What’s your favorite part about conceptualizing a new design?
I am a hands-on kind of a person. I am pretty bad at drawing (like Mondo Guerra from Project Runway, I do boxy drawings) so I have to see, touch and feel how a design is going to look. I really enjoy the process of trying, combining, cutting, filing, refining, until I actually see what I had in mind. Sometimes the piece turns out to be what I originally envisioned but sometimes things move towards a different direction.
From where do you draw inspiration?
I draw inspiration from my everyday life in NYC and just walking around the streets ofChelseaorSoho. I enjoy the diversity of the people, the sounds, the music, the architecture, and the energy – all of those things are an infinite source of inspiration. I look at women’s heels, the cadence of their walk; I watch the lengths of their skirts, the colors and textures; I pay attention to people’s hats or even to the way they dress their dogs. It’s such an inspiring environment, and I’m so lucky to be immersed in it.
What do you think will draw retailers to your collection this upcoming season?
I think my collection has a great elegant-bohemian-chic balance. That’s a killer combo, don’t you think?
How would you define your city’s fashion?
Trendy, eclectic, ever-evolving… I really love NYC.
Who or what has been your greatest fashion influence?
I come from a very small suburban town in the outskirts ofBuenos Aires. I grew up surrounded by a pretty homogenous group of people. Fashion wasn’t that interesting to me there. Then I came to NYC and I was blown away. I can’t mention one specific name as my greatest influence, but I’m sure after 11 years in this city I’ve absorbed the work of at least a couple dozen designers. And then again, the city itself and the people are my main influence.
What three items are essential to you during market week?
I couldn’t do it without my large cup of coffee (most essential), my iPhone and iPad. Those are my daily companions… and not just during market week.
Where can readers find out more about your work?
People can check out my website www.victoriabekerman.com and find out more. I think they will enjoy it!