Kinder Aggugini: exclusive interview

23/10/2012

via fashioned by love | Kinder Aggugini by Kevin Wong for Everzine Issue 3
A brilliant and very unique Italian-born London-based designer, Kinder Aggugini studied at Saint Martins, worked with
John Galliano, Vivienne Westwood and Donatella Versace as well as Costume National, Calvin Klein and Paul Smith.

Until his debut in February 2009, he was fashion editors’ best kept secret. The orders for redingotes, Chanel-inspired tweed jackets (Kinder once referred to his work as an unholy marriage of Coco Chanel and Sid Vicious), silk dresses and evening pea coats were placed privately and admired by the selected few.

And then he came out bringing a mix of romantic prints and structured garments to the London Fashion Week giving it an absolutely new and fresh dimension.

His mind, just like a beautiful kaleidoscope made of rainbow pieces, creates dreams of a wearable kind. His collections, influenced by memories from his punk rock past and Italian heritage, love of books, music and art and his deep knowledge of fabrics  and techniques, are for those women who love ageless style, impeccable quality, have a sense of humour and enjoy being a little bit unpredictable.

It was a very bold move for me to ask Kinder for an interview – he agreed (and made me feel incredible). Having his answers is like receiving a precious gift and I cannot thank him enough for sharing his time and thoughts with me.

When did fashion become a part of your life?
As far as I can remember I was always obsessed with fashion. In my teens I learned to make my own clothes and experimented with a number of looks. When my peers started asking to have what I was wearing I decided to figure how to do this forever.

Who has been the greatest influence on your career?
The Designers I worked for. I chose them because I found them inspiring and ultimately they shaped the way I design today.

What was working with Donatella like?
I had a great time. She’s one of the most generous kind and funny people I know. When I met her she said I didn’t formally train as a designer but I worked for 25 years with one of the best in the world, I must have learned something”. She was absolutely right.

What was the best lesson you’ve learned from working with Galliano?
I learned that cutting on the bias is not a standard rule, it can be done in multiple ways and each can have a distinctively different effect.

What do you think of first thing in the morning?
Since I started my own collection I always wake up with a mixture of concerns for all the things I haven’t done and the excitement for all I’m about to do.

What is the most fascinating thing about creating a collection?
It’s such a thrill to bring something into existence. From a simple thought to a three-dimensional object it truly gives me the greatest pleasure.

Do you still design with the music in your head playing like a sound track?
Always! I find music extremely stimulating. In the absence of anything playing in the room my head switches on.

You do come across as a music connoisseur – what are your favourite bands /artists?
Really hard to narrow it down I have such a varied love of music. This morning I thought of Bach - Double Violin Concerto in D Minor and a moment ago I had Skrillex – Breakn’a Sweat ringing in my head. I think my brain also functions as an iPod.

What are the top 3 things on your “Million things to-do list” right now?
Research. Fabric Selection. Accounts.

What is your fashion philosophy?
Bold fabrics in chic shapes. Bold shapes in chic fabrics. Always have a look.

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5 THINGS ABOUT KINDER

Favourite dessert: Eaton Mess.
Best way to relax: Meditate or videogames.
If you could be anywhere right now, where would you find yourself? Walking on Zabriskie Point.
Books or magazines? Books.
One of your guilty pleasures: I love Disco.

Photo source: Kinder photographed by Kevin K Wong Studio for Everzine Issue 3, aggugini.com, style.com

34 comments:

  1. I love his designs! Those AW '12 pieces are wicked! Thanks for the interview x

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  2. Fantastic interview, I love the relaxation differences - meditating / video games are the ultimate opposites ha-ha! Beautiful clothes too especially the beaded maxi dress

    Sarah
    http://fashionismyh2o.blogspot.co.uk/
    xx

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    1. Do visit the website (link above) to see the rest of the collections. He does make beautiful things... x

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  3. What a wonderful surprise! I love your interviews and this one was great. I can imagine your excitement when he accepted your invitation. Each designer has his/her own vision and I always learn something new when I read their thoughts on fashion and more private things. xo

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    1. I am glad you liked it, Ada. I agree with you - this is the whole point why I love talking to people like him - they are so unique and intelligent, can enrich your world and also make one understand the meaning and idea behind their collections. I couldn't have asked for more.

