Five-Minute Pow-Wow: Miguelina Gambaccini Gets Inspired
AN INTERVIEW WITH WOMENSWEAR DESIGNER MIGUELINA GAMBACCINI
Miguelina is known for her ultra-feminine designs: romantic textures, airy colors, and international allure. Her Fall 2010 collection (which our selection comes from) is inspired by the Spanish dancers depicted in Colombian photographer Ruven Afanador’s book, Mil Besos, and gets a shot of edge. We touched base with Miguelina herself to get her take on style, inspiration, and travel.
Rue La La: What is about the Spanish dancers that you found so enticing during design for your Fall 2010 collection?
Miguelina: The passion of the Flamenco dancers and the freedom of their expression. I responded to the way Ruven captured their spirit through his work.
Rue La La: What are other sources of inspiration for your line?
Miguelina: I usually gain a lot of inspiration from my travels, but this season was mainly influenced by Ruven Afanador’s work. It inspired me to incorporate a bit of edge to my own creative vision.
Rue La La: Boudoir-inspired pieces are still going strong – your collection includes lots of lace, lingerie details, and romantic materials like chiffons, velvets, and satins – tell us about this style.
Miguelina: I like things that are very feminine, but also comfortable. I like fabrics that are easy to pack, can travel well, and adapt to different climates. The Miguelina girl is always on the move and does not want to spend a lot of time packing.
Rue La La: What’s the best way women can pull off these lingerie-inspired pieces?
Miguelina: It is best to layer them.
Rue La La: Describe the woman you are designing for.
Miguelina: The woman I design for is ultra feminine and confident. She is effortlessly sexy and sophisticated.
Rue La La: What trend are you in love with right now?
Miguelina: Caftans layered with great jewelry!
Rue La La: What’s a bold style that you wish you saw on more women?
Rue La La: Your designs have a distinctive jet-setting sensibility. Discuss!
Miguelina: I love traveling and get most of my inspiration from my trips. The Parisians are very fashionable and are never shy when it comes to how they embrace their fashion. I like the drama! My Spring 2011 collection was inspired by my trip this summer Petra in Jordan. And I just returned from Acapulco and I am full of fresh ideas!