Fashion Designer, Mexico.
See-through or opaque: See-through
Fall or spring: Fall
Barefoot or shoes on: Barefoot
Dark or light: Dark
Fashion icon: Diana Vreeland, Grace Coddington & Diane Kruger
New upcoming designer: Christopher Kane
Favorite spot: Café Gitane in Soho NY
Dessert : Goat cheese ice cream from Los Danzantes in Oaxaca
Guilty pleasure: “Papitas de carrito” with a lot of hot sauce
Musical, movie or character: Blue Velvet, David Lynch
Blog: I don’t have a favorite blog, but lately I really like architecture blogs such as Dezeen
Photographer : International: Jean-Francois Lepage and Mexican: Giovanni Cervantes
Perfume : Lately BarFly by Scotch & Soda
Book: Maison Martin Margiela Book
Piece from your closet: A Balenciaga silk Vest, it has a very unique textile treatment, I’m scared to wear it.
Boutique worth stopping by: J store Arcos Bosques
Natalie Amkie, creative director of a women’s label that carries her name, studied fashion design in Mexico City’s Centro University. Right now, her favorite hobby is learning about architecture and furniture design. She’s planning on soon starting a sideline to her fashion business. At her early age, she has already presented more than eight collections, all with themes and inspirations that impact while creating controversy. “The WICCA collection had a deep investigation about the Wiccan religion, it was all about black, grey and white magic.”
She was also a finalist in Vogue Mexico & Latin America’s CFDA contest.
“At the end of my last semester in college I presented my thesis called SKINS,” she said. “It was a mini fashion collection inspired in skin disease. It created a lot of reaction in the press and I was invited to continue the collection and to present it during fashion week.”
Natalie has presented her designs on various platforms, such as Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, IDM, Cancun Moda Nextel, Google Fashion Week and other independent shows. She has also been featured on fashion magazines of the likes of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Glamour, Marie Claire, Nylon, and various newspapers.
She has dressed many celebrities and gorgeous women, but what she enjoys the most is the satisfaction she gets when she sees people wear and enjoy her clothes. The oldest piece inside her closet is her mother’s vintage black leather shirt and her grandmother’s Oscar de la Renta engagement dress, which she is actually planning on redesigning.
Timeless, cool and comfortable is how we define her style. She admires women who choose their own style and feel proud and secure about their choice. She always dreamt about becoming a fashion designer and what she enjoys the most about her job is being able to express herself through design.
“The whole process is a roller coaster of feelings, ups & downs, uncertainty and excitement,” she said. “The final result is amazing once I see a woman buying, wearing and enjoying what I made.”
The next thing she’s adding to her wardrobe is a brown leather jacket and people’s faces and bodies are her main inspiration.
Being able to show her work and receive both compliments and criticisms of the people she admires the most are one of her biggest achievements. “I love undertaking collaborations with talented and creative people”, she said. “Artists, designers, jewelers, artisans, architects and anyone who likes to mix ideas and join talents.”
She has an incredible talent as a designer. Each of her pieces creates statements. It’s through her fantastic hand-made details that she has conquered the eyes of the fashion industry. The Fancy Archive is delighted to present Natalie Amkie’s archive.