Sitting in a quintessential Parisan cafe in heart of the 6th district of Paris, designer AmirKhorasany knows how to make an entrance.This Masters graduate of Central Saint Martins class of 2017 carries an energy with him that is un-cageable and you best believe he knows it.
With his understated cool, refined elegance, and subtle “je ne sais quoi”, Khorasany serves youwith hints of New York, London, and Paris mixed in one with so much more. The name might bean anamoly to some but make no mistake, this Ports 1961 Scholarship winner selected byNatasa Cagalaj, is a forced to be reckoned with. Having worked with Galliano at Dior andcurrently at Lanvin; some would identify this artist of a man`s career in limbo right in the calmbefore the storm. Not having even releasing his own independent runway collection yet, hisdesigns have been worn by the likes of Lady Gaga who ordered a bespoke dress from his BAgraduate collection to close at the Cheek to Cheek concert with Tony Bennet and most recently,Jorja Smith wearing a fuschia top designed by Khorasany on the cover of “Crack Magazine.”
Sitting in an impeccably tailored Armani coat and Lanvin leather pants; the designer reminiscesabout the past and how his roots influence his creativity. “I don't think that talent is something that you come to an innate realization of; that you`re gifted per say but expressing yourself in a creative sense like all things, requires hard work and practice. I really do believe that everyone is creative at heart.” Getting more personal he expands, “I`ve had to work, study, nourish, and expand. It's an ongoing process. I`m being challenged everyday technically and creatively. Just when you think you have a second to breathe it's onto another season, another new challenge.”
Listening to the first generation British designer speak, it's evidently clear what an impactfashion has had in his life from an early stage. “ I grew up in the working class, multi-ethnicneighborhood of London and it was there that I learned quickly the way you dress is the firstrepresentation of who you are and how people will treat you. At that time wearing Timberlandboots were a status in my neighborhood and it determined if you are in or out; almost like abadge of acceptance. Then and there was how I knew that fashion has so much more of asociological impact than we could ever imagine.”
Reflecting back the designer adds, “I remember I was a teenager and no one would give me a job then I walked in full-force into Armani after I saw they had a temporary part-time seasonal sales associate position open. I'm pretty sure they were thinking who is this crazy wildcard. I sat in the Starbucks filled out an application then came back for the most excruciating two hour interview at the store. I got the position and I will always cherish my time there. I loved having my clientbase of women coming in and transforming them. I loved the power of influencing the impression in which they will create for the outside world. Even my manager could sense that this wildcard, being me was working out. I had such an intimate relationship with my clients that I felt I had a responsibility towards them. I had come to a point that I would sell more in two days than any other sales associate who were even full-time. Working in front-end merchandising was such an impactful experience but it definitely made me a bit too practical in design. It wasn`t until I started Art School that I realized how challenging it was to be in a mindset of practicality annd then asked to think and create boundlessly.”
We ask the designer who he believes are the pillars of fashion of our generation. Khorasanywide-eyed responds adamantly that it`s without a doubt Phoebe Philo.
“ She has defined the last ten years of fashion and she is heavily referenced in all leading fashion houses to this day. To me and many others she has defined an era and has been responsible for the re-emergence of serious fashion once again.”
If the designer could go back in time and be part of any creative team he enthusiastically responds, “Without a doubt Yves Saint Laurent in the 70`s and 80`shonestly...mic drop. It doesn't even need further explanation. Google that YSL era and prepareto trip on the collections for hours.” And as for the dream team of the now…”I love Pierre Paolo. He is someone I admire still because he retains the romanticism and dream aspect that we`ve lost in fashion. So it would would have to be alongside him at Valentino.” The dream…”To always have your own full expression.”
As for his style advice to fashionistas on a budget…”Ladies, invest in one good winter coat, shoes and one yes...one good bag.”
And of course, his Guilty Pleasure…”CLOTHES CLOTHES CLOTHES! It's like, when it comes to fashion everything becomes affordable and a two week ramen diet is no longer impossiblehaha.”
@ Hannah Cauhepe for Guilty Pleasure