This year's annual NSCAD Fashion Show, EPOCH, has me so excited. There is so much talent every year, but I think this year in particular is a special one. I sat down with 21 year old designer Victoria Kristofic from Collingwood Ontario to talk about her new collection for April's show. Her neutral palette and colourful embroidery speaks volumes to me! This is the 4th year's first collection and first time participating in the show. Her soft fabrics and playful silhouette's embody an ease and innocence that make you want to put on one of her "sun suits" and head for the desert sun.

Where did the inspiration from your collection come from and how has it transferred into your design process?

The inspiration for this collection comes from a few different areas. The foremost of which would be from a backpacking trip last spring that started in Portugal, and the excitement of exploring a new landscape while also taking time to slow down, step back and observe. Additionally, I've also been thinking about interior spaces, the home, and ideas of comfort and leisure. I try to translate those concepts into the collection with pieces that are light, airy and easy to wear, while still being a little cheeky and fun.  

Do you come from a background of textiles/fashion? Or has it been something you've developed in your time at NSCAD?

Actually, I initially came to NSCAD thinking I wanted to get into graphic design. However, once I saw the variety of departments and studio spaces firsthand, I decided to take advantage while the opportunity was available. Instead of moving forward within the design program, I used my second year to dabble a little more and took a whole range of studio courses from photography to jewellery design. In that year I ended up taking a screen printing for textiles course and really enjoyed it. That was my first real foray into textiles and fashion. 

Your colourful embroidery mixed with neutral/natural fabrics make for a great juxtaposition. Do you have a goal or vision that you want to achieve with your designs? 

Thanks! I think the main goal I hope to achieve with my designs would be to create pieces that are carefree and easy to wear, but still feel special. The embroidery I think adds an additional sense of playfulness, which is also super important to my overall vision. 

Does your personal style come off in the clothes that you design? 

That's hard to say. I think personal style is this incredibly elusive thing. It's easy to identify in other people, but I have no idea how to discuss it within the context of myself. But, to answer your question, I'd probably want to say yes. In the sense that I am designing a collection of casual / loungewear and I consider myself a pretty casual person who also enjoys lounging.

Describe your personal style in 3 words. 

That sounds difficult.

What is your design process? 

A lot of trial and error. I find that if I try and plan too much in advance I'll just end up changing my mind anyways, so the best thing to do is to just dive in and let things come together, then adjust from there. I also work best late at night when the studio is empty so I can spread out and make a mess. Caffeine helps. 

Where do you draw your daily inspiration from?

I am very fortunate to say that my social network is filled with both insightful and creative individuals across a variety of fields, and sharing moments with these people is hands down my greatest daily inspiration.  

When your not at the studio or at school where can you be found?

Sometimes I take the bus to the mall by myself, sample $200 face creams at Sephora, then go home. 

What is the biggest challenge you face as a designer and artist?

There's a very specific feeling that occurs when something works out or a vision comes together. Without getting too poetic, it's a kind of sense of unity or harmony/feeling of purpose that helps justify wanting to be a designer or artist in the first place, which is obviously pretty amazing. The challenge, however, lies in how ephemeral and fleeting that feeling can be. But in a way I think that's also necessary for progression and makes the successes that much sweeter. 

What's next, after this year's collection?

Thats the big question! I have another semester at NSCAD and I'm not fully decided on how to use it yet. I could definitely see trying out a line of accessories or maybe something involving furniture and interiors. I'd also love to take off and do an internship or apprenticeship abroad. Not having a plan is kind of exciting

What do you love most about Halifax, if anything?

Willy's. Double curd. Any day, Any time. 

Check out Victoria's website 

And her dreamy Instagram here

Want to see it down the runway? Be sure to get your ticket for the April 16th EPOCH (here) before they sell out!