Edwige Pierre Presents: Intermezzo AW16

Introducing the new guy on the block, Edwige Pierre. This menswear brand has launched its second collection titled, Intermezzo for your sartorial pleasure. The driver behind the brand is NYC based Joshua Washington. After receiving his masters from Polimoda in Florence, Italy, Mr.Washington created his brainchild, named after his late grandmother Edwige. 

The references for each garment can be traced back to his days living in Europe while traveling all over the world. Intermezzo takes us back to the Vienna Sucession movement. This period was a thriving time for Austrian painters, architects, and sculptors. We had the opportunity to be on location during the lookbook shoot at Internum, one of Houston's premier home decor boutiques. The usage of various structural elements within the lookbook serve as a representation of the infamous Gustav Klimt, the leader of the movement whose claim to fame was tied to his supreme skill as a decorator. 

The term Intermezzo was coined from Joshua's believe that his collections are interludes or preludes of the ideation process of his mental. As a budding designer we cannot wait to see where his creative thoughts continue to lead him. 

We got the opportunity to ask Joshua what his definition of a composer is and does he think that he's one is his own right.

  "A composer is someone or something that can unify multiple elements to create a unique experience. I do believe I am one to some extent, but I'm still learning."

Visit: edwigepierredesigns.com

 

 

 

Model: @theurbanesavant || Photographer: Emil Browne

CompoZer Spotlight: Doreen Caven

Meet Doreen Caven, one of three of the fantastic trio behind the budding brand, Caven Etomi. This beauty took time out to speak with us about the brand's inner workings, humble beginnings, and the part she plays in making the garments and visuals come to life! 

What role do you play in the CavenEtomi trio? 

I am a co-creative director of Caven Etomi. Our company is so small that we, the co-founders wear multiple hats. Alongside my partners, I oversee production, brand management and social media management. 


You have spent time both stateside and abroad in Africa, describe the difference of feels both places give you.

I grew up in Lagos, Nigeria and moved to the U.S at age 16. I have lived in America now, almost as long as I did in Nigeria, I would say that both places feel very much like home right now. Nigeria has such a strong sense of family. I would say that being home you interact so much more with people around you that are not your immediate family. There is that strong connection between people- even while out here you have that same kinship when you run into fellow Nigerians. That feeling of comradery is something that you don't find as much here in the states.  


What were you doing before you decided to develop your line of clothing?

I was in grad school, getting a Master's degree in Epidemiology. I also was a Fashion & Lifestyle blogger for The4acesdate.com.


What is one misconception people have of you?

I am an introverted extrovert. I am a social person among my group of friends and social media captures that aspect of my personality. Most people meet me and expect me to be more outgoing and outspoken, and I am mostly just shy, quiet and reserved. I get "You are not what I thought you would be" ALL the time. 


Which collection has been your favorite up until now? Why?

 Our IDIA collection has been my favorite and it's because it was our first introduction to creating the brand, Caven Etomi. We spoke about creating a product all the time, but had no idea when we would  have the time to do it since we really all had very different lives and lived in different cities (D.C, NY & Lagos). We wanted a desirable trendy product that had African influences and something that would be appreciated by both Africans & International fashion lovers alike. Creating our first samples of the IDIA collection was a very awesome moment for us. We had no idea if people would love it, understand our concept, or if they would be moved to actually purchase it. We had no solid ideas on how to promote it, we at the time only had our own personal social media accounts. We uploaded a selfie wearing the T-shirt to all our accounts and we had multiple orders that day. We didn't even have a website or a way to purchase it. It galvanized us to realize that we had a shot. We went back to the drawing board and constructed a business plan and decided on how we wanted to produce, distribute & brand our company using this first collection, and the rest is history. 


If you guys could collaborate with anyone on a particular product, what would that product be, and who would it be with?

