November 26, 2010

Fashion Spotlight: Q&A with Designer Rachel Sin

Too many holiday parties and not enough dresses to wear? Rachel Sin is my answer this year as seen in my picture above. Rachel is a Canadian designer located in Ottawa and Toronto. Her runway dresses are elegant, fitting and completely wearable to any cocktail event.

Rachel’s show at the Ottawa Fashion Week was one of the highlights this year, and Pop Champagne got a chance to catch up with her during the Sample Sale at Hush Clothes. Here is what she has to say along with the lookbook of her newest designs:

What is your vision for your designs?
I design my pieces to be timeless and can last for many seasons. I like to think of women wearing these designs to a modern space event and their idea of a perfect dress.


What do you think is the trend of this winter?
A go-to this winter is the button-down silk blouse paired with skinny trousers for an effortless look. Adding a belt is the finalizing touch that completes the look. I also love fur vest with leggings. I’m a fan of jean leggings and ones that have detailing like leather, a ruched seam or see through mesh at seam.

What trend do you think it’s overrated?
Crocs… I just don’t get why people wear them out like regular shoes. I’m also not very big on perfectly put together outfits by one designer as I think the fun in getting dressed is being creative by mixing and matching unexpected combinations.




What designers' collections do you check out for inspirations?
I love Roland Mouret’s structured yet feminine pieces. I also love Pierre Balmain, a French fashion designer who said that "dressmaking is the architecture of movement." Balmain studied architecture but was drawn to fashion before he finished. A surprising number of fashion designers have studied architecture.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I love to salsa dance. I used to be in a dance troop before I started designing dresses. I don’t watch TV, but a guilty pleasure of mine is celebrity gossip magazines, where I can relax with mindless reading and keep up to date with the latest trends.

How do you pick your models?
I choose models based on their overall look, proportion and personality. I have yet to alter a dress to fit a model. My dresses are so fitted that when I choose a model, I already have an idea of which dress she will be wearing down the runway. It is rare that a model will look good in everything, but you will always find 1-2 pieces where the model and the dress are a perfect fit.


Lookbook photos courtesy of Rachel Sin. Taken by Sebastien Roy.

For more pictures visit LoveK. Here are some pictures from Rachel’s sample sale at Hush Clothes located on 1440 Wellington St, Ottawa from a little while ago. Shout out goes to Allison who put on a great event and Rachel’s delicious homemade macaroons.



If you are interested in Rachel's designs, visit www.rachelsin.com as well visit Hush Clothes in Ottawa or UKAMAKU in Toronto.

56 comments:

  1. she has such a great talent.
    i really like the purple blouse and mini skirt that the model is wearing.
    it must be really fun to meet designers like her.

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  2. I AM LOVING THIS POP!!!
    I was going to do a similar thing with Rachel as well...but instead I will just ask her to be a contributor on the blog-so I don't "copy" :-)...love this post!
    Keep 'em coming!
    Love K

    www.lovekittykatstyle.blogspot.com

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  3. wow i lurve her designs! wish i could try some :) hey girl u look amazing with this shot! enjoy ur weekend...

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  4. her designs are totally fabulous <3 and i like the dress you wore <3

    vdcouture

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  5. Nice interview...and her lookbook looks great beautiful dresses

    http://fiercepty.blogspot.com/

    xx
    Andy

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  6. her clothing line looks really fab!

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  7. Awww..you look super hot! Man, I was just telling my friend that I need to get a fashion sense lol.

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  8. Love the gorgeous sheens on the fabric!

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  9. I love her designs! I wonder if her clothes will be coming out West anytime soon?

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  10. This post is very interesting...
    I like your blog
    If you want we can follow each other
    Three4style.com

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  11. Awesome interview! :) She is an amazing designer. Her dresses look stunning.

    I hope you have a great weekend. xoxo

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  12. ohh such cute designs! very girly and wearable. haha i must agree with her about the crocs!! so ugly....i don't care how comfy it is.

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  13. Has everyone in the world had macaroons except for me???

    Have a great weekend.

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  14. Great interview! I especially love the ice queen outfit- blonde ringlets with light blue outfit- perfect!

    Have a great weekend!

    xo Emily

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  15. Wow, she has some amazing pieces!

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

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  16. She has amazing dresses...ones we could actually WEAR, lol....great pics!

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  17. Wow, her dresses look gorgeous, very glamorous. They look very wearable too.

