“I am attracted to those who cross the boundaries of nature, architecture, color and fashion. Those artists that create works of art rather than fast food fashion or celebrity fads.”
Designer Marina Makaron
Moscow — Russian-born designer Marina Makaron has traveled around the world from Europe to the United States. Armed with a degree in International Business from Drexel University, the fashion-forward designer launched the eponymous line Marina Makaron Moscow, fashioned from luxurious silks and inspired by her culture. Her collection ranges from fashion and accessories to home décor.
I recently caught up with Marina to discuss her line. Here’s what she had to say:
The Chic Spy: What inspired you to start your own business?
Marina Makaron: I am a multi-tasker-perfectionist-think-outside-the-box kinda girl. I gave office life a fair trial but it just wasn’t for me. I am willing to work overtime no holidays, so since I’m already devoting all my time why not contribute it to something I am passionate about.
TCS: Do you create the designs on the silk fabric yourself and if so, is there a special process or inspiration that you use?
MM: I create the patterns on the computer and then through a safe secret magical process they get transformed on the fabric.
TCS: What inspires your collection of vibrantly-colored silks?
MM: Nature and fairytales. Broken hearts and photography. A child’s naiveness and lustful masochism. The land of dreams.
TCS: Do you get inspiration from other fashion designers and if so, who are they?
MM: I am inspired by interior designers and artists like Gaudi. Fashion revolutionaries like Cappuci fascinate me as well. I am attracted to those who cross the boundaries of nature, architecture, color and fashion. Those artists that create works of art rather than fast food fashion or celebrity fads.
TCS: Your dresses and tunics are reminiscent of the styling of a kimono and afghan wraps. Do you draw inspiration from other cultures?
MM: Always and of course. Crossing boundaries is what I like to do. I like to take an idea and make it universal, as in fitting for many uses and occasions.
TCS: How long have you been a fashion and accessories designer?
MM: I have been designing since I can remember but I got into accessories and fashion in 2007, although it feels like I’ve been doing it for decades.
TCS: How would you describe your designs in three words?
MM: Bright, happy, and chic.
TCS: If you could dress anyone famous past or present, who would it be?
MM: Anna Piaggi and Lady Gaga.
TCS: If you weren’t a designer, what would you be doing?
MM: I would be a secret designer.
TCS: If you were a chic spy, what would be your name?
MM: Can’t tell you, cause I’ll have to, you know.