Fashion Week Q&A with Kimberly Richardson

By: Rachel Handel Filed under: Fashion

January 28, 2016

Kimberly Richardson, creator of the “Kimber” brand, has a vision to create a fashion lifestyle that goes beyond bridal. She utilizes luxurious, modern artistic design in her sophisticated, feminine, and glamorous garments.

A Houston native, Kimberly began cutting hair and sketching as a young girl. She learned from her mother and grandmother, seamstresses who inspired her love of lace, denim, and eyelet fabric. Kimberly spent most of her adult life as a hairstylist and is now pursuing her goal to become a fashion designer.

Kimberly earned an Associate of Applied Science in Fashion Design from The Art Institute of New York City in 2015. She says that her brand evokes two feelings: soft classic romanticism and traditional drama.

How would you describe your collection?

This collection is about breaking into something new, fun, and different. It's a feminine collection yet with a tomboy twist. The fabrics give me a Texas feel.

What fashion techniques did you experiment with during the design process?

I thought of spontaneous combustion when it came to this collection. I used a Japanese dying technic that I happened to fall in love with. I felt that using denims, suede, and leather [would bring my vision to life] and I used different chemicals to wash out my fabric.

When I first started this dying technique, I [thought] I would blow my apartment up! I took my first finished garment to my [instructor at The Art Institute of New York City] and she loved it. As I kept going, I got better. Everyone that saw the finished pieces loved what I had done.

How did your Fashion Design instructors help you to achieve your vision?

I had some really terrific instructors at school and I can say that I have been inspired all of them. They really pushed me beyond my limits, [teaching] me to channel the inner me and put it into my work.

What’s life like, now that Fashion Week is coming up fast?

I’m trying to make sure that everything is done on time and my looks are what I rendered on paper. I [get concerned] that my work is not good enough. [I don’t want to] let down the judges that chose me. I'm learning that time is what I'm working with, and it waits on no one.

What would you tell current fashion students?

Stay focused, you can do anything that you want. Have fun and [remember that] only you can fail yourself.

Never let the task at hand change your focus—you’re the only person that can open that door in your head. Once that door is open, you choose your destiny. Just make sure you close the door once you walk through, because there's no turning back.

Which designers, blogs, or publications inspire you?

[I‘m inspired by] Vera Wang, Yves Saint Laurent, Dolce and Gabbana, Stephane Rolland, Versace, Rodarte, Alexander McQueen, Roberto Cavalli, Rick Owens and Ralph Lauren. [I also look at] Pinterest, and “The Blonde Salad,” “Song of Style,” and “Gal Meets Glam” on Instagram.

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View Kimberly’s sketches and inspiration board by clicking on the thumbnails


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