Interview with Fashion Designer Heather Spears

What kind of work do you do, or what are you studying to be?

I always jam my workday packed with a lot of different creative avenues; from design sketches to technical pattern making and garment construction and everything in-between. It feels like I am always on my toes!

Is fashion important to you? Why?

Fashion has always been important to me. I feel like it is a magnificent way to express yourself. What we wear can symbolize how we feel, things we love, and who we are. I feel like fashion has been an emotional support system for me and helps me feel good about myself, even when my mind is telling me otherwise. A cute outfit lifts my spirits more than it should, but I can’t help the fact that fashion makes me happy.

What are your successes and how did you achieve them?

The fashion industry has been full of so many trials for me. It seems like finishing every project is at least a minor success, no matter how big or small, they each have their own little feeling of accomplishment. Being from a background of custom, more elaborate, and “out-there” creations, some of my favorite successes are on the whacky side.

Is the name of the Brand important to you when you buy clothing?

The quality I wear is far more important to me than the actual brand name of the product. Brands are fun, but I feel they are something to be careful of. I don’t want to wear items just because of their name, but I wear what makes me feel my best.

Describe your personal style of clothing?

My personal style teeters between very outlandish and crazy to extremely dialed back and classy and nothing in-between. I either love to be that over-dressed showstopper or poised and elegant. I know those things don’t always walk hand-in-hand, but that is the best way to describe my personal style.

How did you find your personal style? Do you have a signature look?

That might be my biggest trouble, I don’t think I ever found my personal style. There are people out there that make your jaw drop and you could point at something and know it’s so them. I have so much respect for that, but know it’s not me. I like so much about fashion that one ascetic will never be just me because I think highly of styling yourself in different ways. Maybe someday I’ll settle down, but for now, I’m going to jump from one style to the next until I can decide on who I want to be.

Do you have an influence on other people’s clothing style?

I am the go-to gal in my friend’s group for what to wear. I can’t help but talk about clothes so much that I think the answer to this one has to be as simple as “yes”. Now, I don’t know if I can take credit for being a good style influence… you can just call me the fun style influence if you want to (haha)

What are in your eyes the best trends at the moment?

Oh wow, that is a brilliant question! One of the big things I see I am in love with for spring/summer 2021 is painted denim bottoms. When you talk about fashion, expressing who you are, it doesn’t get better than painted denim because that can be anything. I have seen things like beautiful flowers on cut-off shorts to full pant legs done by hand from amazing artists. I love it all and hope to see this continue to grow in popularity; not only does it give an outfit some fun pops of casual color, but in just a second I can tell a bit about the person wearing them I may never know otherwise. I think that’s pretty cool.

What are in your eyes the worst trends at the moment?

I am so not a fan of overly small bags. I know they are great for adding little bits of color, but when I’m carrying a bag, it’s like a black hole. You can pull anything out of that thing if you’re in a pinch. I can’t make good use out of a bag smaller than a decimal. As cute as they are in appearance, I don’t think they are functional enough for a girl like me who likes to carry everything and the kitchen sink.

What kind of fashion advice would you give us?

When it comes to what you wear, just be you. We live in a time where being yourself is more important and accepted than ever. I feel like fashion walks hand-in-hand with that. Wear what makes you feel good, wear what makes you feel beautiful or cool, be strange if you want to be as long as you can look in the mirror and see the wonderful person who you are looking back at you. When we see someone else killing it with being who they are; smile and know that their expression is a win for all of us.

Who is your style icon and why?

Gosh, there are so many impressive icons in style to choose from. I always lean towards people who go as far as their imagination can take them. Right now, I feel like appreciating Lady Gaga for every eye-turning moment she’s ever made possible through fashion, but also for her ability to keep a collected sophistication in her look. And you can’t forget about her overall support of others being their unique selves, either.

Is there something else you would like to share with us?

Thank you so much for the opportunity to talk fashion with you!

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