Soeren Reimers - Zoot Suits and Urban City Nights
The Royal College of Art is producing exciting new design talent at a rapid rate these days and freshly graduated Soeren Reimers certainly fits that bill. Heralding from Germany, Soeren first caught our eye with his innovative and enticing midnight-hued final collection for RCA, which we've been thinking about ever since we saw the show. The loose and softly tailored pieces, flowing lines and subtle holographic trims created a luxurious contrast to the mysterious and elegant all black ensembles. We decided to have a chat to Soeren about his ambitions, inspirations and zoot suit influences – and to see what he has up his sartorial sleeve for the future…
Could you tell us a little bit about your background? Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Hamburg, Northern Germany where I did my BA before heading to London for my MA at the RCA.
What inspired you to choose a career in fashion design and what were your early influences?
My early artistic influences were street culture, graffiti, DJing and graphic design. Growing up seeking to express my individuality, I enjoyed spending time digging through vintage clothes to wear, which has inspired me to pursue a career in fashion. Also the fashion design job seemed to offer a great variety of tasks, which I enjoyed such as drawing, styling and researching subcultures and art trends.
Who are your favourite designers?
Nicolas Ghesquiere, Raf Simons, Kris van Assche, Riccardo Tisci, Yves Saint Laurent, Madame Gres
What was it like to study at the Royal College of Art?
It was inspirational, diverse, international, fun and eye opening, but stressful and painful too.
Could you describe your work for us in 5 words?
Elegant. Refined. Technical. Relaxed. Urban.
What were your main influences for your final collection at the RCA graduate show?
Urban city nights. Neon lights. Zoot suits. Fluid tailoring. Lou Doillon. Technical garment assembling techniques.
Did you have a favourite piece of the collection, if so, what and why?
I do not have a favourite piece. I see the collection as a manifesto of myself as a designer at the time I did it, in which every garment has its own equal right of existence.
How would you describe your creative process?
Product orientated, analytic, at times random and chaotic. Researching, sourcing vintage pieces, styling, drawing, modelling, scrapping, redesigning, sampling, product development.
What advice would you give to upcoming designers and fashion students?
Find out if the fashion industry is a kind of place you want to work in. If yes, go for it, do just what you want to do and give it 100%.
What's next for you?
I just started working at a maison in Paris.
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
I would like to continue to work as a designer in Paris, but New York is a place where I could picture myself in five years from now too. Or somewhere completely unexpected... I am curious to find out myself!
Interview by Nikki McMullen