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Fashion: Phoenix Fashionista

Tiffe Fermaint reminds SPM that fashion is serious business

 by Mani O'Brien
 published on Thursday, November 3, 2005

<em>Photo courtesy of Tiffe Fermaint</em>/issues/arts/694731
Photo courtesy of Tiffe Fermaint
 

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Tiffe Fermaint, one of the leading ladies of the local clothing design industry, has been creating clothing since she was in high school. On November 17, she will unveil her Spring/Summer 2006 collection at the annual Phoenix Fashion Week. Fermaint took time out last week to share some of her insights into the world of fashion with us.

SPM: What can we expect from your line that will be unveiled at Phoenix Fashion Week?

Fermaint: There are four groups in the collection: "Terrible 20s" (think terrible twos, but more fun) with juvenile prints and bright dyes; "Roots" made with 100 percent natural fibers, inspired by my Puerto Rican and Caribbean heritage; "Low-tech": rows of buttons replace zippers and swimwear. It's my first entire group of swimwear -- very sexy and relaxed.

SPM: What is your favorite piece from your new collection? What would you recommend for a college student?

Fermaint: The racer back tops from the Terrible 20s group. It's made out of a cotton/Lycra blend that is very comfy and breathes as it gives you a great shape and cleavage.

SPM: Tell me about how your style has evolved over the years.

Fermaint: It's always been very comfortable, bright colors. There was a phase when I was wearing a lot of little black dresses and such, but it always seems to make its way back to fun.

SPM: Did you ever see yourself where you are today? Have you always worked toward designing clothing?

Fermaint: When I started designing in high school, I didn't really have expectations of the line becoming my career. As time went on though, I developed a passion for creating clothing and I started to really enjoy the business aspect of it as well. I just kept on doing my thing and I'm still having fun.

SPM: What has been your secret to success so far? What advice would you give to aspiring designers?

Fermaint: I've just been moving at my own pace. I have no hopes of being some mega-superstar designer. Try to keep your expectations realistic. Don't mind others around you and where they stand in their career. Everyone evolves at different rates. Just worry about yourself. And please, please, please make sure you're in it for the right reasons. Fashion is serious business. It's hard work, but if you truly love it, never give up.

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