I would like to collaborate on a line of African inspired Apparel for a huge brand like H&M or Target. I think it would be amazing for an African designer to have that opportunity to be the storytellers of contemporary African Fashion in a global market.


What is your favorite part of creating a visual from a simple thought?

My favorite part is seeing it come to life. From a mockup design to holding a finished sample or a campaign concept to seeing it in print, I just love seeing an idea come alive. 


What is your definition of a composer? Do you feel as if you exhibit those characteristics?

My definition of a composer aligns with my definition of a creative. I am a creative so yes, I feel like I exhibit those characteristics. Making desirable ideas come to life is a huge part of working for Caven Etomi. 

You can find out more about Caven Etomi here:  cavenetomi.com

Follow Doreen in IG: @doreencaven

CompoZer Spotlight: Esmesha Campbell

Ever pay any attention to the credits before some of the articles from your favorite sites? Trust me, the words don't just magically appear on their own! Meet Esmesha Campbell, staff writer for Fashion Bomb Daily. Here she tells all on how she landed this great gig and gives us a peak into what the industry is like for a fashion writer. 

Tell us why you decided to get into (fashion) journalism?

EC: Well, first off, writing has always been a passion. Since childhood, I can remember keeping journals and penning my own stories. It’s a God-given talent that has allowed me to capture some amazing opportunities. With that, I kind of stumbled upon fashion journalism. Fashion has always housed a special place in my heart and I thought “Why not combine the two?” After Claire announced the possibility of bringing new talent into the Fashion Bomb team, I immediately jumped at the chance to work with her. I initially started working with Fashion Bomb Daily in 2014 – I began as an intern and eventually landed a permanent slot as one of the contributing writers!


What is the writing process for you? Are you given topics to write about or do you have free reign to speak on things in the industry that interest you?

EC: There is no set structure to my writing process and I literally write what I feel. The Fashion Bomb is set to focus on a diverse spectrum of fashion. So, many of the topics discussed are geared towards grasping the attention of women and men from all walks of life, particularly African-Americans. As fashion writers, we have the power to pick and choose what we post.


How has your HBCU education shaped your development in your field?

EC: Wow! This is an excellent question. My time at Prairie View A&M University taught me the significance of taking pride in any and everything I set out to do. I believe my HBCU education also helped to cultivate this talent that I now rely on day in and day out. My professors were my backbone when it came to writing, I mean, there was never a time where they didn’t encourage me to pursue it – heck, my International  Relations professor even helped me get a job as a writing tutor! The positivity was like no other. I also believe there’s a certain confidence that HBCU alumni exude and I think it stems from the love and deep respect for their institutions. 


What do you think separates FashionBombDaily from other media outlets?

EC: As previously mentioned, Fashion Bomb Daily is a blog specifically designed for women and men of color. In comparison to other media outlets, it’s rare to find sites that cater to the needs and interests of our people. I think our blog fills a void that is evident within the blogosphere. Before I started working on the site, I was an avid reader and supporter. I loved the fact that I could log on and get lost in the multitude of posts! It was amazing. Not only did I enjoy the witty commentary and the women who looked like me, but I could relate as well and that was the fulfilling part. 


What is your end career goal? Does it even involve what you are doing now?

EC: Ultimately, my dream career involves fashion writing. I absolutely love it! There’s no greater escape than immersing yourself within your art. Who knows, maybe I’ll end up working with Essence or Ebony! The sky is the limit. You know, life is funny. We, as humans, go through phases of growth. When I graduated college, I had an idea of what I wanted to do with my life but I wasn’t happy. Of course, I felt accomplished but that overwhelming sense of uncertainty was killer. Now, almost two years later, I’m beyond proud. I’ve gone through so many jobs and internships to get to Fashion Bomb Daily and I’m sure there is someone out there living the same struggle but just know it’s temporary – change is inevitable. Don’t be afraid to pursue your passion. Trust me.


If someone wanted to do what you are currently doing as a writer, what advice would you give them? 

