FIRST KISS

...our first kisses were with each other

Tomer Almoznino and Diana Bazeli are the designers behind "First Kiss" label. The designers live and work in Tel-Aviv , Israel. The first time they met, they were both 12 years old and experienced their First Kiss. Years later, all grown up, they met again and that is of course where it all started. Realising they both shared a similar passion, they decided to take it to a whole new level combining their visions, goals and talents. The label's vision is to embrace both new and classic perspectives on elegant fine fabric combined with washed and dyed fabrics. Bazeli is focused on textile and print, whereas Almoznino concentrates more on silhouette and drape. All of their masterpieces are made in Tel-Aviv by the most prestigious tailors and high quality fabric.

Nothing inspires me like...
A good exhibition. We both love spending our time in art galleries and museums. We love to travel abroad before we start working on a new collection to get inspiration from different countries and artists we don't know. In fact our A/W collection is inspired by the photographer Wolfgan Tillmans; there is something so human in his pictures, something simple, they're not perfect. The pictures are aesthetically pleasing and clean. One can see that simplicity reflected in our collection.

I hope...
That right now we are focusing on working closer with art. With the fabric that we are developing, the aim is to see it come to life in a new way. Another big goal we have is to spread our collection globally and to be a part of London Fashion Week.

Cultural influences...
Art Nouveau is one of our biggest influences. Everything in Art Nouveau relates to us; even the name "New Art." We see our garments as very modern, clean and related to the female body. In fact, Antwerp is one of the cities we traveled to before working on our A/W 12 collection and where we found the influence from Art Nouveau .

I got where I am...
For Diana it was an easy choice as her upbringing was surrounded with fashion, with a father in the industry and a grandmother who taught her to sew at an early age, Diana´s love of fashion was triggered early and made it an obvious career choice. But for Tomer it was also an easy choice as he always knew that he wanted to be an artist and chose to focus on fashion. Then he just never gave up.

Fashion can sometimes...
Be a good gateway to creativity and making our fantasies come true. It´s good to be part of a process and to create something new.

My first crush...
Actually, we were each other's first crushes. We grew up in the same city as youngsters. Our first kisses were with each other. It was only years later when we met again that we discovered that we share a mutual passion for design and tailoring.

NYC/London/Paris/Milan is...
Mmm yummy. We hope that it will never end for Tomer as London is his favourite city after living there for four years, but for Diana its NYC. However we have both been to each city together and we still don't know where we are going to find ourselves. Tomer says London. Diana, NYC.

Studios make me...
Relax and be quiet. We can both be in the studio all night and just work. Sometimes we won't even talk. It's a place where we can just find our creative side and everyday we feel like we are discovering a new baby.

I scream when...
While we were working on our collection, we spent most of our time with each other but only good things come out of it in the end.

I dance like...
We both go out and dance with our mutual friend once a week...we each dance in our own way but Diana says Tomer dances crazy on the dance floor.