5 Questions With: RUDYBOIS

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I first heard of designer RUDYBOIS almost two years ago now, when I was looking for a dress for the red carpet of the Quebec music awards, the ADISQ gala. He had reached out through twitter, expressing interest in lending me a dress for the special night. Since then, he’s become my go-to designer whenever I need dresses for events whether it’s the Juno Awards, Gemini Awards, etc. The young Quebec City prodigy designs high-end womenswear that is elegant but with a unique edge. All of his pieces are handmade in Canada using fabrics from around the world. His creations can be found in select stores in Canada and also online on his new shop. His latest collection is called Silence and has been making waves around the country. I know this is only the beginning for this talented young man. Here are my 5 Questions with RUDYBOIS:

1) Can you talk to us about your own style evolution from your teens until now? How would you describe your style today? (you can provide us with photos if you’d like)

It’s almost painful for me to go back to my teenage days! I was obese and definitely looking for myself. My style was a mix of Avril Lavigne and Billie Joe! (Osiris skater shoes, with a lot of studs bracelets, blue-black dyed hair, an eyebrow piercing, skulls everywhere and black everything) Later in high school, I became the ancestor of the “douchebag movement” (bleached hair with lighter undertones, white everything (blazer, formal shoes, belt and even the famous surfer shell necklace), mixed with bright colours!) When I say I was looking for myself… Then I moved to Quebec City and discovered the menswear designers section at Simons, this was a revelation to me, for my personal style as well as for my future career. That’s where I learned that less is more!

I now describe my personal style as an antithesis, I love being all dandy and dressed up as well as being a little artsy kind of hipster with an old rock influence, maybe that’s why my favorite brand, that also suits me perfectly, is Neil Barrett. There’s also a lot of things that I would love to wear that I can’t simply because I could not assume it, I still have a lot of body acceptance work to do!

2) Who are your style icons?

I really dig Nick Wooster and Jared Leto styles ( even if back in the day, Leto was wearing silver Crocs!)

3) Where do you draw inspiration for your designs?

I really love sketching outside, I have my spot where I create all of my spring/summer looks. For the cold seasons, I can’t obviously create outside so I just need to isolate myself, I often go to the library.

4) Who would you like to see wear your collections?

Even if her style is not always refined, I would really love to see Madonna wearing my designs, or Lady Gaga and Celine Dion who are always well dressed.

5) What are some of your favorite artists or bands? Do you listen to music when you create?

I do listen music! From when I wake up, until the end of the afternoon, I listen music all the time!  I love a lot of different kinds of music, recently I’ve discovered Songza and it makes me discover so many new artists! My playlists of the moment includes: HBO Girls : Marnie  (featuring Oh Land, Robin, SLL, Graffiti6), 90’s dance hit ( I’m a big fan of 90’s dance music) and Blogged 50 (featuring Trails and Ways, Phil Beaudreau, Cherub). I also have my classics like Madonna’s American Life album, her best I think.

Thanks so much Rudy! Wishing you continued success!

RUDYBOIS presents Antithesis-Cecile

Today, one of my favorite up and coming designers from Quebec City, RUDYBOIS is launching his Fall/Winter 2013 collection called “Antithesis-Cecile“.  He describes his new collection as:

a contradictory state of mind to what happens in real life. On one side, unconditional love and wisdom. On the other, craziness on the verge of dementia, where rigid powder blue angora meets fluid temptation black silk. RUDYBOIS’s women, always dramatic and pragmatic, have to face their demons.

Below you’ll find a little sneak peek from his new collection.  I’m absolutely in love with it!

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I have much respect for this 23-year-old French Canadian designer. He graduated from fashion marketing in 2011 and launched his first womenswear collection in August of 2012.  Last fall, when I was looking for a dress for the ADISQ red carpet and gala he had approached me on twitter.  After sending a few emails back and forth, he drove from Quebec City to bring me a dress from his Spring/Summer 2013 collection for the gala.  Not only was the dress a perfect fit for my body, it was also extremely elegant, original and super comfortable. I loved my cape dress! I got so many compliments at the gala from artists and guests present, I was really excited to be wearing one of his creations (see the look below).  RUDYBOIS is not only a talented designer but a very savy marketer who is wise way beyond his years.  His Spring/Sumer 2013 collection was recently purchased by one of the biggest retailers in Quebec – Simons.

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The future is very bright for this young man.  He will officially be launching his Antithesis-Cecile collection at 4pm EST today on his website: http://www.rudybois.com/. I invite you to go take a look!