Fashion Bites

7 August 2013 text Dannie Nikolova, photos Ivan Jegov
"Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening", sad the all time fashion icon Coco Chanel. The true believers in this fashion concept are Sofia Hussein and Iva Minkova - both fashion designers.

Lesson is learned
Sofia: I'll start my own label, named Sofia from Sofia. I used to work for other people and now is the time to work for myself. First I worked for this very colorful and bold fashion label in Spain then for Greek designer Sofia Kokosalaki, then - forMercat de les Flors - a Spanish theatre for modern dance... I learned my lessons. I learned to be more patient, more focused and to respect other people ideas.

Give Me The Right Pair of Shoes And I Will Conquer the World
Iva: Flat shoes are in fashion now. They are sweet and comfortable and a real challenge for all the designers. Even so, flat shoes are nothing like beautiful pair of high-heels. But the best thing for a lady is to be able to wear high-heel while riding a bicycle or sneakers, while having a diner. The most inportant in this life is to feel free and to be happy.

The Legend of Passion
Iva: With one of my classmates, we were in this really fancy shop in Paris. We saw a Dior coat, which was made so perfecly that we couldn't get  our eyes off. We almost started to cry! That's the real passion and the great respect of other people's talent.

Sofia: I wold love to be tet-a-tete with Madeleine Vionnet. She is not a real icon like Coco Chanel, but she is also a big fashion revolutionist. Her style was very elegant, very feminine and classy. The only reason her name is not so popular is that she wasn't so commercial orijjentated like Coco Chanel was.
Iva: I would love to meet Cristobal Balenciaga - his style was so colorful and gorgeous. Madam Gres is also one of my favorite and of course the person, without whom the high-heels would be only a dream - Salvatore Feregamo!

Beauty Is In The Eyes Of The Beholder
There are a lot of beautiful girls, walking on the streets of Sofia. But there are some old ladies with a very unique style and I am sure they do not even realize how fashionable they are. Once in London I run after an old wonem to ask her about her dress.

If Music is The Food Of Love, Play On
Sofia: Music is very important to me. I listen to music 24 hours a day! It's my main source of inspiration. For a fashion show I think, music could be essential - it could help a lot and in the opposite - it can ruin the whole show.
Iva: I like a band called Savages. They sound a bit like Joy Division. They are only ladies, dressed in black, but the lead singer always wear those shiny red high-heels. I would love to make a pair of shoes for this lady. It would be wonderful!

If you like to see more from Sofia Hussein and Iva Minkova fashion check here or here.


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