Forget "outfits" -- DFW fashion designer Lindsay Weatherread's goal is to create uniquely structured looks she describes as "origami for your body."
A native Dallasite, Weatherread's work has been featured in ads for JCPenney, the Dallas Cowboys, and Neiman Marcus, just to name a few. Now, she splits time between working as the New Face and Development Director for The Campbell Agency in Dallas, and designing her own work, including organic lines for women and baby.
We talked with her about her design inspirations, what DFW means to her, and why finding the right guy is on her to-do list.
What inspires you as a designer?
"I am inspired by so many things it is sometimes overwhelming to choose a particular inspiration for a collection. These are some of my inspirations: the hand and texture of a fabric, I love extremes of fabric -- very sheer or mesh-like, or very grainy organic fabric. I love native and tribal costume. I like pulling design aspects from these. And of course, I am inspired by all of the great designers of our time."
How does living in DFW help your designs?
"Dallas is my home and always has been. I have a spectacular and inspiring group of friends and family that love and support me. They keep me grounded and they lift me up. I think that's the most important thing, wherever you live."
What are your favorite pieces to design?
"My faves are the pieces that I create on those days when you know the creativity is naturally flowing. Those are the days every artist waits for, and those are the days I look back at what I have done, and I know it's something special."
What seven words would you use to describe your style?
"Flowing, natural, organic, sculptural, strong, origami, detailed"
If you could design for a celebrity, who would you pick?
"Sienna Miller or Kate Moss. I love their confident natural boho style."
What's your 5 year plan? 10 year?
"[In] 5 years, my hopes are [that] I will have exclusive collections for Forty Five Ten -- my all-time fave store in Dallas and I long for them to carry my line. I want to have my business on lock-down and hope I will have perfected the process. I will have my collection in various boutiques throughout the US. I want it all -- a fab collection every season that continues to grow and push my limits. Maybe I will get married and have children as well -- guess I have to find "that man" first. I hope to expand my business and hire a few great minds to be a part of my line. I hope to be able to continue donating to people that live with a Traumatic Brain Injury. So much to do, so little time."
L.Weatherread designs can be found for sale on her website (www.lweatherread.com) and she plans to have designs in retail locations soon. Clients interested in custom work can contact her through her website as well.