DESIGNER TALK: MARLOU BREULS

One-to-watch, Amsterdam-based designer Marlou Breuls talks style and inspiration in today's Designer Talk.

How did you become involved in fashion design? I was a rebellious teenager and always liked to dress in a peculiar way. After finding out fashion was something you could study I attended a prior education. During this education, I had the most lovely internships I ever had at Fashionclash (now Fashionclash Festival). They have been such an inspiration. They always pushed me to continue developing my creativity. If it wasn't for them, I would probably be working in a retail store right now, or in a supermarket... Never the less, I got accepted at the Amsterdam Fashion Institute (AMFI) and here we are!

What materials do you most like to work with? I always strive todevelop my own materials. I mostly create a contrasting combination with silk, latex and leather but never without a large amount of glitter or strass.

How does your geographical location influence your aesthetic? I mostly get inspired by politics and social issues instead of environment. Nevertheless Holland, and my beautiful Amsterdam inspires me with her sobriety and common sense.

What’s been your greatest professional achievement to date? I have many! I never ever expected any of my achievements to happen. From being accepted at AMFI, to winning Lichting 2016's Audience Favorite award as best graduate. Showing this collection in London, being in Vogue Italia, making a dress for The Walt Disney Company for Beauty and The Beast up to having my biggest inspiration Björk as one of my clients. And last but not least: this interview of course!  

What’s one thing people would never guess about you? I'm about 50% colorblind.