The fashion world was treated to a fresh talent at Sprayground's New York Fashion Week (NYFW) show on September 10th. Vanessa Lubeigt, a student from Istituto Marangoni Miami, showcased her winning design as part of the brand's vibrant "Collection of Dreams Spring 2024." The event, held in the elegant Veronika space at the Fotografiska Museum, was filled with the glitterati of the fashion industry.
About the designer, Vanessa Lubeigt
Before we delve into the nuts and bolts of this year’s fashion showcase, it is important to understand who Vanessa Lubeigt is. Born to French and Colombian parents, Vanessa is a Miami-based designer who balances family life—she is a mother of two young daughters—with a burgeoning career in fashion. She moved to Miami at the age of 7 and completed her education at institutions offering French-language programs. After graduating from ISCHS with both an American Diploma and a French Baccalaureate, she faced financial barriers to attending a fashion school. Instead, she took a detour, acquiring a Business and Marketing degree and working in various roles in the corporate luxury sector, notably for LVMH Fragrance Brands, Shiseido, and JP Morgan Chase. But the call of fashion was too strong to ignore, eventually leading her to Istituto Marangoni Miami to realize her childhood dream.
Motivation to Enter the Competition
Vanessa decided to enter the Sprayground design competition to push the boundaries of her creative abilities. "Initially, I harbored doubts about whether this competition aligned with my strengths, as I lacked what I perceived as 'crazy revolutionary concepts.' It was precisely this uncertainty that spurred me to participate," she explains.
The Design Process
Vanessa was particularly captivated by the "Path to Future" Collection presented by Sprayground. The competition required participants to create designs using fabric from a chosen bag. Using CLO T3 software for pattern creation, Vanessa faced the formidable task of translating her vision to reality. The design required leather patterns to be laser-cut and meticulously hand-glued to create a compelling 3D effect.
"One of the most challenging aspects was that the individual pattern pieces appeared smaller on the dress compared to my original sketch," she shares. Vanessa and her team overcame this obstacle by resizing each element and laser-cutting it anew.
Inspiration and Coursework
Vanessa drew her inspiration from various art forms, specifically the aesthetics of cubism, and fashion giants like Jean Paul Gaultier, Balmain, and Moschino. "I aimed to create a wearable piece with an engaging silhouette," she said.
Her studies at Istituto Marangoni Miami played an invaluable role in equipping her with the skills to turn this design from concept to reality. "Before my enrollment, I lacked the skills necessary for drawing, creating effective mood boards, and making patterns," she states.
The Big Win
Winning the competition was a surreal moment for Vanessa. Despite delays and intense competition, her unique design aesthetic set her apart. "I was convinced that my creation diverged significantly from the work of my peers. It felt as though my outfit was destined for an entirely different occasion altogether," Vanessa admitted. The win has not only increased her confidence but also validated her unique vision.
Vanessa's journey doesn't stop here. She has applied for the Okinawa shoes competition and is eagerly awaiting the finalists' announcement. She is also working on a luxury handbag brand collaboration and plans to start her own fashion label soon. "These endeavors reflect my dedication to building my personal brand," she adds.
Advice to Aspiring Designers
Vanessa's advice to other aspiring designers is to embrace challenges and step out of their comfort zones. "Maintaining unwavering self-confidence in oneself and one's work is essential, regardless of how others' work may appear," she notes.
Vanessa shares an interesting anecdote about the challenges faced in getting her dress to New York. "I opted for overnight shipping, but it wasn't until three days before the show that my dress finally arrived," she recalls, highlighting the uncertainty and stress that are often part and parcel of such high-stakes competitions.