Meet DG

With her creative look and sharp fashion instincts, Daniela Ghazalian stands out from the crowd. After years of sitting alongside her in class and cheering her on in her pursuit of a design career, I thought it was about time I introduce you to this bright, young thing. She dishes on her dream job, what every intern should have and the one thing she wouldn't be caught dead wearing.
I’m a Bright Young Thing named: Daniela Ghazalian

Current position/employer: Design Intern for Erin Kleinberg

How would you describe your style? Quite eclectic - I experiment with a lot of different looks and trends.  However, black clothing has always remained consistent, which gives more of an edgy vibe to my style.

What inspires you? I am very inspired by vintage clothing.  Everything in fashion comes back eventually. So it’s really cool to see some original pieces, especially from the 1970’s glam rock era.  The style was so androgynous. Gender had essentially vanished when it came to fashion. Editorial photo shoots also inspire me, especially if Grace Coddington directs them.  The story portrayed in the shoot, the setting and the outfits chosen are all captivating.

What are your favourite sources for fashion news? British and American Vogue, Nylon, Harper’s Bazaar, Flare, The Sartorialist, The Blonde Salad, Style.com, The Cut.

Who is your style crush? Olivia Palermo.  Her style is always very polished. It's a little structured, yet remains so versatile.  She plays around with different prints, colours, styles, eras...It’s really fascinating to witness someone have the fun they should be having with clothing and accessories.

What do you think of the fashion scene in Toronto?
The issue with the fashion scene in Toronto is not that it is necessarily subdued, it’s that it’s scattered.  If you go to areas such as Ossington, Kensington, Yorkville, or Queen West, people are dressed quite impressively.  Whether it’s high-end luxury, 1960’s vintage, or a Kate Moss grunge look, these areas are composed of people with a distinctive style that make them unique.  However, if you travel to the Richmond and John area or King Street West past 11:00pm, you’re going to witness something far more tragic.  I do strongly believe that Toronto has a lot of potential to become influential in the fashion industry, it just needs more time to evolve and unite. 

What’s the best advice you’ve received as an intern thus far? Expand your network, always be polite, constantly keep yourself informed, and never let failure scare you.

What do you think every intern must have?
Every intern must have confidence. Without it, no one will think you are competent. Don’t complain about doing mundane tasks and always be grateful for the internship you have.

What’s the most exciting experience you’ve had as an intern? Being able to meet other talented Canadian designers has been really exciting.  However, the entire experience of interning is exciting enough.  You learn something new every day, and it’s never boring!

What surprised you the most about working in the fashion industry?  When I was working as a Production Assistant for Preloved, I was shocked by the amount of people who were involved in the process and just how much work it actually is.  The inside of fashion is far from glamourous!

Dream Job? To be the Creative Director of my own fashion line.  If that doesn’t work out, rock star (I’m not joking).

If you could have tea with anyone in fashion who would it be? Why? Karl Lagerfeld.  His designs are amazing and his runway shows are always a spectacle.  His fashion design career is something I aspire to have one day.

What are you most looking forward to wearing this holiday season? I’m looking forward to wearing lots of futuristic colours; gold, silver, metallic gray.  Anything that has sequins will also be making several appearances this holiday.

Which trend do you wish would fade forever? Kitten Heels.  I cringe at the thought of them.  I find them incredibly unflattering for a woman’s body and rather useless. Wear flats or high heels. It’s that simple.

1 comment:

femme fraiche said...

Amazing! Daniela, I never knew you wanted to get into design but I can't say I'm surprised...your style is always flawless! Keep on living your dream girl;)...p.s. great questions Er, I love the one about having tea..