November 12, 2010

Fashion Spotlight: Q&A with Designer Jana Hanzel

It’s not everyday that you get to have coffee with one of your favorite designers in town. I was excited when heard back from Jana Hanzel who agreed to take some time from her busy schedule for Pop Champagne. Jana’s designs are unique and colorful with hints of her European heritage. As Jana says, “The hints of the European style is not by purpose, that’s just who I am”.

At Ottawa Fashion Week last month, Jana presented her collection which consist perfect cocktail dresses with eye catching headpieces. Her collection made the audience swoon a few times. Here is what she has to say.

I noticed that you have a degree in computer science. What made you decide to go into fashion?
I have always wanted to study art and fashion. But science and fashion is actually quite closely related, and I have no problem switching between the two.

Where do you get the beautiful headpieces?
I design quite a few of them and they are custom made in Italy and imported to here. They are all one-of-a-kind designs. Feel free to contact me if you are interested.


Runway Photos courtesy of Tina Picard

What is the hottest trend right now?
Flower prints were in for the summer along with romantic touch and delicate designs. Layering is everywhere on the streets now. But what is most important is to dress according to your figure, wear what would be flattering and suiting to you. Being trendy comes after that.

If you can dress any celebrity, who would it be?
Meryl Streep. She is classy and she doesn’t let work and fame get in the way of her personal life. She is married with kids and she is careful that you never hear anything scandalous or bad in the tabloids about her.

What is your guilty pleasure?
I love eating dark chocolate and take some time off to read and catch up on sleep. These pretty much describe a good night for me. The latest book I finished is “Girl With The Dragon Tattoo”.

Every time I see you, your always looks so radiant. What is your beauty secret?
Drink lots of water, don’t skip out on sleep or smoke, and have a good attitude. I am a happy person and I believe that how you feel on the inside shows on the outside.


Runway Photos courtesy of Tina Picard


Here are some pictures taken from Jana’s lookbook. For more info on Jana or if you are interested in her pieces, you can contact her through her website here. Jana offers one-on-one session for fashion design, design for individual clients, styling tips and much more.




Lookbook photos courtesy of Jana Hanzel

50 comments:

  1. Ooo what a new designs!! I love the stuff from the lookbook!! =) Especially that last red blouse! Very pretty! =)

    Melanie's Randomness

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  2. I'd never heard of this designer before, but I love these pictures! The clothes are lovely!

    Thanks for sharing!

    www.a--style.blogspot.com

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  3. Her designs are sooo beautiful...classic with a hint of edge and romanticism. I love how she mixes different textures and colors.

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  4. Great interview, she seems so down to earth. I agree with what she said about Meryl Streep.:D

    I am loving the teal and mustard combination (2nd to the last) -- so sophisticated!

    Happy Friday!:D

    ***** Marie *****
    allthingsmarie.com

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  5. Awhhhh! You are super lucky, loving the interview! Can't really believe that her degree is actually in computer science! Hahah! Awesome! Could never dream myself sitting down with my favorite fashion designer! (:

    Sanny's Head to Heart

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  6. Great interview! And how awesome of Jana to take time out her schedule to meet up with you! I have to agree with her on Meryl Streep! She's one of the "older" women in Hollywood, but she always looks amazing, age-approriate and downright sexy at all the award galas!

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  7. wow you're like a journalist ;) interviewing famous people!!! jealous LOL!

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  8. that so cool that she got into fashion even though she has her degree in computer science. i was reading in some magazine this guy was a garbage man and he decided to design shoes...goes to show you can do anything you want. i love all the designs and love that there's a lot of fun colors!

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  9. Great interview, Honey!

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  10. I love your interview a lot!!! I love the questions you are asking!

    but I was not too keen on the clothes she presented during the fashion show. I am from Europe and the clothes there looks completely differently. It may be just my opinion, but I think if she was presenting clothes for older generations .... which looked like she was doing, she should have used models in their 30s or 40s ... But with 15-year old models it looked funny. =)

    I am not mean, it is just my opinion =)

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  11. oh wow, those pieces look spectacular! and great job with the interview, It's nice to know some things from a designer's Pov <3

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  12. Very pretty and feminine designs. :)

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  13. Cool, if I can get the sleep thing worked out, I'm going to be radiant too. Nice job on the interview!!! Congratulations.

