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I had the pleasure of meeting and chatting with Fashion Designer Kevan Hall on his visit to New Orleans.
The Detroit-born, Los Angeles based designer; Hall’s fashion does not follow trends, but leads the path in beautiful, hallmark gowns that offer a glamorous twist for today’s modern woman. He has built an amazing fashion brand that reflects how he embraces haute couture as an interpretive art form while redefining glamour for the now generation.
Here’s a recap of our conversation.
What inspires you when you’re creating a collection? (Bold)
KEVAN HALL: I am continually inspired by old Hollywood glamour; referencing old films, as well as art. Also, I take advantage of doing vintage shopping as I travel. It’s attention to details put into these fashions that inspire me most to create and achieve styles that will withstand the test of time.
Who do you design for? (Bold)
KEVAN HALL: The women that wear my fashions are modern, with a strong sense of style with a love for glamour but require ease and comfort in what she wears. She follows fashion, but definitely is not a slave to it.
Would you say your fashion flatters all body types? (Bold)
KEVAN HALL: Absolutely! I cut for size 2 and up. I enjoy dressing women of all body sizes and types because all deserve to look and feel glamorous.
Who have you dressed? (Bold)
KEVAN HALL: It’s always a pleasure to dress renowned stars such as Vanessa Williams, Jada Pickett Smith, and Oscar nominee, Ruby Dee. To see my gown gliding across the red carpet at such events as the Grammy or Emmy Awards is most gratifying. However, I get just as much pleasure dressing the ladies of New Orleans for any Mardi Gras Ball, or special occasion taking place in this fascinating city.
EXAMINER: You have been tagged as the “Go-to-Guy” for red carpet events. What do you say to that? (Bold)
KEVAN HALL: I like that (chuckling). I’m humbled by that statement and very flattering. But I’ve been fortunate to have built great relationships with many celebrities that return to me to dress them time and again. I don’t take anything for granted and realize that my designs have to continually offer some distinctive element.
Do you ever feel stagnate in the creative process? (Bold)
KEVAN HALL: NO. NEVER (laughing).
KEVAN HALL: NEVER. I’m prolific and I do lots of sketching. One sketch can actually evolve and turn into a number of different things…one dress, can become a gown, become a blouse, become a jacket…and it just continues to flow. The creative process is an easy process; however, the execution can be challenging and it’s all in the editing. In other words, deciding what is going to have that ‘must-have’ appeal…what is press worthy…what cause interest and excitement on the runway…but what will also address the needs of what women want. And that is what becomes the agony – how to balance it all – because it is all about dollars and cents.
What words of wisdom can you offer to an emerging designer just trying to break into the business? (Bold)
KEVAN HALL: The key is to find your niche’, know what is already out there and figure out what will set you a part. Once you’ve figured that out stay focused and follow your vision.
Visit the website: www.kevanhalldesigns.com and follow-on Facebook and Instagram @kevanhalldesign.