’t have that issue of course with my models, but I would stress the fact that any model, now matter what designs they wear, take care in editing all prims properly for the most advantageous appearance that the outfit allows.

Q: What motivates you to be a designer? Who inspires you the most and what is your inspiration? What trend in fashion attracts you the most and drives your designs?

EC: Making people happy and express myself , it’s my rl private joy to come here and work for this world and make it better I hope.
In my top designers, who make me becoming what I am , is for sure Thierry Mugler. I loved to see his fashion shows , each one was a real show with marvelous creatures on runway it was so powerful and glamor , and the second one was Mr Yves Saint Laurent for his elegance. I had the chance to know . Today there are a lot I love too , but these two rl designers are definitely the firsts who transmit me emotions and their love for the fashion world, who will ever inspire me .

Q: What are your plans for the future? Any new designs or projects we can look forward to?

EC: Sure I have a lot coming soon, some to make the show , some to bewitch your partner , some to shine for others , a lot are coming , and for sure winter and Christmas as well. I love the holidays..its the most exciting time to design!

Q: Is there anything else that you would like to add?

EC: Just to thank all who believe in me , my friends, my staff,and my customers , thanks to you to give me the energy to continue my dream!

Please visit the sites below for more information:

Champagne! Sparkling Fashion Blog: http://champagnesparklingfashion.blogspot.com/

Champagne! Sparkling Fashion Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/champagne-sparklingfashion

Champagne! Sparkling Fashion Store SLurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Deep%20House%20Island/203/163/23

Champagne! Sparkling Fashion’s Latest Release: Priestess

Many thanks to Enzo Champagne for this interview. Wishing him the best and may he continue to create amazing designs that rock SL Fashion.