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Florencia Kozuch (London, UK)

Argentinian tribes, rock’n’roll, fetish wear, home cooking and the seaside- a day in the life of CSM graduate Florencia Kozuch

What happens when an ancient Argentinian tribe discovers rock’n’roll? Well, we’re not entirely sure but figured that it would be something like Florencia Kozuch’s graduate collection. Featuring capes of luscious, lonf hair, featherd headbands and towering head pieces, Kozuch’s collection is a lavish offering designed for fierce tribal queens and hard rocking femme bassists alike. Experimenting with a myriad of textiles, textures and proportions, Kozuch’s work is intriguingly detailed and alluringly wearable. Here she talks to Dazed about graduating from Central Saint Martins, the infallibility of Karl Lagerfeld and a lifetime of Barmitzvahs…

Dazed Digital: How old are you?
Florencia Kozuch: I am 23.

DD: How long have you been designing?
Florencia Kozuch: I've been drawing forever. But I guess I was designing properly since I was 11.

DD: Where are you based?
Florencia Kozuch: In Streatham Hill at the moment but looking for new accommodation.

DD: How would you describe your own style?
Florencia Kozuch: I would like to say individual, but I guess its a mix of classic garments and a bit of rock’n’roll.

DD: Who would you like to collaborate with?
Florencia Kozuch: Stephen Jones, Jurgen Teller and Kanye West amongst others...

DD: Who do you have in mind when you design?
Florencia Kozuch: A forward-thinking, strong, individual woman. Unafraid and stylish.

DD: What inspires you at the moment?
Florencia Kozuch: Fetish wear, Gossip Girl, the Jesus and Mary Chain and the Onas (the Argentinian tribe who were the main source of inspiration for my graduate collection).

DD: Who are your favorite designers and why?
Florencia Kozuch: Karl Lagerfeld because he can do no wrong, old  Balenciaga because his collections still look avant-garde. And I currently developed a Rodarte and Balmain crush.

DD: Were you interested in fashion while growing up?
Florencia Kozuch: Yes, I had a fabulously dressed mother and I think I can still remember what everyone wore on every Barmitzvah, wedding and birthday party I attended in my teenage years. I was addicted to FTV, MTV and any fashion magazine that I could get my hands on.

DD: What are the difficulties faced being a designer today?
Florencia Kozuch: First money, but I'm coming round to terms that I wont have any for quite a while so i'm working around it. and the tough competition, being sorrunded by talented people is both intimidating and inspiring.

DD: If you weren't designing, what would you be doing?
Florencia Kozuch: Probably cooking. I would love to be a chef or a landscape designer and live by the sea.

DD: What are your plans for the future?
Florencia Kozuch: At the moment I am working on an extension to my graduate collection as well as collaborating with other designers. My plan is to slowly set up my own brand here in London.

DD: Can we buy your collection?
Florencia Kozuch: Yes, I'll be honored! Please just get in touch.

CREDITS for main image
Photography Saga Sigurdardottir
Styling Anna Trevelyan
Hair Hiroshi Matsushita using Bumble and Bumble
Make up Thomas de Kluyver using MAC
Models Tess @ Models 1