The annual WA Born fashion show is coming up fast and we are so excited to showcase some of Perth’s most impressive talent. One such label is MKO Designs. Combining textile manipulation and artistic expression, MKO Designs is definitely a label we are excited to see on the runway. We chat with her today to get the inside scoop on her inspirations and what we can expect from her in the future.
Tell me about MKO?
MKO is a streetwear label for women who aren’t afraid of fashion and are creative with their self-expression. As a designer, I find the idea of women empowerment important, especially in today’s society and culture. My design aesthetic focuses on the feeling of strength and individuality through textile manipulation and strong materials.
What is the name of this season’s collection and what is the inspiration behind it?
My new collection is called INTERLOCKED which focuses more on my knitwear, mixing that with materials like fleece and ribbing to create a street aesthetic. I‘m exploring different silhouettes to create easy and oversized looks for this collection. I wanted to combine different materials like denim, and plastic because they create unique outcomes. This collection is street inspired with an MKO twist. I will be launching the new INTERLOCKED collection on my website (www.mkodesigns.bigcartel.com) in a few weeks.
What are your top styling tips?
Less is more than enough; keep it simple and work with your body.
What trends should be avoided?
Different trends work for different people, the trick is figuring out what works for you and running with it.
When did you realize that you wanted to pursue a career in fashion?
In year 12! As a child, I was always knitting or making something and with the introduction of Home Economics it became impossible for me to want to do anything else, I just fell in love with it.
How did you go about starting MKO?
Firstly, I researched the industry/market I was in, my possible competitors, and then I started creating and self-marketing through social media. If people respond to what you’re doing, follow it and see where it takes you.
What are your feelings towards fashion and its effects on wilderness preservation, and the reduction of humanity’s footprint on the environment?
We are definitely a major contributor to our planet’s pollution with fast fashion, but I feel it is now on trend and incredibly fashionable to care about who/where/how our garments are made. Our awareness of slow fashion is increasing every day as more and more people show their interest in the garments that clothe their bodies. It’s fantastic!
Why do you think a show like WA Born is important?
WA Born is an important show because it not only highlights talented Perth creatives; it also creates awareness of worthy causes like WWF.
What was the biggest thing you’ve learned since starting MKO?
Perseverance! If you don’t fight for what you believe in and learn to persevere, you’ll never get anywhere.
Who or what is your fashion muse/inspiration?
At the moment I am really into the K-Pop fashion scene. They’re aesthetic is so cool and interesting to me.
What advice would you give aspiring designers?
Keep doing what you’re doing. Reach out for help and ask for advice if you need it. Also research! Research everything, the industry, market, customers, and competitors and find your niche!
What is your motto or what motivates you?
Sleep is for the weak!
What goals do you have for MKO in the next 12 months?
To continue building my brand, exposure to more networks, doing more shows and gaining more experience with market research and branding.
Where can we buy your pieces?
You can buy my pieces on my website http://www.mkodesgins.bigcartel.com
What are you currently binge watching/listening to?
Binge watching – Seinfeld,
Listening to – BTS (K-Pop)
What’s the most embarrassing thing on your playlist?
Probably Soulja Boy Tell’em – Speakers Going Hammer
What’s your current guilty pleasure?
Definitely K-Dramas, they’re so addictive!
If you want to see the latest collection from MKO Designs and other amazing Australian designers, get your tickets for WA Born. Tickets are only $29.00 so head to http://weare.colosoul.com.au/product/wa-born-fashion-show/
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WRITTEN BY ALEXSIA SARGENT