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  4. Thanks, Little Rus, for sharing this "new" designer, at least for me is new. I like the boldness and chicness, two of the fashion terms that are a must for me. Have a lovely day :*

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    1. Glad you liked the interview. I actually blogged about Kinder in the past on at least three occasions - if you like, you can always use the tag and search for previous posts.

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  5. The first two looks are my favorite - I want!

    Great interview! I love the fact that he's a bigger fan of books than magazines - literature can be so inspirational to fashion!! :)

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    1. Oh yes, I want a few pieces from that collection, too. You can see the rest on his website... Such a shame they are difficult to source since it's been a while. He is incredibly interesting and intelligent... I wish I could just listen and talk, listen and talk... And yes, totally agree about books being inspiring! x

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  6. Love the coats and the interview is really interesting.

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  7. What an interesting (good looking too) guy. Good questions from you and answers from him. Love the 5 things. Had a look at Zabriskie Point and was surprised to find it was in Death Valley - I was expecting somewhere verdant and lush. Also for a former Punk I loved the fact that his guilty pleasure is Disco. That made me smile. Xxxx

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    1. Thank you! And yes I am with you on the good looking remark.:) I had to look up Zabriskie Point, too... It sounded Polish to me... (beetroot coloured blush is about to happen) I thought the place was magnificent when I saw the photos. Those colours and velvety texture against the blue sky can certainly inspire a creative mind.
      xxx

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  8. That was refreshing, a little peek into the mind of a designer.
    Thanks for sharing with us.

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    1. Pleasure! I was so excited about this interview - it was truly a heart-jumping-out-of-my-chest moment. :)
      x

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  9. carinissimo questo post! e gli abiti sono adorabili!
    se ti va passa da me che c'è un nuovo post, parla di un nuovo ebook sul make up!

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  10. Congratulations Natalia on this amazing interview! Kinder is all around fabulous and ooh la la very handsome! I enjoyed this very much! The questions were unique and so were his answers. What a nice pairing :) He has worked with THE BEST in the industry and it shows. I love his philosophy, the way he thinks, what he designs, and how he lives. Exquisite!
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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    1. Thank you for your wonderful words, Kim! xxx

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  11. haha i love the disco part!

    Jessica
    http://www.jumpintopuddles.com

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  12. Amazinh, i love the most recent collection
    Xo Megan

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  13. How wonderful that you had the opportunity to interview such a talent! I would have been over the moon myself. I love how he referred to his work as an unholy marriage of Coco Chanel and Sid Vicious. Such a brilliant combination. I had a bit of punk phase in my life too so I'm always drawn to the alternative take on classics. Also love how his guilty pleasure is disco. I have to admit the same :) Wonderful interview! xoxo

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  14. Wow what an interview! Congratulations :)
    And thank you so much for your sweet comment ^^

    Sun-driven.blogspot.com

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  15. His pieces are GORGEOUS! Congratulations for the opportunity of that fantastic interview!

    With love from San Francisco, California,
    Sabrina
    http://www.rougespark.com

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  16. Great interview! Thanks for stopping my my blog today :)

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  17. great inspirational posts in this blog! :)

    xo
    osmiuminlove.blogspot.com

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  18. Some very creative designs and beautiful prints and colour combinations.
    http://missbbobochic.blogspot.co.uk/

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  19. thank you for your sweet comment!
    sounds like a great interview! i enjoyed reading it. thanks for sharing :)

    happyleeliving.blogspot.com

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  20. Ooo I love his designs that royal blue dress is stunning. And a man who admits to loving disco??? Fab

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  21. This is seriously one of the best blogs I've seen in a while.

    xx,
    Lucija
    WLL

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  22. adore!!!!:)))
    xx



    ps. let us know if you would like to follow each other
    xoxo

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  23. Dear Natalia, thanks you so much for sharing this interview! I love discovering what inspire designers and you asked very good questions to get an insights on his vision, creations and experience. Bravo!

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