DESIGNER TALK: MARCO CAPALDO

Born in Italy, raised in London, designer Marco Capaldo is heating up the runway with his coveted collection of women's ready-to-wear.

How did you become involved in fashion design? Growing up I was always surrounded by design. I was very fortunate to have been born into a very artistic household, my father an architect and my mother a graphic turned interior designer. I suppose that initially I drew inspiration from both my parents, being surrounded by architectural drawings, magazines and mock ups. I would constantly find ways to translate the idea of construction onto the human body. I was always helping my mother on photographic shoots, so from a very early age I was exposed to what goes on behind the glossy images that are printed in the magazines. I met some great stylists, photographers, models and personalities and started to build up as many contacts as I could.

What materials do you most like to work with? I use a lot of natural materials in my collections, a mix of silks and cashmere. As you can see in my collection a lot of the designs are very intricate and heavily beaded. I certainly favor the use of Swarovski crystal, they have an archive of hundreds of thousands of bead shapes and materials so it's always a lot of fun to see how to incorporate them into your designs.

How does your geographical location influence your atheistic? Being based in London certainly influences you. It's a city that doesn't stop. You are constantly surrounded by architecture, culture, people, nightlife and so on, that even if you don't realize it, certain elements always filter through into your work.

What’s been your greatest professional achievement to date? I recently created a coat for '60s icon Twiggy celebrating her Golden anniversary in fashion. It was a Gold sequin coat and it landed the cover. So that was really amazing. Plus having the opportunity to dress an Icon like Twiggy was really quite something.

What’s one thing people would never guess about you? That is for them to keep guessing.