5 Questions With: Hayley Elsaesser

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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 Successand 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! 

 

WMCFW Fall 2015 Recap

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World MasterCard Fashion Week has once again come to a close! Another week filled with inspiring runway looks and fashion discoveries. What were some of your favorite collections this season? Who was your favorite designer discovery?

Some highlights for me this season: Mackage‘s fringe jackets and beautiful cut out skirts. Helder Diego‘s cape dress and structured print jacket. Hayley Elsaesser‘s bold and fun prints, loved the colors and the snake theme, very southwestern! Narces‘ flirty flowery lace dress and lip dress. Rudsak‘s sexy dark winter looks for men. So much awesomeness on the runway!

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Photo credit: Elle Canada

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Photo credit: Fashion Magazine

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Photo credit: Fashion Magazine

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Photo credit: The Canadian Press

RUDSAK

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Photo credit: Getty Images

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My first outfit for World MasterCard Fashion Week this season is a combination of comfort and class. With it being a cold and rainy day, I wanted to make sure I felt cozy! I saw someone wearing these MAJ Adidas leopard runners on the streetcar a few weeks ago and I knew I had to get them. Yes, my leopard obsession has not stopped. I’ve paired this funky sneakers with some grey trousers and my grey coat.

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Photos by @Offner

Adidas Women’s SL Loop Runner Shoes

Zara grey trousers with ribbed waistband (get them here)

Zara structured grey coat (get it here)

M for Mendocino white tee

CRYWOLF sharktooth necklace

Hugo Boss Farida-A handbag

H&M beanie

More Color #DailyOutfit

Apologies for the lack of updates these past couple of days. Right after spending a few hectic days at World MasterCard Fashion Week I left for NYC at the crack of dawn on Friday. I’m beyond thrilled to have attended the School Of Style this past weekend at the Ace Hotel in Manhattan. The coolest Christmas present! I’ll be posting a new NYC travel blog shortly with more info about the school. Can’t wait to continue my training with them this spring/summer and be able to get my diploma!

Speaking of spring, like most of you, I’m extremely tired of wearing dark colors. I’m currently listening to a lot of “spring” records including this rad new record from a band called Language Arts. Tracks like these definitely add a bit of magic and color to my day. What are your current spring favorites? What colors are you stoked about for Spring?

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Zara fabric wedge ankle boots

Zara TRF Basic Short Sleeve T-Shirt Terracotta (get it here)

Vanessa Mooney Little Ways Gold Bracelet (get it here)

Forever 21 Houndstooth print skirt (similar one here)

Vanessa Mooney With A Tiny Tender Kiss Charm Bracelet White(get it here)

Karen London Dream Weaver Necklace (get it here)

Vanessa Mooney Sweet Antiquity Bracelet Pearl (get it here)

WMCFW FW14 Day 4 #DailyOutfit

Day 4 already of WMCFW! I can start feeling the fatigue creeping up on me. A good way to know if I’m tired – if you see me wearing my glasses, then you know I’m not getting too many Zzz’s 😉

For today’s outfit, I went for a more sporty/hipster look. Leggings, my 10th Tribe beanie, leather jacket and oversized my recycled leather and fur mittens. I also sported the special collaboration tee from fashion blogger Song Of Style x Shop eLUXE called “Do Epic Chic”.

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  Photos by @Offner

Do Epic Chic tee Song of Style for eLUXE (get it here)

Vanessa Mooney gold brass necklace

Zara laced ankle boots with block heel (get them here)

10th Tribe limited edition Doll beanie

American Apparel snakeskin leggings (similar ones here)

H&M chambray buttoned-up shirt (similar one here)

 Zara Biker Jacket with zips (similar one here)