Mercedes Benz Fashion Week 2016 was really no different to me than it was last year in a general sense. I always love every minute of it.
If there is one, I am “the” tragic fashion week attendee.
This week is one where I cover all fashion designers, established or emerging, international and local. For those of you who know me my greatest love and the fire that drives the passion in my fashion belly, is that of the emerging designer.
This year, my heart beat faster than usual in the frow. Why you ask? Because of the person who happens to be the subject of this editorial.
One Miss Jessica Van.
It took precisely five minutes of my life to view the very first Jessica Van collection. An even shorter moment to recognise that I had just witnessed the work of a young designer, and currently relatively unknown designer, who I believe, is headed for the greatest of success. Words cannot describe how much I loved this collection.
I can hear you asking why?
Because sometimes, you just know.
You see an extraordinary talent and the beginnings of something huge and untapped, wrapped up in fabrication of the designs which parade in front of you on the runway.
Jessica is young, inexperienced, and understandably in awe of a cut throat, competitive, and saturated industry.
She is also genius, dedicated, passionate, humble, and possibly one of the best young designers I have ever seen. She is full of hope and blessed with a dose of the smarts. She sees her designs as wearable art, and indeed they are. She understands the road she is about to travel and so do I.
She is, I believe a designer to watch, because if I am right, I think we will be seeing her name up in lights. And soon.
Here is her story.