Gothic, hellish, yet soft and angelic, Inbar Spector’s mind-blowing Spring/Summer 2012 collection shown during London Fashion Week puts her in our “designer favorite” list. Vogue already named Israeli-born Inbar Spector a “designer to watch” what with her talent for constructing crinolines and corsets that are beautifully complex yet wearable.
Behind the Inbar Spector SS12 collection
A great part of Inbar’s hometown in Israel was destroyed by a fire this year. Using visions of violence, fire, medical prosthetic devices and terrifying clinics, Inbar created her SS12 collection. Inbar comments, “In the Israeli conscious, public events and parties are linked to terror. When you go to a wedding or big party your first association is happiness mixed with great fear. This feeling inspired me throughout the process of creating this collection.” (from InbarSpector.com)
For her SS12 collection, Inbar was inspired by images of nightmares and hell, fashioning visions of a romantic, fiery underworld that we could not take our eyes off of. Inbar’s usual monochromatic palette had punches of gold, silver, peach and seafoam green. Constructed with lace, silks, zippers, chains and faux leather and paired with messy, haphazard hair styles, dark eyeliner and glittery lids, every model looked like an angel in hell. I got to interview Inbar about her background and inspirations. She’s definitely a kick ass designer to keep an eye on!
AMETHYST: How would you describe yourself in one word?
AMETHYST: Is any of your inspiration drawn from living in London?
INBAR: All of my inspirations come from what I’m going through; so in that case yes, living in London must have an effect on my design work.
AMETHYST: What songs were used for your SS12 runway show?
INBAR: The tunes I used for the show were songs I was listening to while creating the collection—Requiem by Mozart, Foster Care and Orbithal (The Box) — it was all mixed by the brilliant Todd Hart.
AMETHYST: Would you call yourself outrageous?
INBAR: I prefer to allow others the freedom to interpret my creations in their own way. If people think my designs are outrageous then I’m happy with that.
AMETHYST: Do you have any favorite pieces from your Spring collection?
INBAR: I’m not sure yet… but it’s probably between the jackets and my finale piece.
AMETHYST: When describing the inspiration behind the collection, you had said “In the Israeli conscious, public events and parties are linked to terror.” Could you expand on what you called the “Israeli conscious”?
INBAR: Israel is a small country which was raised by Second World War refugees and ever since then people live with a constant threat of Terror in the country. All of our perceptions are linked to the horror of the Holocaust and the Terror in our day to day lives—it influences our thoughts and everything we do, even if it’s subconscious.
AMETHYST: How has growing up Israeli affected you as a designer?
INBAR: Mainly the fear of terror or war images, something that every Israeli is aware of on a daily basis and also the fact that I’m an Israeli who lives in Europe, where the second world war happened and where everything started. The refugees of the war are the people who built Israel. Without them, I wouldn’t be an Israeli.
AMETHYST: What was the biggest challenge you’ve faced during your fashion design career and how did you overcome it?
INBAR: Making beautiful outfits that are also wearable is the one of the biggest challenges I face. I’m very proud that everything I make is wearable and compliments the person who wears it. I’m also very excited about opening my online store in October – everything from the collection will be for sale and this in itself has been another challenge.
AMETHYST: What advice would you give to people who are interested in pursuing a fashion design career?
INBAR: It’s important not to give up and to keep on pushing. It all starts with a decision on whether you want to do it and then you need to be proactive about it. After the decision is made – learn the technique… (how to make a traditional suit for instance) and then start to “destroy” it, play with it and change it.
AMETHYST: Finish this sentence. “Life is…”
INBAR: A very delicate thing that should not be taken for granted.
Thank you Inbar for the interview! Best of luck on your line—we can’t wait to see how far you will go!
by Amethyst Wang
Photos via Inbar Spector