Ebony & Ivory scarves have just hit Matchesfashion.com and are top of every fashion editor’s spring/summer 2010 list. Designer Bianca Vaitl talks to
Fashion-Editor about her collection
Q: A blend of Palestinian, Tibetan and skull printed scarves, they are quite a mix! What made you do it?
A: There wasnâ€™t a special idea about the different prints. I just wanted to create a really long scarf and thereby a new and individual scarf look.
Q: Each is beautifully decorated with lines of love poetry and quotations â€“ such a fabulous concept. Where did the idea come from?
A: I select each quotation myself and the idea is that they give the wearer strength and individuality.
Q: Who wrote the poetry featured on the scarves?
A: I get them from a little book my mother once gave me as a gift.
Q: Do you have a favourite quote?
A: My favourite ones are:
â€˜Donâ€™t dream your life, live your dreams!â€™
â€˜Veni, vedi, vici (I came, saw and won)â€™
Q: How should they be worn? What with?
A: You can be dressed casually and just wrap the scarf around your outfit for an upgrade.
Q: Mischa Barton is a fan and has worn one of your scarves. How did she find out about Ebony & Ivory?
A: My great agency Lainey Fashion in London made it possible. Her stylist visited the showroom and picked one out for her for a shoot she was doing for ASOS magazine. She loved it so much she asked to keep it! I think Mischa Barton is fab.
Q: Gisele Bundchen and Heidi Klum also wear Ebony & Ivory. Do they have favourite styles?
A: Iâ€™m so honoured and blessed that they both are wearing my scarves! They both have the long cotton scarf with skulls on. Heidiâ€™s is personalised with her childrenâ€™s names on, which I made especially for her.
Q: Tell us about White Raven, the team who makes them.
A: White Raven is a non-profit group that teaches job skills to the handicapped. By buying my scarves every customer directly supports a good social cause. It’s really important to me as I think every member of our society and entrepreneurs have a responsibility for the weaker ones within society.
Q: How have you found the journey so far?
A: I owe most of it to my family, my friends and my agencies; without them I would never have come so far. But itâ€™s still a long way to go.
Q: Did you enjoy your modelling days?
A: It was a good experience but it was always clear to me that I would never model for the rest of my life. What Iâ€™m doing now makes me happier.
Q: Is there a memorable job from your modelling days? A big campaign or funny story?
A: My first job was a TV spot for Clearasil but I didnâ€™t have any pimples. Actually the only thing Iâ€™m blessed with is a spot and acne free face.
Q: What advice would you give a young model starting out in the industry?
A: Think of doing something else!
Q: Which designers do you admire?
A: Balmain, Vera Wang, Valentino, Halston and of course Ebony & Ivory!
Q: Whatâ€™s your personal style? Whatâ€™s your uniform?
A: Jeans, t-shirt, heels and scarf
Q: What’s your golden fashion rule?