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FASHION DESIGNER Up + Coming


fave: Tell us about your fashion blog, how it did it get started, why.


Rev: My blog is Don’t Let Your Rev End, a play on words of my own name. Originally


it was a way for me to let some steam off because I found myself always frustrated with the lack of care in Ottawa of what people wore, and would go on many rants about this. My blog is now where I post my favorite songs, models, editori- als, fashion trends, and some rants still.


fave: What inspired you to make fashion your career and when did you make that decision.


Rev: I know deep down it was always a part of me, I loved and anticipated fashion in the way children loved and anticipated summer vacation. While study- ing Political Science in 2008 I began feeling weary of my studies and my older brother Cheleng suggested turning my passion for design into a career, I’ve been designing ever since, I just never had the confidence.


fave: Have you thought about Ottawa Fashion Week or other local venues.


Rev: Absolutely! I have yet to show any pieces at OFW but look forward to doing so, it is really inspiring to see new designers coming out in a city like Ottawa, where if you’ve ever lived here, you know that fashion is somewhat dead.


fave: Are you currently working on a collection, can you tell us a bit about it.


Getting to know > Revend B. faves:


Colour: Black Designer: Alexander McQueen Model: Kate Moss Wardrobe item: Cross button fisherman pant Accessory: D&G watch Beauty product: Bleu de Chanel (fragrance) Green beauty product: Shea Butter Song right now: Goverment Hooker - Lady Gaga


fave: When did your love for fashion start and who inspired you.


Rev: At the age of 6 or 7, and it was my mother who inspired me. I remember coming downstairs from my bedroom and see- ing my mother dressed like she was ready for a black tie affair. In the most beautiful black dress; hair and makeup all done up, and she wasn’t even leaving the house, she always looked fabulous for nobody but herself.


Rev: I am always working on something, I’m deciding on what pieces to make for my 2nd and final year at Richard Robinson Couture, where I am studying design. I don’t like giving anything away until the final product is there, but I hopefully anticipate a positive reaction to the collection.


fave: How would you describe your design style.


Rev: My design style is something I have a hard time describ- ing as it is somewhat eclectic . I love staple colors that can be worn over and over, but that are also exaggerated, strong shoulders, distressed & pulled leathers...I’d say my design style is angular, firm, asym- metrical, and intended to proportion a person in a different way, so that they look and feel different, I can’t stand anything generic.


fave: Describe the type of woman that would wear your de- signs.


Rev: A woman who wears Revend Brifkani is a woman who is madly confident, she never leaves the house without looking beautiful and well groomed, and has a sharp intellect. The same woman is also deeply romantic in her personal sense of style and wants to do nothing but make love to her clothes as they drape her body.


44 avef summer 2011


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