I first heard of Hayley Elsaesser through social media and the Sticks and Stones Agency in Australia. Hayley is a Canadian designer who now resides in Australia. She’s renown for her bold and beautiful prints. She’s been featured in countless magazine editorials and just recently, the always colorful Katy Perry, was seen sporting one of her designs. To me, her collections inspire magic and joy. I love that she is so creative and doesn’t stop herself from taking her designs to the next level. I love her overall vision and the collections she presents always have the raddest themes. This week’s Fall 2015 presentation at Wolrd MasterCard Fashion Week themed “Midnight Cowboy” was just as inspiring! I loved the snake prints and the southwestern vibe as well as the menswear pieces she presented. Hayley is one fierce designer and I couldn’t be more thrilled to have spoken to her immediately after the show this week. Here are my 5 Questions With Hayley Elsaesser:
1) What got you into fashion initially?
I’ve always been interested in fashion. I grew up in a small town where it was really hard to get cool clothes or what I wanted to wear, so I started making my own clothing. I was studying psychology and I was making clothes and selling them on eBay more than I was focusing on my studies. So I decided that I should probably do that as a career since that was what I was interested in. So then I moved to Australia and studied fashion in Australia.
2) What in your opinion makes a good print?
I think something that is bold and eye-catching. In my mind, I like the idea of something that mixes two opposites together or two things that you wouldn’t expect. Something that has dimension.
3) For the Fall 2015 collection that you presented at World MasterCard Fashion Week this week in Toronto, you mentioned that it was a little bit darker than stuff you’ve designed previously…
I did menswear for the first time and I wanted it to be really cohesive, so I did it a little bit more masculine, not so feminine. Looking at my last collection, it was very much pastels and quite girly so this is a little bit more “cool tough girl”.
4) What are some of your must-haves for spring and summer?
I think overalls, that was one of my looks that was my favorites from my collection. Also I’ve just done a collaboration with MYNC (which is a makeup and eyelash extension line from Toronto) and it’s lipstick for Dress for Success. I love lipstick and I think that it’s a must-have because it’s going to the charity Dress for Success, and I think it’s the perfect color for spring.
5) What’s next for Hayley Elsaesser?
Sleeping for a week and then I’ll reassess. I just need to relax. I haven’t slept this whole month, I’ve been in New York and London, so I just need to chill for a little bit!