Aleks Susak: Model turned designer
Pattern, colour and bold prints are the driving force behind up and coming designer Aleks Susak’s eclectic and sophisticated collections. Transitioning from marketing to fashion design was simple for the former model. After all, her mother Mila is an artist and was able to assist her creative visions along the way. With having years of experience working in the fashion and television industry to her advantage, as well as a unique personal sense of style, Susak channeled her inner fashionista into creating a collection for the sophisticated and fashion-conscious woman.
Debuting her official self-titled clothing line with her Spring/Summer 2015 collection, the budding designer takes on the androgyny of the peacock and gentleness of the butterfly to mold her bright and daring pieces. The collection features everything from leather moto jackets to high-waist ripped jeans and transitioning to floor-length silk button down dresses making it possible for consumers to seamlessly transition their look from soft to edgy.
WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO START YOUR OWN LINE? It was really a natural idea. I’ve been designing my own clothes for years, but it was just for myself without any idea to put it into any sort of business project. This past summer I was having a conversation with my mom, who is a very creative soul and who I work with a bit on my designs. I was thinking of putting a little line together just for the purpose of creativity, and the ball kind of got rolling and we got working and this idea that I had suddenly turned really big. So it went from a little line, of just a couple of pieces, to a full blown out collection, so I thought why not go with the flow and make a formal launch?
WHAT’S YOUR PERSONAL STYLE? I vary quite a bit. I tend to be a tomboy sometimes, although I do love some of the pieces I designed, to me they’re very special. I also like to dress and be very feminine, sexy and chic, but I also have moments where I love to throw on a T-shirt, pair of jeans and sneakers and just do my thing.
IS YOUR PERSONAL STYLE DEPICTED IN YOUR LINE? Absolutely. I love every single piece, I would wear every single piece, so it’s very much a reflection of the artistic idea that I want to put out there, and that’s really featured, I think, in the collection itself.
“I think so much of your persona comes out from what you’re wearing. So anybody who has the ability to express their character with clothing, that would be my ideal kind of woman.”
WHAT WAS YOUR INSPIRATION FOR YOUR SPRING/SUMMER 2015 COLLECTION? So it really came from nature. Just observing beautiful animals that have a wide array of colours. Two dominant themes are butterflies and peacocks in the collection and they naturally have this beautiful array of colours and I thought why not translate that onto fabric and see how it behaves. I did that and the colours were incredible, and I think that’s what happened with the pieces.
WHAT DO YOU PLAN ON DEVELOPING AS A DESIGNER FOR FUTURE SUCCESS? I’m just taking it one step at a time. I do have some ideas for Fall/Winter 2015, but I definitely want to continue with this sort of creative expression that I have and see how people relate to it.
WHO DO YOU ENVISION AS THE ALEKS SUSAK WOMAN? It’s not a particular kind of woman, but a woman who is dedicated to expressing herself through her clothes. And I think so much of your persona comes out from what you’re wearing. So anybody who has the ability to express their character with clothing, that would be my ideal kind of woman.
Photos courtesy of. Aleks Susak