Khanh loves Dallas—with great resources located right here; Khanh has no desire to move her studio to New York City. With sales, marketing and a PR team driving the brand in the big apple, celebrities, buyers and magazine editors are taking note of this Rising Star from Dallas. Khanh focuses on the design and production from Dallas, and with evident success over the last two years, it’s only natural that the FGI Dallas board voted unanimously, for Nha Khanh to be the Rising Star in Fashion Design—amidst many worthy designers that this city nurtures.
What is your design philosophy?
The Nha Khanh mission is to empower a woman with inner strength through her clothing with a focus on “elegance with a modern edge”. “Nha”, in Vietnamese, is a feminine word implying ‘light’, whereas “Khanh” is a masculine word, meaning celebration. The fusion of the words creates a balance of unison between what is feminine and what is masculine. The collection joins “lightness” and “softness” of silhouette and fabrication, with the celebration of construction and classic bodies.
Tell me about the celebrities that you have dressed, and for which events?
Brooklyn Decker at the Spike TV’s 2011 Video Game Awards, Ahna O’Reilly at the 2012 SAG Awards, Kim Kardashian and Kourtney Kardashian in several episodes of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, also in Us Weekly magazines, etc., Giuliana Rancic hosting E! News, Kelly Osbourne on Anderson Cooper, and Jeannie Mai at the 2012 Emmy Awards.
What does this award mean to you?
It is a dream came true. I remember when I first learned about FGI four years ago in college since then I dreamt and set it as a goal to be recognised as a successful fashion designer. I’ve received the ‘Top Achievement Award’ at the FGI Dallas Career Day four years ago as a student, and I will soon be honoured with a Rising Star Award professionally. This is definitely a dream come true and means a great deal to me.
Share your inspiration about the Spring 2013 collection, colour, and styles?
The collection’s inspiration came to me when I was at the very early stage of my pregnancy; I was happier and very drawn to happy and bold colours. I’ve always love the art deco era and I am very inspired by the architecture, art, and fashion of that era in general, and I incorporated lines and shapes with floral patterns and dots as special details in the garments. There are petal necklines and peplum tops and dresses with contrast bias binding and piping to add some sweetness, but I still keep the designs fresh, clean and modern.
If you could choose a muse for your next collection, who that be and why?
Carine Roitfeld, she’s the ultimate modern and powerful woman.
What advice would you give an aspiring Dallas-based fashion designer?
Dallas fashion scene might not be as big as NYC or Paris, but we do have great resources here in our obackyardard. As an aspiring designer, you must be resourceful, get involved with the community and stay focused on developing your design aesthetic.