Chatting With Designer Mathieu Mirano

Mathieu Mirano Spring 2015 Presentation
Matheiu Mirano Spring 2015 Presentation in New York

After recently viewing Mathieu Mirano’s Spring 2015 Collection during New York Fashion Week I learned his fall collection was to be presented at the Children’s Service Board of the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago’s 59th Annual Gold Coast Fashion Awards. I now had the opportunity to talk to the young designer (he’s only 23!), tell him how much I love his aesthetic and find out more about what makes him tick.
SCS: How did you find out about The Gold Coast Fashion Show?
MM: Chalk Boutique asked me! I was honored to be a part of this kind of event with a great cause. I like making women feel beautiful and I love Chicago, it is one of my favorite cities. I always notice how it’s so clean!
SCS: Where is your collection available in Chicago? Anywhere besides Chalk Boutique in Evanston?
MM: It is mostly available at specialty stores. And yes, it is at Chalk Boutique. I love Sharon and Carrie – I have sold to them for 3 seasons now. Their boutique is an amazing backdrop it’s beautiful, modern and all white.
Mathieu Mirano Fall 2014, Gold Coast Fashion Show
Mathieu Mirano Fall 2014 presented at the Gold Coast Fashion Show in Chicago

SCS: I know you design for young celebrities, but I saw jackets and pieces in your fall and spring collections that I would wear. Do you account for women of all ages when you design?
MM: Yes, I design for women all ages. Women in their 30s, 40s, 50s and beyond!
SCS: Who is the Mathieu Mirano woman?
MM: I use this word a lot because it is accurate, she is a “worldly” woman. She is polished, sharp, intelligent and thoughtful. Her taste level is very high, she understands color and form. Women with worldliness have a sense of class. I am eternally grateful to these women for inspiring me.
SCS: How do you know so much about this woman and world? You are so young!
MM: I had the opportunity to travel the world since I was little, places like Egypt, India and Japan. Everywhere I go I find influences for my collections.
Mathieu Mirano Spring 2014, Fabrics
Mathieu Mirano laser cut leathers and gorgeous fabrics in his Spring 2015 Collection.

SCS: The fabrics and textures you use are amazing. What comes first? The materials or the design?
MM: Both! Fabrics are important. I like to manipulate fabrics. The fabrics are from Italy and France but I like to ‘turn them on their head’ and make them something unique.
SCS:  What is the best advice anyone ever gave you?
MM: To be patient. I know this is a long, multi-step process and I must continue to learn – I will do that to the day I die.
Mathieu Mirano is available at Chalk Boutique, 2611 Prairie Avenue in Evanston IL 60201
– Carol Calacci
Read our Mathieu Mirano interview at New York Fashion Week Fall 13.
Photos: Second City Style

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