For most young designers, showcasing your first collection during your first year of study is a far off dream. For young Brisbane designer Suzi Knezovic, this dream is quickly becoming a reality. After liaising with the cream of the fashion industry at MBFW, her label, Suzii K is quickly gaining momentum. This is a designer to watch!
I sat down with the 19 year old to get the low down on her new collection and the secret to her success!
Ok, so Suzi your only 19
years old, how do you think you’re gaining so much success at a young
It’s really down to networking, talent and drive. In the Fashion
Industry it’s not just about how skilled and talented you might be, but
also about who you know, what you know and how much do you really want
it. I learn t this very quickly and I believe it has given me that step
ahead, after just graduating from secondary school last year.
I understand your showcasing your first collection during your first
year of uni- that’s pretty rare! How did this come around?
Suzii K: Yes, I have been studying fashion for 12 weeks now and I can just say, I
went looking for opportunities, I found within my first 2 weeks I had
ticked off my 6 monthly goals and needed to set myself another list of
goals.. I realised very quickly that it would be very practical for me
to launch my first collection the following summer.
Wow, that's fast! So when did you start the label?
I attended a fashion event back in late March this year, where I made
some outfits for my friends and I to wear. I made cards to hand to
people to whom seemed interested and basically after that night our
outfits received a lot of positive attention and it was presumed I had
launched my label. So that’s when I decided to start up a Facebook page,
and SUZII K was born.
(Left: Some of the stunning sample pieces)
What makes Suzii K so unique?
I would describe my summer 15 collection, as bringing the old in with
the new. I feel it gives a very relaxed vibe while still being quite
beautiful. As a summer collection I want my clients to feel calm and
cool while looking chic. I feel it’s almost like a breath of fresh air
from the bright colours and prints we see come through the summer trends
year after year.
What inspires you?
I am heavily inspired by artwork, I love looking at very abstract art,
the colours, texture and medium used is inspiring in itself. I’m also
inspired by the environment around me and the shapes I come across in my
day to day life, from the architecture, to the natural landscape. I am
very passionate about merging art and fashion together to create a
unique image for my label.
What about designers?
My favourite designers would have to be Valentino; he was the designer
who made me realise I want to be a very successful designer and one day
follow in his steps. In Australian Fashion I look very much to Alex
Perry and Collette Dinnigan. Her success in the industry is very
inspiring for female designers wanting to leave their mark in the
industry both in Australian and European fashion. I admire Alex Perry’s
work very much; he continues to create effortless glamour and pure
(Right: Suzi wearing her own designers at Sydney MBFW)
So I understand, your gaining a growing celebrity following?
Yes, after working at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia, I was able
to network with some very big names in the industry both internationally
and nationally known. These include Margaret Zhang, who I have been
following and have been inspired by from the beginning of my fashion
journey three years ago. Others include Super Model Cheyenne Tozzi,
Jordan and Zac Stenmark, Abbie Weir from ANTM and the list goes on..
I obviously met you at fashion week, which collection was your fave?
Yes, Fashion Week was just incredible; no words can explain my
experience. I would defiantly have to say the Swarovski show. It was
absolutely mind blowing the jewellery was spectacular the models looked
absolutely incredible. I felt very privileged to be dressing Zac
Stenmark for the show, it was very surreal.
What's next for Suzii K?
Hmm hard work and determination. At the moment I am taking it step by
step, just focusing on the making stages for my summer collection and
continuing with my samples line in the lead up to the summer showcase.
To check out the Suzii K collection and stay up to date check out her Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/suziikonline, online store: http://suziik.bigcartel.com/ or instagram http://instagram.com/suziik_designer#