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  18. I love her choice of colors and the classy and more simple details, I always life a public wearable sort of fashion that those high fashion, she is amazing, and so you are for bringing her up!

    Have a tremendous weekend! (:

    Sanny's Head to Heart

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  19. omg wow, her pieces are so so breath taking :O great interview, I am now inspired to pick up a good fashion magazine and learn more about these awesome people.

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  20. her designs are absolutely beautiful! :D

    p.s. i have an award for you.

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

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  21. hello, just to say that i just found your blog and really like what i see, now following you. thanks fro sharing :)

    BM

    thebohemiangoods.blogspot.com

    x

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  22. wow great interview! thanks for sharing :) xx

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  23. I agree with what she said that crocs is overrated. I'm not against crocs and I love crocs but I just don't know why people uses it like a regular shoes or maybe because they find it comfy. Thanks for dropping by at my site.. followed you already...

    feel free to follow as well:
    http://krystalpearl.blogspot.com

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  24. Hi!

    Rachel Sin dresses are a spot-on option for holiday parties! Great interview! I really love your locally-based blog posts.

    And to answer your question, I would be delighted to get together for coffee..email me and let me know your schedule and hopefully we can work something out for next week!

    x

    p.s. I added your blog to my list of local blogs i read and love ;)

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  25. She is so talented I like her designs. :) Up for this post! :)

    ♥ Ellen

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  26. Haha, she and I are on the same page about Crocs! I don't care how comfortable they are, I still think they're ugly as hell! :P

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  27. beautiful designs! never heard of this designer, thank you for sharing, great post!
    please check out my new blog on street fashion and people: http://publishmystyle.blogspot.com/

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  28. Loved this. I also loved that she mentioned how important timeless pieces are! I feel like so may designers right now are following crazy trends that are so not gonna be in fashion a year from now! What ever happened to the simplyness. Don't get me wrong I love some crazy fashion too but it's important to have staples!

    oh! and I'm also loving this blog! Too cute!

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  29. lovely interview, and love her designs!

    btw; always great to hear from a fellow vancouverite!

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  30. I'm living in Denmark right and I visited one of the hospitals.. I kid you not, most people who worked there walked around in crocs. And other sandals too. So weird to see! :P

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  31. some amazing pieces!xx

    http://provocativecouture.blogspot.com/

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  32. You look gorgeous as usual!! Luvs the black dress with the unique mod cut-out back, I would love to slip into something like that.

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  33. cool interview! had fun reading it. i wish i can be a designer some day.. oooo.. ** dreaming ** ^^ o btw. i guess i should really watch the VS show now. cuz i been lacking on my gym stuff!! ahhahah

    xoxo hitomineko xoxo

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  34. i really like the black dress with the cutout back and those super cute black shorts. thanks for sharing this interview!

    http://www.ohtobeamuse.com

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  35. Oh wow great post! That sample sale looks like major fun! Perfect dresses for holiday parties indeed!

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  36. great post!! i love interviews. i love reading them!! thanks for the comment on my blog!

    allister bee fashion blog

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  37. lovely post! =] hate crocs too ugh.

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  38. Oh I adore her creations! Off to chk out her shop, need some cute dresses for the holidays:-)

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  39. Oh yeah, these are great party outfits! Sexy, but not too overtly so.

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  40. Amazing!!

    originalnumber.blogspot.com

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  41. You bolg is very good and you have different view ,I learn a lot ,thanks !

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  42. before you wrote about rachel sin i had no idea who she was but now i'm in love!
    x x x

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  43. coool!! man, i have got to go to canada. i've been dying to take a trip, and this makes me want to even more! i love the back of that first black dress

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  44. great interview! you are so lucky to be able to interview so many great designers! oh and i saw your modeling pics for .....well i forgot who it was but it was some clothing brand, well anyways you looked great as always! :)


    Fashion Bag 411

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  45. I adore the dresses of Rachel Sin!!! She is an amazing designer. I agree that crocs are overrated! They aren't real shoes.

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  46. Totally with her on the crocs!

    Love Grace.

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  47. you guys look great on that photo. those dresses are really awesome.

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  48. WOW, I LOVE her designs, I'll def wear them, thanks for sharing babe

    XOXO
    J

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  49. Love the designs! So pretty. You look great btw. =)

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  50. Ooh she's a fellow salsa dancer too!

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  51. Love Rachel and all her designs... so proud of her for taking a leap of faith and heading to Toronto to pursue her dream! xx

    www.ericawark.com

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