Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Olivia Rubin Giveaway!

Time for another giveaway. This time it is is in collaboration with Gigaset and  designer Olivia Rubin, as part of their campaign to bring back the art of conversation.
Gigaset are the home phone specialist and I love the idea of the campaign. We're too engrossed in the fast paced world of one line texts or tweets to each other, while this campaign really does aim to inspire people to have more quality and in depth conversations.

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To tie in with this, Gigaset did a short interview with Olivia Rubin about this collaboration and also her designs. It's a really interesting interview so I thought I'd share snippets of it with you guys.

 Your speech bubble print is an iconic design – what was the inspiration behind this and your other eye-catching prints?

The speech bubble print derived from my quirky take on a Pop Art classic. I wanted to create something signature that conveys the fun that can be had when having a conversation, but without using any words. I used it specifically on my new knitwear range and used black embroidery to outline each bubble on the jumper to make them really stand out. Like my other iconic prints the aim was to create something fresh and contemporary with an individual edge.

Gigaset is the stylish, home phone specialist - why have you teamed up with the brand?

The speech bubble print is the perfect accompaniment to Gigaset’s ‘Art of Conversation’ campaign, which aims to inspire and empower people to engage in quality conversations. We rely so much on email and text messages today that we risk losing the art of conversation, even though talking, more than anything else, is what keeps us connected. Gigaset’s campaign really ties in to what I’m about and works perfectly with my speech bubble print. The brand’s innovative home phones are perfect for fashion conscious females, combining style and state-of-the-art technology to produce design lead, statement home phones.

Is there a particular person you enjoy talking to the most?

It would have to be either my mum or my best friend Charlotte. I could chat to them aimlessly for hours, I think talking on the phone is definitely a ‘girl’ thing.

You’re known for your unique prints, what is your favourite design or print from your collections?

The print that means the most to me and is probably the most iconic is my brick print. It was the first print I designed for my debut collection for my label and I wanted it be a statement print with a contemporary feel, that would people would remember. The brick represents the independent, passionate women I love to dress.

What is the inspiration behind your AW13 collection? Can you talk us through it?

AW13 was about glamming up staple wardrobe basics, whether it was with colour, print or embellishment. Winter is about keeping stylishly warm so I have included some fun loving beaded knits, added some unexpected elements to a classic winter party dresses and transformed the iconic white t-shirt into a more sophisticated item. My favourite piece has to be the lace spider web jumper.

Are there any tips and advice you would give to aspiring new designers?

Stay true to your design aesthetic even while working with or for other designers and companies; never lose your personal creative stamp. Keep a sketch book. Get as much experience in your field as possible to build up your knowledge and grow your CV. Stay inspired by surrounding yourself with great design, visiting galleries, people watching or listening to music.

What is next for Olivia Rubin?

I am starting to expand my prints into areas beyond fashion. While fashion remains my true passion I’m enjoying exploring the way my prints can be manipulated in other areas such as homeware and gifting. I also want to start a more bespoke service for my regular clientele who want a one off piece for a special occasion I love interacting with my customers and think this would be the perfect way to expand my label.

And now for the giveaway. I'll be giving away a little something from Olivia Rubin's jewellery range. To enter, just leave a comment below letting me know about the most important or favourite conversation(s) you've ever had are. My favourite are the super girly catch ups I have my friends. Don't forget to leave your email address too.

This competition is open to UK Residents only and will end at Midnight on the 9th July 2013.

Good luck!

Sherin xx


Cafe Fashionista said...

Good luck to everyone! :)

Audrey Allure said...

Great giveaway!

Oh So Gawjess said...

My favourite conversation was when my fiancé asked me to marry him! awwwww

ohsogawjess at gmail dot com


Helen Dickinson said...

My Fav convo was talking to my partner about naming our little boy before he was born :)

Helen Greenwood said...

My fella and I managed to get a ride from Vegas to LA train station a few years back. The guy who drove us was Martha Reeves ex. He was a retired entertainment director and had worked with all the stars in Vegas and had grown up around the corner from Motown in Detroit. He had so many stories about the stars. We did some investigating when we arrived home and they all checked out. Martha even penned a song about him. Crazy. Couldn't make it up!!

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