Fashionisto Brian Wood Dishes On Design
How did you get your start in the fashion industry? Did you always want to be a clothing designer?
It was so spontaneous! I kind of just jumped into it! I grew up with a fine art background, and when it came time for college I was deciding between architecture and Fashion Design and made a last minute decision to major at Pratt Institute in Fashion Design, the rest is history! It’s funny because my sister and I used to always fight on Saturday mornings, she wanted to watch a fashion channel and I wanted to watch cartoons! Designing clothes was something I never thought about growing up!
What current projects do you have in the works?
Currently I am collaborating with Crown Royal Black on a series of luxury bags for their new marketing campaign “The Weekend Traveler” + “The Big Boi Knapsack”. I am also working with Alpha Industries on a t-shirt capsule collection and a traveling installation that celebrates Alpha’s 50th year anniversary. [check out a video of the event]
And last but certainly not least I am in the early stages of planning for my LA-based B Wood Concept Shop this summer!
Where did the design inspiration for your womenswear collection with Silvio Liu come from?
SILVIO LIU’s fall/winter 2011 collection spawns from a dark place of mystery and surprise around every corner I pulled inspiration from the centuries old profession of Dominatrix. I envisioned empowered women still in touch with their softness and feminity. Think chic with a bit of a tough-girl attitude. Strong silhouettes with an aggressive nature are balanced by soft flowing wool knit jersey and silk chiffons. Delicate dresses are styled with outerwear pieces creating a new city chic.
Music seems to have an influence on your lifestyle brand Bwood, so what’s currently on your playlist?
Frank Ocean, Weeknd, Anthony Cruz, Ghostland Observatory, Lil B Da Based God
Please sum up your personal style in five words.
Effortless, Layered, Random, Casual-Chic, Fun
Lastly, what advice do you have for aspiring fashion industry hopefuls?
Love it or Leave it!
Awesome advice, short and to the point. A big thank you to Brian Wood for taking the time to talk to MyFDB. For more from the designer visit his official site.
[editor update: the designer has since parted ways with Silvio Liu]