SEBASTIAN PONS INTERVIEW
Designer Sebastian Pons has had the exceptional experience, granted only to true and diligent talent, of working with the most prestigious fashion institutions including Central Saint Martin’s School of Art & Design, Alexander McQueen and Givenchy. His travel all over the world has led him to New York, where he exuberantly debuts his Fall/Winter 2012 Collection and the exciting American rebirth of his label, SEBASTIAN PONS at the private room at SPiN. Pons launched a presentation that featured demi-couture women's wear inspired by American nostalgia, folk art, notes of Victorian period details and colors and patterns picked from his time spent recently in Gramercy Park and with gorgeous accessories designed by Valdez. With nearly a decade of experience working along side Alexander McQueen and then traveling to Paris to help run the Givenchy chapter of McQueen's career, Sebastian Pons is altogether a Fashion Industry veteran.
Inspirations and Influences?
The National Arts Club and Gramercy Park helped to inspire the colors and vision for the collection, but my passion for American Folk Art started at a young age while growing up on the seaside in Majorca, Spain. Though unable to articulate it from such an early age of six when he learned to sew by his aunt and mother, making intricate jackets out of recycled jean materials and American memorabilia, “Vintage revival is something relevant to the American story of today and something I focus on with this collection."
Highlights of the collection?
The jacket is a focal point of the collection. The collection is like a quilt, every piece is made up of separate pieces that can be added or removed according to the changing environment of a woman as she moves throughout her day. The collection includes military coats & victorian bustle, quilted jackets, felted wools and furs, mother of pearl, crystal beadwork, embroidered lace, recycled patchworks, and cotton appliqué, The theme of the 1950s-inspired skirt and dress silhouette permeates the collection. One particular story to the collection is the “bustle”, an idea inspired by the Victorian ladies and Christian Dior. A design invention meant to challenge the silhouette of today’s woman, slenderizing the torso and adding dramatic focus to the buttocks.
Designers who have influenced you?
Oscar de la Renta for his particular investment into exploration of the woman’s silhouette, and Ralph Lauren for his revolutionizing take on American nostalgia and themes. "In the end, I follow my inner voice and intuition for inspiration. You need to follow your passion and trust the messages each of us are lucky enough to receive when on the right life path, no matter how small. The rest falls into place."
Photos by Kristinn Kis