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Here, we chat with fashion designer, Edvin Thompson of Theophilio, about his Fall Winter 2021 collection unveiled during NYFW.

#GOODQuestions With Edvin Thompson of Theophilio

How was the process of sourcing and designing different this season compared to past seasons?
The weather and the pandemic has caused delayed finding sustainable resources

Do you have any day of show rituals that bring you good luck?
When I wear my Theophilio graphic family tee.

What’s your favorite look or piece from the collection and why?
The wool jacket, it reminds me of my parents on their wedding day and the jacket my father wore

Who is the woman you design for? Who is your muse?
The woman I design for is for every woman who is a leader in her community.

What measures did your team take to work efficiently but stay safe while producing this collection?
How has COVID-19 affected the way that your brand has approached fashion week and the presentation of new collections?
We have decided to recycle the models we use each season as they are friends of the brand.

In what way do you hope your collection makes a positive impact?
I hope my collection inspires conversations on sustainability, diversity and inclusivity.

Do you think it’s important virtual shows recreate the vibe of a show or create an entirely new experience?
I think a show is not defined by if its virtual or not, but rather the capacity of exposure of the collection.

Were there any experiences or lessons that you’ll take away from this unique season?
Don’t overextend myself in my creative process.

Tell us about a favorite fashion week memory.
When I got really hungover my first time at my first after party.

What were you watching most while designing this season?
Ready Player One and all 3 Matrix movies.