PHOTO CREDIT: TILDE HILSON
SOL got to chat to talented Accessories designer elizabeth romanin who has worked for a number of fashion labels in norway where she is currently based and in her home country of australia.since early 2017 elizabeth has been heading up her own consultancy company which has allowed her to work for different design projects and will be launching her own label this year.
We cannot wait to see the gems she will come up with.big love for her bag and jewellery design- in our hearts!
Elizabeth talked to us about her design journey, Creativity and Cèline Jackets.
check out her instagram handle to follow her design projects and be inspired by her visual aesthetics.
You are a Designer and Consultant- tell us a bit more about that
I have been working as a commercial designer in jewellery, accessories and more recently in apparel for around 10 years for several different brands both here in Oslo and in my home country of Australia. Early this year, I made the decision to resign my full time, head of design role and start my own consultancy company to allow me to work across different projects and work remotely from anywhere.
Did you always know you would end up in the fashion industry?
Absolutely not. I have always had a very strong interest in style and design, but always wanted to be an artist, it was my ambition since I was very young. I did my degree in fine art and have always been most interested in drawing, painting and sculpture. I am a process nerd and love to know how things are made. I began my career making sculptural pieces mainly in ceramic and somehow landed a job as jewellery and accessories designer for a company called Mimco in Australia. Working in design seemed to come naturally as I enjoyed the process of combining form and function. I am not driven by fashion, per se, and have a lot of issues with the industry in general, but I am passionate about quality, design and love working creatively.
What is one of your earliest fashion memories that impacted you?
Definitely exploring my parents' wardrobe. I was absolutely fascinated by an Italian suede blazer my Dad had which had a inside pocket. I felt this was the coolest thing, to have a secret hiding place in your clothing. Still pretty cool when you think about it. I grew up on a 400 acre farm in the Australian bush. My Dad was Italian and had fantastic style. My Mum was a teacher wearing smart, yet comfortable corporate wear in the 80s and 90s. She has always been focused on quality. I think they both were a huge influence on me and my stylistic references.
You are also going into jewellery design- tell us a bit more about that venture?
I am first and foremost a jewellery and accessories designer, this is the area I have worked most with and comes most naturally. Right now, I have the opportunity to work on my own projects in addition to my consultancy work, so wanted to create a jewellery collection where I could explore sculptural elements and forms that I find interesting and make unique, high quality pieces to wear and treasure. I am currently in the process of production and will launch my label Romanin in the new year.
Looking at your Instagram account, one can easily fall in love! What would you say is your aesthetic style?
I definitely tend towards strong sculptural forms and love all things Italian. I think it is a difficult question, as I draw from so many sources of inspiration and work with things I find interesting in the moment, but as a friend once said to me, whatever you make, will look like you.
You are based in Oslo but are Australian - what would you say these two cultures bring to the table fashion-wise?
I think that Australia is a goldmine in terms of creativity. Because it is so isolated from the rest of the world, it is it´s own universe of unique designers and brands which look more towards the Australian lifestyle than to global trends for inspiration. Australia is very forward in terms of sustainability, small brands and slow fashion which I think is great and due to the climate and cultural diversity, the fashion is really dynamic. People generally have a very laid back and casual approach to dressing. Norway is the absolute opposite in terms of fashion where minimalism and quality rule. The climate very much dictates that people must be practical and Norwegian fashion reflects that. It is also an incredibly affluent country, so people will invest in high quality materials and pieces which will last in terms of both quality and style.
Where can one follow you and your work?
I am pretty much a behind-the-scenes kind of girl, so Instagram is my only social media outlet right now. I will however, be launching my web-shop in the new year which will be announced via Instagram.
How important is creativity in your line of work?
To me creativity is key, but this has to be balanced with the hard work involved in seeing a project through. There is so much work that goes on behind the scenes which is not always creative and not always much fun in order to bring a creative project to fruition. I believe that really great creatives are usually very hard working and relentless in pushing through when problems and challenges arise. As they say 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration.
Finally if you could be any item of clothing, what would you pick and why?
I would have to say a Celine jacket because that way I would never be out of style, would always be taken care of and would be treasured for all my life!