Young designer Stacy Rodriguez takes a bright turn for summer with her ready-to-wear label, Glasnost. Her latest collection, entitled Phosphorescent, is a refreshingly vivid departure from her usually dark design inclinations. Read on to know more about the collection, and click on the photo gallery to see the colorful lineup.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR INSPIRATION FOR PHOSPHORESCENT.
This collection was really made to make me uncomfortable. The inspiration was to do something completely out of the box. It was a challenge. This is the first collection I’m doing with absolutely no black. I mean I was obviously inspired by the Milan shows, especially the brights and color blocking from Prada and Jil Sander, but I really wanted to interpret it differently. I wanted it to be more approachable.
I called this collection Phosphorescent for many reasons—one of it being named after one of my favorite bands of all time. If you listen to their music you’ll understand the look I was going for. "Phosphorescent," in so many of its definitions, is really some sort of afterglow. This is what I wanted. I wanted to showcase blinding colors without being overly loud and showy. I wanted it to stay quiet and understated, like an afterglow. It’s hard to explain its effects, its causes, even its actual presence, but really, it’s just undeniable.
WHAT MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES DID YOU USE?
I used three kinds of fabrics: a very soft and cool chiffon, a light cotton, and jersey. I have very strong lines in my design resulting to a very relaxed fit. You will see a few of my bleach dyeing techniques as well but very subtle and in color! I also experimented with splitting the pattern into color blocked, two-tone combinations, and uneven hems.
HOW IS IT REPRESENTATIVE OF YOUR AESTHETIC?
I completely stepped out of my comfort zone for this which was really the point anyway. But the proportions and silhouettes are still very Glasnost. Very me. It’s about finding sexiness in the most subtle ways.
WHAT ARE ITS SIMILARITIES AND DIFFERENCES TO YOUR PAST COLLECTIONS?
More different than similar—I’ve rid Glasnost of all its darkness for the summer. I guess it's me proving that this deep understated look isn’t stuck in the dark ages. I wanted to show that you can have all that attitude and do it in hot pink and citrus orange instead of black and gray.
WHO DO YOU ENVISION WEARING THESE PIECES?
Honestly, this is the collection that I feel I made something for every kind of woman. So I can imagine different girls in all my different pieces.
DO YOU HAVE ANY FAVORITE PIECES FROM THIS LINEUP?
I especially like the sheer button-downs with contrasting colored pockets because it can look good on anyone, tall, short, skinny, full-figured, young and mature. It's always the most interesting observation to see how my different clients style my pieces and I think this particular piece will encourage individuality.
WHAT CAN WE LOOK FORWARD TO FOR YOUR NEXT COLLECTION?
Maybe a mix of the new Glasnost and the old—the synergy of the dark and the light. Should be very interesting. And maybe incorporate the good ol’ Glasnost concept of versatility.