EC: I can’t stress this enough but my advice would be to utilize every opportunity possible while remaining consistent in your journey. You never know where life will take you, I’m a living witness. Yes, the fear of putting yourself out there is immense but the reward is even greater. People will patronize you for chasing your dreams but you have to possess a strong sense of self in order to see your goals come to fruition. So, whether it’s taking that low-paying job as a student tutor or writing papers for a little extra cash, just know that you’re conditioning your craft for greater opportunities. In addition, I’d also advise up-and-comers to get out there and network! I didn’t truly understand the power of networking until I had the chance to collaborate with Tameka Raymond via Claire Sulmers. It was beyond surreal.


Besides people like Shiona Turini or Chioma Nnadi you really don’t see many black editors in the fashion arena. What’s your view on that?

EC: It’s crazy, we actually addressed this issue not too long ago on the blog. There is a lack of African-American representation in the fashion world, period. I mean, even on the runway, the same faces are constantly portrayed. Upon realizing this, it just serves as fuel for me. It’s motivation to continue this journey. Although these are highly successful women I look up to and revere from afar, it’s comforting to know that making it to the top is within destiny’s reach. I also see this as a clarion call to minority fashion lovers everywhere! Let’s get out there and make things happen!


What is your definition of a composer? Do you think you are one in your own right?

EC: A composer is an artist. A composer is “unique”.  A composer is brave. A composer is fearless. A composer is one who creates his or her own path. A composer is a rebel. A composer is innovation at its best. And, yes, I am a composer.

 

Connect with Esmesha! 

IG: esmesha_campbell

CompoZer Spotlight: Denola Adepetun

Denola,  or Denolagrey as the world knows him is on the brink of reaching the highest levels of media personalities in the diaspora. Get to know him for a bit now because he's coming to a TV screen near you! 

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CompoZition: How would you describe what it is you do to a random stranger?

DA: Essentially I am a men's style and fashion enthusiast that blogs his personal style and has now taken it a step further into being a media personality . I generate content for shows I am part of which usually pertain to men's style. I am also a freelance fashion consultant 


CompoZition: What are the perks of your job that you enjoy the most?

DA: I am in charge of my schedule and I get to have fun and make a living just by being myself 


CompoZition: You were raised in Nigeria but attended university in the states, how do you think that has shaped your outlook on fashion?

DA: I think I was formally introduced to my fashionable self in the states .. It has and will always be influenced by trends that come out of the states . Also because the states is such a melting pot of different cultures , I have a less myopic view about trends and fashion risks .


CompoZition: Which designers from the continent (Africa) should we be on the lookout for? Why?

DA: Orange Culture , David Tlale , Laurence Airline. This is because these three brands have used innovation to put out collections that actually make people excited about fashion again. They're all bold in their resolve and it shows in the execution of their respective collections .


CompoZiton: Do you think you would have progressed this much in your career if you were to have stayed stateside?

DA: I think for what I'm doing it is pretty saturated there. Here , I can confidently say that I am the first of my kind . Would I have loved to do what i   doing now , in the states? Of course!!but it's easier to get international recognition from here .. It's all about supply and demand .


CompoZition: What is one misconception you feel Americans have about Africans in the industry?

DA: I feel that they do not rate  our ability to create our own designs out of innovation. I think they feel like we are not as fashion forward as they are which in all honesty is very far from the truth . The average nigerian is a peacock. He/she loves to look good . We stay on top of trends worldwide and in our own backyard .


CompoZition: What is your definition of a compoZer? Do you think you exhibit some of those characteristics?

DA: I think a compoZer is someone who is chill and has reached a level of self awareness to where they are confident in their outlook on things and are able to create under any circumstance. Indefinitely thing I am a compoZer .. I don't take myself too seriously , but I am also confident in the kind of person I have become . This has helped me advance significantly 

Want to keep up with Denola?

Website: www.denolagrey.com || IG: @denolagrey