KOLIN EKEOCHA

...getting inspired by pure nonchalance

I was raised in Hackney, and I’m still living in and loving the area. After leaving school, I was lucky enough to be able to turn my budding love of clothing and style into an area of professional study. The course at London College of Fashion provoked and encouraged my thirst to explore and research both my influences and my instinct. I went on to achieve a 2:1 in Fashion Design Menswear.

The inspiration for my collections usually tends to be of the roots-up variety, rather than the top down. I am more likely to feel the tingle of creative excitement watching the street, rather than the catwalk. I love to tease out and identify the unspoken trends which pepper London’s pavements, considering how they might be fused, twisted or magnified to create something new. It amazes me when I see someone put an outfit together fantastically without realising how major they look. For me as a designer, this is the best inspiration: pure nonchalance!

Some of me creations were inspired by the 80s, the decade in which I was born, and thus it is in a sense my own personal benchmark. It was a period of eclectic madness, which against all odds spawned both a sexual and a social revolution. Whether I am looking at the power dressing icons or the crude pornography I always find some fresh perspective.

The idea of using different fabrics such as chiffon, organza and silks to create an unusual design in men’s clothing interests me. Since graduating I have worked for several prestigious fashion houses, including Alexander McQueen, Preen, Deryck Walker and Iaonnis Dimitrousis. Now I am working on my personal project as well as freelancing for various artists.

My goal is...
To design clothes and sell them to people who love them even more than I do.

I live East...
Because, like the sun, it is where I like to rise every morning. It is the home of the bright, the fierce and the glorious.

My dream is...
To become successful and wealthy before I’m 35.

Creativity...
Is far more common than we care to admit. It can be born out of any sight or experience. What it requires is determination and focus to nurture it.

I wouldn't want to...
Do anything that doesn’t involve fashion.

If I could...
Change the world, I would like to help the poor and dispossessed. If that sounds like a shallow cliché, then perhaps that is indicative of how cynical we have become.

Love is...
Something which cannot be too highly rated; it not only brings happiness, but also, just as importantly, engenders confidence.

I scream when...
I see beautiful clothes, shoes and fabulous presents. No, really, I do.

My biggest regret...
Is not having done more by the age of 25.

I dance...
In front of my mirror before I get dressed every morning; it’s my way of keeping fit.

My future...
Is bright and full of wonderful adventures that I am hungry to experience.