Emma: Can you tell us a little bit about your inspiration for this collection?
Alexa: So, my inspiration actually came from my original senior collection. It’s an all black collection, so it was brought to life through textures and the contradiction of hard versus soft. It was finding the harmony. That’s really the inspiration of it all, finding the harmony on pieces that don’t normally go together.
E: Which main fabrics and textures do you use in the collection?
A: I use quilted leather, which contradicts with the chiffon. Then I also used wool and a cotton blend.
E: Tell me a little bit about your school experience. (Memories, tips, advice, etc.)
A: My main tip for school is really put 100% into it. You’re paying so much money and all of your time is invested in school so if you’re going to do it, really do it, and really mean it. Growing up I always knew I was a creative person, but I didn’t know how to get it out and so going to school and getting that education really helped me. It showed me the steps that I could take and how I could become successful. I connected with a lot of people through school and through my professors, whom are great in the industry. I got a lot of job offers from going to school at the Art Institute of Houston.
E: Did any of your professors give you connections in the industry, or help you find internships?
A: Yes, my professor Jane Hall, who teaches patternmaking and the more technical side of fashion design, connected me with Sydney Dao, who is the sister of Chloe Dao who won season 2 of Project Runway. I started as an intern in the boutique and then I asked to be an intern in the studio. I did both for a long time, and then they offered me a job so I worked there for a while. Then, through the school, I also received a job offer as a patternmaker for David Peck, who is also a Houston fashion designer.
E: Ideally, do you see yourself as a head of an already established fashion house (ie Balmain, Givenchy, Balenciaga), or do you see yourself running your own namesake brand?
A: I love that you said Balmain, because I would die. I am obsessed.
Normally people would say that they want to be in charge of their own line and run it, but I don’t want that. I want to be able to contribute to a well-established fashion house and I want to be able to bring everything I can bring to them and embelish their brand as much as I can.
E: Finally, are you nervous?
A: I’m freaking out on the inside, but I’m so excited.