NYFW DESIGNER FEATURE: IDAN COHEN

NYFW DESIGNER FEATURE: IDAN COHEN


My Interview with Idan Cohen for Fashion Collective Magazine
Fashion Collective’s international correspondent Talia Zoref interviews fashion designer Idan Cohen who presented his latest collection at NYFW 2015.

Idan Cohen is a Tel-Aviv based bridal and evening-wear designer who presented his first collection at New York Mercedes Benz Fashion Week 2015. His newest collection is a mixture of femininity and sexiness that every woman embodies within herself. I had the pleasure to interview Idan, a young designer who never stops dreaming of becoming a worldwide brand someday.
FC: How did you end up becoming a bridal designer?

Idan: What I love about fashion is Haute Couture. The HC market is basically the bridal market and the celebrity market. I decided to start off with bridal gowns but I have also been creating eveningwear since my first days as a designer

FC: You studied Fashion Design at the famous Marangoni Institute in London. Tell me about your experience.

Idan: London is a great city I had a lot of fun there. The streets are inspiring; the fashion, the people, and the architecture in this city are truly interesting and different. I met a lot of great people in the fashion industry but I always wanted to work back home, in Tel Aviv.

FC: What was the most important thing you learned at school?

Idan: I learned that you have to look at the bigger picture. It is important to tell a story with your designs. It is also important to design from different angel/ perspectives and most importantly to have your own voice.
FC: You were chosen to present your collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York. How did you get this opportunity?

Idan: I sent an email to Kelly Cutrone (Fashion Producer) and she responded asking for a Skype call with me. She really loved what I was doing. When I became a representative of Kelly, IMG saw my work, got information about my designs and asked to see some collections. After a few weeks they invited me for a meeting, one week passed and I got an email saying that I had been chosen to present in MBFW 2015.
FC: When did you design your first wedding gown?

Idan: I made my first wedding gown 4 years ago. I designed it for my sister-in-law and incorporated beautiful French Solstiss lace into the gown.

FC: What is your biggest dream as a fashion designer?

Idan: My dream is to become a worldwide brand.



FC: Tell me about your experience building your own bridal studio in Tel Aviv.

Idan: After I spent a year working at a jeans company, I decided to open up my own studio in Tel Aviv. It was a small boutique on Dizzengoff St. Today, I have a big store on Neve Tzedek Street in Tel Aviv, 400 sq meters.

FC: What is your definition of success in the fashion industry?

Idan: I want to be satisfied from what I do and create. I would like a lot of celebrities to wear my clothes and my collection to sell worldwide.
FC: Who is the style icon you dream of designing a wedding dress for?

Idan: Scarlet Johansson is definitely a person I want to design a dress for.

FC: What are your tips for a young bridal fashion designer getting started?

Idan: Never stop dreaming!

Visit Idan Cohen at http://www.idancohen.net/visit Talia Zoref at http://fashionscissors.net/
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