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  14. well look at you girlie, gettin to interview all these designers! the runway clothes weren't as great as her past designs though tbh..

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  15. I love flower print too... great interview :)
    xx
    Rosa

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  16. Wow, lucky you! It would be such a dream to sit down with a favourite designer. Her designs look very cool!

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  17. Her designs are so pretty and intriguing!! Great inerview and lucky you!! I love the music on your blog by the way! xoxoxoxoo

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  18. how amazing! yay for you! and your questions and her answers are great! :D

    <3, Mimi
    http://whatmimiwrites.blogspot.com/

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  19. Great interview and amazing fashion!!!

    xoxo ~ Courtney
    http://sartorialsidelines.blogspot.com

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  20. oh the photos are very cute and i love the outfits! = )

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  21. such a great interview and the designs are all interesting!

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  22. Her headpieces really are fantastic!

    Love Grace.

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  23. eating dark chocolate is a guilty pleasure? i do that all the time =x

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  24. Congratulations for the interview with her :)
    XX.

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  25. Nice Post! I enjoyed reading this post! It's so nice that you had an opportunity to interview a designer!!

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  26. her designs are quite sophisticated and I like the lookbook examples.

    I'm so jealous!!

    Hey, I'm glad she had time for an interview with Pop Champagne! I bet you guys had a great time :]

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  27. So cool that you had a chance to meet and interview her :) Nice post , love the collection !

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  28. Such intricate details in her designs.. wow.

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  29. I just came across your blog and been reading some of your posts, they are so damn intresting!
    Great :)

    Hope to hear from you,
    Monica ♥

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  30. You are so lucky to meet your favorite designer! I love these pictures! Wow!

    ~Zabrinah

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  31. Wow the clthes and the looks are amazing!

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  32. She covers so many looks in her lookbook-amazing colours and cuts.

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  33. I've never heard of this designer, so thank you for the introduction. I love that her designs are tasteful and sophisticated but still decidedly fresh. Even as someone younger, I can see myself wearing some of these. I especially like the black and white dress in the first picture.

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  34. Wow love her dresses
    And lucky u for having this amazing chance :)

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  35. She seems like a really intelligent and amazing person! Great interview. :)

    I love her guilty pleasure, i love dark chocolates too

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  36. u look so sweet and fab there hun! :) And lucky to have had all these people around you and experience such chances and opportunities with em! job well done sweetie!

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  37. Great interview, and wonderful photos!

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  38. stunning choice of images :)
    great post!

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  39. I'm totally in love with some of those dresses, thanks for the intro :)

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  40. Lucky girl! Looks awesome! So jealous :)

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  41. LUCKY YOU !
    that's a really lovely intervew :)

    glisters and blisters

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  42. Oooh, her designs are colorful with a hint of elegance thrown in. Pretty! Love you for covering talented Ottawa peeps that I and others would otherwise miss out on <3

    RE:
    Yes we should meet up! I'll email you sometime or maybe next time you're attending a function and I'm able to make it out, I'll definitely swing by and say hello!

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  43. Woww.. nice interview!! She's awesome. Look at the collectionsssss....><

    P.S: I won't take 'Star Trek' family photo either even if my parents pay me.duh!

    Cheers,
    Dreamy Princess
    ~I wonder what it's like to live in Paris~

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  44. Beautiful collection, all pieces have such a perfect cut!

    fashionatemybrains.blogspot.com

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  45. Brilliant Q&A and her collection is def fabulous!!!

    XOXO
    J

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  46. loving the work! I am envious of you!

    xo

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  47. That is so exciting. Love all those hats. So glad you found my blog so I was able to find yours. Maybe we should follow each other?

    Xox.
    Megan
    http://anotherzoeday.blogspot.com

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