An interview with Fashion Designer Montse Liarte:
It is true that my designs often have a masculine image; this is due to the kind of woman they are aimed at. A woman who looks for comfort without giving up feminity, a woman who gives importance to the whole garment, to its structure and to the details of its manufacture, escaping from ornaments. This definition leads me to create women designs with a certain masculine look.
I guess the city influences me, at least unconsciously. The fact of living in the city and walking every day through it takes part of your personality and your expression manners. In my opinion, everything surrounding you ends up making an influence on you.
At the time of creating a collection, I can be inspired by several topics; there is never a particular subject by which I get influenced. I think every designer has to pay attention to anything in the day-a-day life, because influence can come up from whatever.
Colours are a very important aspect on my collections’ concept. A determined concept always binds a colour range. While Passé Recomposé is based in the femme fatale, a concept based on femininity, the collection Fly the bird’s way is based on flight aerodynamics, a more industrial concept. And that is reflected in their colours.
My collections are based on traditional dressing values but bringing them up to date. That is, I usually use classical tailor’s trade, but doing it up by experimenting with pattern making.
This award was the key in my career, as it allowed me to spend a year working in Paris. There, I really learned a lot about the different departments that make up a company, departments like Design and Marketing, which are so distanced one from another, and others like Sewing, Pattern making, Production… They are all so different but so important at the same time inside the world of fashion.
Working in different projects helps you to be more open-minded. Also it prevents you from becoming withdrawn in your own style or particular fashion vision. It is a way of learning.
I opted for fashion because of the possibilities this world could offer me, since it allows me to express myself in a creative way. And that made me feel fulfilled and more comfortable with fashion.
For me, design is a mix between art and product. It is art because there is always the presence of creativity behind design, but this creativity has to give a product. So the best thing is that a balance exists between the two things.