THE KIWI DESIGNER of Blak, Teresa
Hodges, never ceases to amaze with the wonderful innovations and
creations of her collections. Having been in the industry for nine
years now, she says, Experience has given me a fantastic grounding
and the knowledge and experience to be where I am today.
Designing her clothes to offer the perfect solution
to customers practical needs, her two lines, Blak Basics and
Blak Luxe, are comprised of pieces, that while flexible to the needs
of the individual woman, still make a statement on the wardrobe.
When asked what influenced her decision to get into
the field of fashion, Teresa says, I have always loved fashion,
I couldn’t see myself doing anything else. I’m addicted
It’s always evolving, always changing, nothing
ever stays the same, there’s never a dull moment! This
fondness for fashion is reflected in the spirit of the pieces in
the Blak collections.
The clothes Teresa designs are wearable, fresh and unique,
her collections appealing to a variety of age groups and style preferences.
Inspiration for the clothes come from environments Teresa finds
herself in and the designer admits, Fabrics are really key
for me, but also books and magazines, artists, blogs, movies, the
list goes on, it’s a very organic process.
She notes, I don’t have a muse per se to
inspire my collections. On the business side of things my family,
friends and colleagues definitely encourage and inspire me.
It is this strong support system that continues to allow Teresa
to expand her market by expanding Blak further in Japan and the
United Kingdom. It is this support that also keeps her grounded:
spending time with my children and husband are the best
way to unwind at the end of a chaotic day or week.
The more immediate future also bodes well for the line
with the impending New Zealand Fashion Week and launch of the winter
2012 collection. Blak has collaborated with an artist to create
an exclusive print for winter 2012, a development that Teresa excitedly
admits is amazingwe are loving that it brings the collection
together and tells the story about the theme and feeling of the
Blak, which will showcase its collections for the second
time next week at NZFW in Auckland,
will definitely be rocking the runway with its original designs.
Teresa says, I’m enjoying that I know what comes next
at each step in the preparations, it takes a lot of the stress out
of it. I’m looking forward to hearing the reactions to the
collection and also have a few key offshore media and buyers I am
looking forward to connecting with.
And for those who want to know what Teresa’s key
to success in the often cut-throat industry is, she exudes a love
for the trade when she responds, Be passionate, the more you
put in the more you will get out of it. With such a contagiously
optimistic attitude and bubbly persona, we are sure that Teresa
will continue to shine wherever she sets foot.
Sabine Ernest is a writer for Lucire.