Interviewed by: Tenisha Anderson
Video: Anne-Marie Michel
Ask any designer about their experiences starting out and they may wince in shame. The painful first-time experiences of designers are completely common. There are so many different things that can be said to explain their not so ostentatious beginnings: the collection wasn’t ready, some of the invited guests did not show up, the model tripped, split the dress in half and bled to death. One of the three happened to emerging designer Satoshi Date, I’ll save the suspense, no models were harmed and the line was ready. But looking exclusively at the photos it can be said that Date’s line wasn’t commanding a Barack Obama-like crowd.
For a designer just making his bones in a treacherous industry, holding a fashion show to a relatively empty crowd could be a daunting and off-putting experience. Date rose to the occasion and created a Spring line is worth giving multiple looks and a pickup or two. While not completely polished, there is a genuine strong design ethic behind it. Almost everyone at Papierdoll cheers for the underdog and Date cemented his underdog status when towards the end of the show, with it not yet finished , the owners of the establishment where he held his show began wrapping it up by taking down his sign before he had a chance to take his congratulatory walk down the runway.
Still, Date’s show was impressive in the sense that he moved from being a graphic design artist to creating true-to life designs only recently. There’s promise in this designer and we definitely believe he has a future. His collection shows mastery of the female form, and understanding of texture. He also has the ability to use color and fabric to create great effects. This was all gleaned from one showing. We sat down with Date in his London studio and interviewed him on video to see what lies ahead for this talented young designer.