Boris HanečkaFashion Designer

A Breath of Fresh Air

An interview with the rising Slovak designer behind the showcase looks and how he was inspired to personify Preciosa’s Aurora.

How long have you been in fashion?

Professionally, for about 15 years.

Can you please describe your take on Aurora – how have the crystals inspired this collection?

I imagine the goddess Aurora as a powerful deity who loved beauty, and also loved to be beautiful. I was inspired by the tears she shed for her son, whom she lost, which are visible in my collection as structures that showcase their journey. I was also inspired by the colours of the crystals, which evoke sunrise – very exotic and powerful.

How did you come to collaborate with Preciosa?

I was especially drawn to this collection – I think the idea of Aurora is rather fresh. I also greatly appreciate the work and opinion of their new in-house Head of Design & Trends, Miss Olo Křížová. It’s all been very exciting.

Did you enjoy working with the crystals?

I have to say it was very inspiring and, altogether, a beautiful process. Working with them definitely awakened a kind of playfulness within me.

How is the design process different when working with crystal rather than without crystals?

Working with crystals requires a greater ability to envision the final look. You have to consider the sparkling effect the crystals will have, which aren’t always flattering around certain parts of the body. They highlight whatever they touch, so it can be rather delicate – you can end up highlighting aspects of the body or silhouette that are better left hidden.

In your opinion, what is the most important thing to remember when working with crystals?

The point is to give them a new character so that they don’t look kitsch. As a designer, it’s my job to make them look beautiful, not vulgar or superficial.

What trends can we look forward to seeing on the catwalk in 2018?

I think that crystals will definitely play an increasingly important role. From the avant-garde to historically romantic, they never go out of fashion and are truly a textile staple.

Generally speaking, where do you find inspiration in your day-to-day life?

Inspiration is like breathing – so, it’s constant and coming from everywhere.

How long do you typically work on a collection?

Usually three to four months, but it all depends on the collection size and the final number of outfits.

What does fashion mean to you?

I have been interested in fashion since I was young. Actually, it really took a hold on me during a pottery class I took in high school – the process of creation, I mean. Fashion is also a lifestyle, and has been since pre-history. Fashion is a pheno-menon. It has the power to warm the soul through aesthetic and feeling.