Renaissance is defined as "a revival of, or renewed interest in something - from French renaissance, from re-'back, again' + naissance 'birth'" in the Oxford dictionary.
Your Fall/Winter 2019 collection in 3 words:
sensual, romantic, pragmatic
Your main inspirations for this collection?
18th century fashion in the Middle East and Europe, Nobuyoshi Araki, 18th century erotica
Your Favorite look from the collection?
There are several, but probably the red look and the camel coat.
You are the third of a generation of women in your family to have your own ateliers. How did your family influence you?
My family has influenced me greatly, from my outlook on fashion and the design process to the business aspect. My mother has instilled me in a great appreciation and respect for construction, quality and craft. On the business side, she taught me to have a strong work ethic, to be organised, and to run the business in a fair and ethical manner.
Why did you choose Renaissance as a brand name?
There are several reasons. I believe the word Renaissance represents evolution and regeneration. I see women as multi-faceted, and as they evolved in their life I wanted to create clothing that would support them, allow them to dream, but most importantly remain with them and relevant throughout those different periods in their life.
Your clothes are enhancing women and femininity. What would be your definition of femininity nowadays?
I would describe femininity as a word that is detached from physical and social gender constructs. Femininity is an attitude that I believe can be adapted by everyone, no matter who you are or how you identify. It means to have a certain kind of strength that comes from embracing your vulnerabilities.
Which Artists inspire you the most?
There are so many! Louise Bourgeois, Etnel Adnan, Noboyushi Araki, Charlotte Perriand, Raymond Pettibon are some...
Where is the last place you travelled to that inspired you?
Dubai, I find it to be a great place for calm and to collect my thoughts.
If you could give an advice to young/aspirants designers/entrepreneurs, what would it be?
You need to love what you are doing, this takes so much commitment. If you're not sure then take your time to figure it out, there's no straight or 'correct' path to anything.