Famous with his delicate couture, Nigel Chia has included 4 pieces couture in his collection, taking a more dramatic and extravaganza touch. Roses and beading are the main attraction, but not to forget the volume of the design which created by numerous pieces of round cut fabric as well as netting.
Not disappointing us with his 1st ever homme series, Nigel Chia created 4 pieces men wear form formal blazer to a long coat. What different from others are the laces and beading design in the homme series, proven that they are not a privilege of women wear, but men can be stylish in laces and beading too. Such details definitely not giving a feminine touch, but it make the collection classy indeed.
Bridal wear are always the expertise of Nigel Chia, surely he would never forget to include bridal coutures in the collection, form a classic mermaid cut dress to trendy short front cut dress corset, bringing us to go through a journey of Love. More beading work and dramatic detail design, but yet maintaining the trade mark of Nigel Chia, glamorous and chic always.
Below is a quick interview with Nigel Chia, the man behind this collection
What is the inspiration for this collection?
As the name of the collection, Je t’aime (Love) is the major inspiration. When we talk about love, it is closely related with flower, particular with roses. That’s the reason I have in cooperated a lot of roses into my design either in realistic and also in abstract form. All the roses are handmade from ribbons and being stitch one by one to the garments. The abstract form of roses comes from the volume design of the skirt particularly with lots of flare which create a volume yet flowy looked. A part of the roses, crystal and diamond are also a signature of love, which you can see a lot of heavy beading and swarovski among the designs. Black and white is the major colour I utilized for this collection. White symbolize the pureness of Love, reflecting selfless, toleration and loyalty; however black symbolize the evilness of Love, reflecting selfishness, jealousy as well as possessive.
What is the toughest while creating this collection?
The toughest part is non-other than the couture series. It took me hours and hours of beading, the detail work. Every single bead, sequins as well as the Swarovski is stitched on by hands. There are over hundreds of glass diamonds, Swarovski and roses, thousands of beads and sequins in this collection. A part of that, the process of developing my 1st series of high heels spent me a long period of time and hard work. The mold creation and trying out different materials almost make me crazy. But I am very satisfying with the result; they looked very good on Iple EID foot.
What is so special about this collection compare to your previous collection?
It is the largest and most expensive collection I ever had, featuring 18 pieces of garments. Besides, It is also my 1st and ever homme series. In the couture series, you can noticed that my design tend to be more dramatic and extravagant. I pay a lot of attention on the details too, such as jewellery, heels and bags. One of the most exciting moment is non-other than having 8 wonderful EID models to pose for my collection at the same time. I am speechless too when seeing all comes together. It is indeed very satisfying!
How long have you been preparing for this collection?
I start to do the design sketching since March, searching for the right fabrics and materials and start the sewing on June. There is a lot of works since I have to do all the stuff, from design, sewing, high heels, jewellery, bags to face up, hair styling and photography by my own. It spent me around 5 months to totally done it.
What make you decided to design shoes and handbags this time?
Shoes and handbags complete the look of any collection, they are as important as the dresses itself. I always looking forward to design shoes and bags previously, this collection allow me to make it a dream come true, since I have more time to work on them with my 4 months summer holiday.
Tell us more about your 1st HOMME collection.
I barely design for men previously because I always thought that there are limited variation designs upon male wear, but I have decided to try on men wear this time. Featuring 4 pieces in my fall winter 2011 collection, where I pay more attention on the details and cutting. It is all about lace, beads, sequin as well as chain which we seldom see them in men wears. The challenge of creating a homme collection is none other than the cutting; I have to modify my cut again and again to come out with the satisfying result.
Any last words for your collection?
Months of hard work with this collection and it comes to an end right now, I am very pleased with the result I created. So, I shall see you all in next Spring Summer 2012 Collection! Stay tune with NiGel.ChiA......
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