AND ALLURE were just a few of many words that ran
through my mind as the models strutted down the runway at the Abi
Ferrin springsummer 2010 fashion show. Many of Ferrins
designs ranged from long, elegant dresses to short and fun. They
included simplicity, creativity, and a slew of colours that were
mixed-and-matched, creating a mesmerizing effect.
The ﬁrst model to open the show wore a pair of
white shorts with beige heels to reveal elongated legs, accompanied
by a loud-coloured, loose tucked-in top, showing off the shoulders
with sleeves slightly sliding onto the arms. With each combination,
the models wore a slim head strap, adding a simple accessory where
casual wear transformed into sophisticated, sexy and original.
Ferrin began sewing at the tender age of six;
she worked in a sales job at large networks including Paramount
Pictures, soon attending red-carpet events, where she said that
she was in the position of playing the part. But in
order to afford playing such a part in the industry, she designed
her own clothing.
During an event, Extras
host, Dayna Devon, was in awe of the top Ferrin was wearing
and which she designed. Devon asked her where she got it. Ferrin
simply replied, I am a designer. Which is exactly what
Ferrin is now and has been ever since. Her reaction: I cannot
imagine myself doing anything else.
In an interview with the young designer, she explains
to us her techniques and her goal as a designer as well as a woman
serving to help other women in need.
Lucire: Could you explain to us the idea of the
documentary about the rainforest that was featured before the fashion
Ferrin: Really the core of my brand is the freedom and purpose.
Its not about pretty clothes and luxury, although that is
all apart of it. I thought everybody need to understand what Im
doing it for; and if I dont tell that story then there is
really no other way for me to do that. So I wanted people to know
what the inspiration was, what the heart of my company is and really
what were doing.
What was your inspiration for your springsummer 2010 collection?
[My inspiration] was the Osa Rainforest in Costa Rica in the Osa
Peninsula and its the most bio-diverse rainforest in the world.
I was brought down there by the Rainforest Discovery Initiative
and basically to start putting women of Osa to work in nature instead
of in opposition to it. They spent a week touring me around the
it was an amazing experience.
What do you look for when you are putting a collection together?
When Im putting together a collection, I have to be inspired,
otherwise its going to be translated incorrectly. I really
have to feel from the core of my being then it becomes something
that I become emerged in. So for the past five months, I have been
thinking about Costa Rican colours. What did I see in the rainforest?
How do I translate that? How do I make a cohesive collection, yet
still something that is wearable?
What are you hoping to achieve in the near future?
I call this collection Genesis, because I really think its
the beginning of a whole new level for me in terms of what Im
going to be able to do
I have gone through a lot of struggle
and worked really hard to get to this point. Now, I ﬁnally have
the team in place and I was ﬁnally able to show a collection that
represent what my abilities are. I hope to go global in selling
clothing and helping a lot of women
I am really excited!
Rola Saab reports from Paris and New York for Lucire.