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Pefta: Tony Evan

Embracing spontaneity was the master plan for this designer's PEFTA collection.
Pefta: Tony Evan Embracing spontaneity was the master plan for this designer's PEFTA collection.

WHAT IS YOUR COLLECTION ABOUT? ANYTHING SPECIFIC IT WAS INPIRED BY?

My collection really started with a play on several shapes, then I inserted a multitude of textures in the process. I'm the kind of designer who isn't keen on doing cutesy dresses—I love experimenting on cuts and textures. For me, the fun thing about designing is the process of discovery, something I used as my guide all throughout the collection.

WHAT WERE THE TECHNIQUES AND MATERIALS THAT YOU USED?

I made a general rule to use textures, and to offset one texture with another in my pieces. For example, I used rough jacquard on a top and balanced its scaly texture with a bottom made of soft tulle. I just loved playing with opposites through my pieces.

HOW DID YOU FEEL WHEN YOU LEARNED THE THEME IS "THE ART OF MOVEMENT?" HOW DOES "ART OF MOVEMENT" TRANSLATE TO YOUR COLLECTION?

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All I know was I definitely didn't want to go literal on my interpretation of movement. I know it's ironic how I featured structured pieces given the theme, but for me, the art in movement can also be seen in static motion—for example, how cuts and folds catch one's eye, or how you can see depth in a piece's proportions.

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DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE PIECE IN THE COLLECTION?

It would have to be the structured orange dress that I paired with a plastic peplum skirt on top. Unlike other designers in the roster, I haven't done a collection ever before. This is my first! So this collection really revealed who I was as a designer, someone who embraces being spontaneous, even a little crazy. I think that piece revealed what my collection truly was about—that genius manifests when you think less and do more, when you have "stupid" ideas you can surprisingly pull off.

PEFTA is fast approaching. How have your preparations been going, so far?

As a rookie designer with no previous collections under my belt, I would say I consider this my launch. This is my version of a girl's 18th birthday, so I guess that explains how much PEFTA means to me. If I wasn't chosen for PEFTA, God knows what I would be doing now.

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WHAT SHOULD THE EXHIBIT GOERS EXPECT OF YOUR COLLECTION?

I want them to say "Compared to other designers, this designer didn't think!" I mean that in a good way, because I believe that when you think too much, you edit too much, and you eventually stunt your growth as a designer. I try to stay away from that. I want my collections to be an extension of my instincts—very of-the-moment, very spontaneous, very real.

Watch out for the features of the other PEFTA winners in the following days.

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