Konrad Parol

...to dream is to live

Before I started working under other designers, I was robbed of my entire oeuvre: several years of work by my so-called fashion agent, who was to represent me in London. I’ve lost everything; two collections, a lot of money and what was worse, my self-confidence and my desire to do what I do. I thought I could not recover. It was really tough for me. So I needed to clean my decks and delete all negative emotions. That was the main reason to design my first men's collection. After this experience I concluded that designing for guys would give me a freedom that I would have never had designing for women. I’m in a freer, more mature place now. It makes me wild with joy and pleasure. When I presented my first men's collection, it was a huge challenge for me because I was previously designing exclusively for women. I believe in the rule “Man first, idea second”. It is important for me that a man gets dressed, not dressed up; assuming that each outfit has to suit a particular situation. I design for people who are brave and appreciate originality. I don't accept compromises. My fashion is not democratic. I design for those who value comfort and perfect workmanship. I don’t want to shock, but I like to make my collections opposite to global views and opinions. I would like to remain a child forever and constantly play with fashion from the very beginning. I don’t want to follow the generally accepted trends or norms, I want to delineate from them.

Nothing inspires me like…
I didn’t have to look far to find my inspiration: I started to listen to my own needs, focus on who I am, what I dream of and how I would like to be understood. Inspirations are everywhere around us. They surround us at every step. Everything you need to carefully observe is available. I feel sometimes like a lens focusing on everything that surrounds me. All focal points are concentrated in a strong stream of consciousness that is, in my case the new idea, a vision of beauty, a sense of aesthetics.

I hope…
For so many things that I did not have enough space or time, I can express them all here. I hope that what I do makes sense. That it is valuable and gives satisfaction not only me but also people around me. I hope that at the end of the story which I now write, I will able to look myself in the eye and not regret anything.

Cultural influences…
Now there is such eclecticism of everything. Sometimes it's hard to pick out specific effects. Today is a new yesterday. It has already past. Development needs new stimuli from outside influences. It seems to me that in the current geopolitical situation is west-centric but needs to shift east where influences of culture and heritage, choked modernity (historical preservation) are getting lost.

I got where I am...
By hard work, determination and belief in what I do, no matter what others have said. I was one of few in high school who actually knew what they wanted to do. I knew it very early and strove for it by all possible means. Sometimes I wonder how and where I got all this enthusiasm. I have often wondered whether or not to throw it all away and go somewhere far away, disappear. But on the other hand, it would be foolish of me to give up everything I worked for. What I earned, because I got nothing for free. I'm standing to fight in the trenches of resistance and put every adversity aside, because this is my passion, my DNA, my love. When others go, fashion stays, I've only loved fashion. I would like to leave something behind, to save the human consciousness, fashion gives me this possibility, it is the carrier of my vision.

Fashion can sometimes...
Make the dream become a reality. As in my case, to dream is to live. This is not an easy road, because dreams don`t like to compromise.Do not go for shortcuts they aren't worth it.

I scream when…
I'm helpless and powerless. When it seems that I did everything that was in my power, but it was not enough. When panic is so strong and a sense of doubt overwhelms me, screaming helps me!

Love now because…
If not now, then when?! For full happiness, I miss the purity love. This one unique thing, defying the laws of physics, rendering the flight. The curse of our times is that we chase success and recognition, and it seems to us that we are happy and fulfilled, but at some point we realize that we are alone without much sense.

I dance like…
Hahahaha... you have to see me. The way I dance is certainly unique. I sometimes remind remind myself of Tarzan, a monkey on the floor. Sometimes, it is schizophrenic-compulsive. This does not change the fact that I love to dance, but I do it my own way, like most things.

Cake makes me…
Get hungry. I'm terrible gourmand, I love sweets. The worst is at night when I'm working in the studio, I don`t do anything but go directly to the kitchen, refrigerator and cabinets to plunder the treasures hidden on various shelves.Cake is stronger than I am. I'm helpless when I see a bar of chocolate!

The earliest memory...
I have is of a cream-colored, corduroy suit, which I wore every Sunday to church. I hated being there. Nobody asked me for my thoughts. I was treated like a pet: best in show. Maybe that's why I now do not recognize the institution of the church and treat corduroy as one of the deadly sins.

My Mum...
Is the holiest person in the world. She is a saint. I never realized what she did for me. I am an only child, her pride and joy. Though we are not soul mates, and seldom understand each other, to me, she devoted her entire life, and I did not always appreciate it. Perhaps my world is strange and incomprehensible to her. But I still love her the most in the world.

NYC/London/Paris/Milan is…
My destiny. The road I choose ends in one of those places. I don`t know which of these cities I will work in yet. Maybe I will choose the alternative solution and settle in Shanghai. For now, I have not decided yet.

I tried to live...
In accordance with myself which is not easy. In the end I don`t know who I am and where I fit in, I am born anew every day.

Money makes…
Me a little calmer. It is said that money does not give happiness, but it solves a lot of mundane problems such as bills. I do not have excessive needs or any special desires, but I love knowing that I can afford to pay all obligations and I can be in peace and quiet to start up the creative engine .... so rarely it happens.