#MBFWCT2013 Designer Q&A: Leigh Schubert

Fashion designer Leigh Schubert will be showcasing her latest range at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town 2013. She is most known for her sexy yet elegant and timeless but fresh garments. Although, her previous experience in retail has also taught her the importance of making commercially-viable clothing, hence her latest collection being a ready-to-wear tribal inspired range.

Photo by Simon Deiner/ SDR Photo
Photo by Simon Deiner/ SDR Photo

1) You worked in retail before launching your own label. What did you learn from this?

Everything! It’s important to understand the business and strategic side of fashion before launching your own label. Range planning, assorting, size curves etc. – it’s all so important. It’s not about just making clothes, it’s about selling them – and retail teaches you this.

Photo by Simon Deiner/ SDR Photo
Photo by Simon Deiner/ SDR Photo

2) How would you describe the Leigh Schubert style?

Interesting yet classic.

Photo by Simon Deiner/ SDR Photo
Photo by Simon Deiner/ SDR Photo

3) What goes into preparing for a Fashion Week?

Coming up with and developing a concept, sourcing materials, stressing, crying, drinking many glasses of wine ;)

Photo by Simon Deiner/ SDR Photo
Photo by Simon Deiner/ SDR Photo

4) What are you expecting at this year’s Cape Town Fashion Week?

A focus on ready-to-wear rather than avant-garde or couture. With a tough economic climate there isn’t budget for fairy tales. It’s about people wanting to wear what they see.

Photo by Simon Deiner/ SDR Photo
Photo by Simon Deiner/ SDR Photo

5) What will you be showing at the CTFW?

A bold, tribal inspired range of wearable separates and dresses. Unusual seams and panels and my signature texture made from laser-cut panels.

Follow Leigh on Facebook and buy tickets to the show here

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