This is a new feature to my site. I want to take the time to get to know about the designers that I love to wear – what drives them to create, what inspires them, what they see for the future of their designs. I also want to find out what they enjoy about SL and in the process possibly find new things that I can explore as well. So as I got to thinking, I figured, if I was interested, my readers might be, too, so I decided to share. Please let me know, if there are designers you would like to see featured here, and I will try to get interviews. My plan is to move the past interviews to an archive so that new readers or old can come back and see them at a later time.
My first ever featured designer is a good friend and inspiration Anais LeShelle, designer and creator of ~ Anais Designs ~:
me: So, Ana would it be ok if I did a little informal interview here with the fabulous head designer for one of my favorite SL stores, Anais Designs?
me: hehehe giggles
Anais: ummm yeh I suppose I’ve never done this before LOL
me: Well, I am sure it won’t be the last time someone wants to interview you 😀
ok, so … Ana, what motivated you to first start getting into fashion and designing fashion in SL?
I can call you Ana, right? lol
Anais: yes of course 🙂
So…um well I myself am a fashion addict and love to shop and I have been doing so quite a bit in SL ever since I logged on the first time ( and my husband has the missing hair to prove it also). So, after some encouraging of my dear friend and husband I set about to figure out the graphic tools and went about it. Whenever I go shopping I love the items I see and buy but there’s always that niggling voice in the back of my head saying ‘yeh but what if you changed this or that’ so I’ve started doing the clothes I would like to wear and if others like them as much as me, its a bonus 🙂
me: So, you would say that you design to make yourself happy and suit your own personal style, and it is just an added bonus that others are finding your style suits them as well?
Anais: yes that is the main motivation, obviously its nice if it helps enlarging my ever-growing virtual shoe closet (thats one thing I don’t design myself….yet) when others appreciate my work and buy the occasional piece for themselves
me: How would you classify your style, if you were forced to? could you?
Anais: hmmm thats a really tough question, since it totally depends on my mood but I will try:
I love classic pieces (like the little black etui dress a la Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s) but I also love casual day to day wear. I suppose what makes it tick is that there has always to be the certain sexiness underlying, a certain class (and I don’t define class by where the hemline of skirts end necessarily 😉 ) I’m a big fan of ‘leave something to the imagination’ however little it may be 🙂
((hope I’m doing ok so far o.O))
me: you are doing faaaaaaaaaabulous, darling 😀
Anais: mwah mwah
cracks her neck ok hit me with the next one lol
me: So … does what you have described as your personal style also fit how you would describe your designs for the public?
Or do you gravitate more to one particular type of clothes more than another in your designs for Anais Designs?
Anais: definitely… I have a wide array of items that I made, from jeans and buttoned shirts to clubwear to elegant eveningwear to knit dresses. if i would have to put a label on my stuff I’d say classic chic overall. I haven’t done anything latex or fetishwear, for example, so far but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t in future include elements of that in my designs
me: Now I have to call you on that statement … I love that high waisted black skirt of yours and I would say that is on the fringe of fetish. 😀 At least, I feel naughty sometimes when I wear it.
Anais: ((wait got an addition to that))
me: sure go ahead
Anais: I also haven’t yet but plan to include ethnic patterns and designs in my clothes in future, but I have so many ideas all at the same time its hard to get it done all in a short amount of time.
OK, next question.
me: What are the main sources (SL or RL ones) of your design inspiration? would you say there are particular designers (SL or RL ones) that you favor over others?
Anais: Waaaiiit what about your other question??? I getting confused lol
and whatcha laughing about? =P
Ash: now i have to call you on that statement … I love that high waisted black skirt of yours and I would say that is on the fringe of fetish. 😀 At least, I feel naughty sometimes when I wear it.
Anais: “I haven’t done anything latex or fetishwear, for example, so far but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t in future include elements of that in my designs.”
Ash: Now, I have to call you on that statement … I love that high waisted black skirt of yours and I would say that is on the fringe of fetish. 😀 At least, I feel naughty sometimes when I wear it.
I guess I am just laughing cause I always have so much fun with you
and picturing you sitting there pondering the questions makes me smile
Anais: XD ok so you want me to answer to that one? XD
Anais: yeh I’m a bit nervous =P
me: that wasn’t a question just me teasing you
and reacting to what you said
conversation not just questions
so the question I do want you to answer is “What are the main sources (SL or RL ones) of your design inspiration? would you say there are particular designers (SL or RL ones) that you favor over others?”
me: turns down the light on the lamp poor ana feels she is roasting under 😀
Anais: Yes, I definitely have my favorite designers in real life and second life (doesn’t necessarily mean im able to afford them ) so in real life I would say that I love kenzo, gucci, dior, oscar de la renta, fendi, cavalli. As for the more affordable brands, I would have to say that I love Zara. in second life my favorite designers (whose kids must be able to go to ivy league colleges by now concerning the amounts i spent there 😉 ) would definitely be Zaara, LeeZu, League, Muism, Tyranny, UK Couture, Truth, CE Cubic, Canimal, Apple May Designs, Maitreya and oh so many others :-))
Nyte n Day also
me: Now that you are amongst the group of SL creators facing challenges in being able to create their vision in world, what do you find to be the most challenging about being a creator and designer in SL? How about the most difficult thing in running a Fashion house?
Anais: Apart from prim limits on my shop-plot and inflexible sculptie prims? 😉 i suppose my main problem is the process from getting an image or idea in your head to the exact execution of that idea in-world, the problems may vary from design to design, it may be not finding the adequate sculptie prim (I’m not able to make those myself yet but I’m working on that) to not finding the proper advertising means. there are many things to consider, also IM really not good with everything that comes after the designing, like the tedious after work for example putting everything up for sale, making sure the properties on the items are all what they are supposed to be etc. obviously IM only speaking for myself here, most likely that is just me trying to run before I can walk and I’m sure there will be different problems for other designers and my problems will change over time. I would say the biggest problem is the various SL restrictions that are opposed on us.
oops maybe a bit long? lol
me: No, that was perfect
We have talked a lot about your fashions but now you have me wondering … what is it about SL that has you continuing to log on day after day? What is the thing you enjoy most about your time in SL?
Anais: Well, I have been on SL since December 06 and only started with the designing beginning of this year so I’m still big on the ‘all work and no play is not good’ the thing that got me hooked on SL in the first place is still the main factor for my daily logging on: the possibilities of meeting all kind of people from all over the world, that you wouldn’t meet else wise. just as an example I met my RL husband of one year on SL and also the best friendship I have ever found RL or SL has its roots in SL. I don’t see it as a game like others its a platform for me, and I don’t see the people I meet as players but as people with feeling on the other end of the line as well. that and the endless possibilities you have here…you want to be a neko, pixie, vampire, robot, demon, what have you, you can be it. it just has endless possibilities for any kind of creativity.
me: So now that I know why you keep coming back to SL, what do you enjoy the least about SL? and any suggestions for how to improve that?
Anais: I’m not a techie person so I cant say really how to improve things but stuff that annoys me most is lag obviously and voice problems, group IM problems etc. I also wouldn’t mind if the lindens would stop charging money to upload textures 😉 but I suppose I have to live with that grins
me: That all sounds very reasonable and par for the course ….
So given that this was your first public interview in your role as a fashion designer, would you still say yes to the interview if you could start all over?
Anais: If I would get the promise it would be done with the same charming interrogator errrr interviewer again yes of course XD
me: you are such a charmer