Fashion anarchy on my blog this week as I introduce to you the forward thinking clothing label, TRNDSXL, whose collections are designed to flatter both male and female alike – with the aims of inspiring fashion individuals as well as attempting to blur the lines between men & women’s fashions. Intrigued? I caught up with designer Francesca Soroccos to find out more….
Hi! My name is Frankie, I am 24 years old and originally from South East London.
TRNDSXL is a forward thinking clothing label advocating for social change through the medium of gender fluid fashion. What inspired you to set up the label, rejecting the High Street conventions that support gender divisions?
For me, when I was conceptualizing the brand, it was really important that it had a social core. At the time, unisex clothing was pretty new and there wasn’t a lot out there in terms of different styles and designers. I wanted to offer something a bit different to the market.
Have you always had a background in, and a passion for, fashion?
Yes! I have always loved fashion; I studied at LCF for about 6 months and then dropped out! The course just wasn’t right for me and I just wasn’t the same as the other people in my class, so I just decided to try something else. It was then I went to Southampton and studied hair and make-up design, which was great and so creative, but at the end of my degree, I said to my tutors that I wanted to create a fashion brand for my FMP, and was that okay?! 2 years later, here we are!
I love the silk dress shirts – such a classic & classy design. What pieces are proving popular amongst your customers so far this season?
Thank you! The fabric is from Lake Como in Italy and there were only 10 metres left in the world, so I had it digitally re-printed at Glasgow School of Art. It really reminds me of Italian renaissance art, but it’s just so retro and cool too! Every fabric in the collection is limited and non-repeatable, so each garment is limited edition really, there are only four of each left…
Out of all the outfits in your collection, what is your favourite?
I love the Silk Dress Shirt and Trousers but the Duchesse Satin just looks really seventies high school prom which is so much fun! And the plum suiting is really wearable.
Your outfits are timeless classics designed to act as statement pieces in your wardrobe. Where did you draw inspiration from for your collection?
It’s a fusion of minimal tailoring with an urban/seventies vibe. What inspires me is when I can look at a fabric and think that it will never go out of style, because it’s so classic!
If you were able to visit any where in the world, to inspire a collection, where would you go?
Cuba, in Havana – apparently it’s like stepping into a time warp; or if money was no object, a road trip around the USA.
Which famous person would you love to see as the “face” of the TRNDSXL collection?
Haha! I can dream! Well, I have actually written a letter and tweeted Boy George, but he hasn’t replied yet…I’m keeping everything crossed!
Looking ahead to Autumn/Winter 2016 – what styles/ colours do you hope will dominate your collection?
It still has a slight nod to the seventies minimal theme but in a different way and playing about with silhouettes a bit more, with maybe an unexpected colour…
As you are based in England, is your clothing range available to purchase overseas too?
Yes, everything is made and sourced in the UK, but I do ship to Europe and America too, so don’t be shy!
For each item sold you will be donating 5% of the cost to the Nail Transphobia campaign. Can you tell us a bit about the campaign?
Nail Transphobia is a campaign founded by Charlie Craggs to break down antagonistic attitudes towards trans people; to do this she offers a free nail service so people can come and meet her and ask any questions they have about trans people. She has achieved so much and is currently running a petition that people can sign so all GPs will be given in-depth training on treating transgender patients as part of the GP curriculum. This is so important and could really help thousands of people that are struggling to understand what they are feeling. If you haven’t already, go and sign it!
Personal now – what outfits and shoes would you normally be found wearing?
Day to day I wear black, black and more black! ….with black shoes of course! It just feels like a kind of non-uniform uniform I guess?!
Do you have any favourite shops or online sites?
I am constantly browsing the Internet for cool things, so it constantly changes, but I love Studio Nicholson’s silhouettes.
What’s next on your clothes/shoe wish list?
I am still searching for the perfect jacket…..
Boots or Shoes?
Shoes or ankle boots, as I always like to be showing a bit of skin in the ankle area 😉
Links you would like to share e.g. website/facebook/twitter etc so that readers can find out more about TRNDSXL
I wish you well with your clothing label, Frankie…. it is refreshing to find a label that blurs the gender line. I’ve been known to borrow my 18year old son’s T shirts…. In fact, my husband’s t-shirts, shirts, socks & jumpers have been fair game too! Dear readers, what do you think about blurring the gender lines? What unisex clothing do you wear? What do you wear that was originally meant for the opposite sex? Do share your opinions, I’d love to know what you think…
Photos published with kind permission from TRNDSXL.