5 Minutes With Fashion Designer Camilla Franks

Kaftan designer Camilla Franks talks about fashion, art and where she loves to shop.

What is the book next to your bed?

“The Visual Guide To Traditional Techniques World Textiles by John Gillow and Bryan Sentence.”

What’s your favourite colour to wear?

“I don't discriminate against colour, especially as it plays a vital role in my brand's philosophy and seasonal designs. Colour gives people vitality, energy, happiness and personality.”

I like the feeling of …

“Free-flowing luxury silks.”

Three words to sum up my collection for S/S 11

“Colourful, luxurious, digital prints.”

Favourite place to shop

“If I had to pick my favourite place to shop it would be the ION Orchard. This is one of the Singapore's newest mall complexes on the renowned Orchard Road shopping strip. It has eight levels and 300 stores of pure shopping bliss. Whether you’re a Gucci, Herve Leger or Mui Mui girl, or a TopShop, Sephora and Zara lass, or a bit of both, you’ll find it here.”

Favourite artist?

“Frida Kahlo.”

The only footwear I need is …

“Trainers. It's important to exercise daily to cleanse and clear the mind.”

Stranded on an island i would pack my ...

“Dogs, Evian spray and a top chef.”

Favourite place in the world?

“The La Colombe d'Or Restaurant in St Paul de Vence, France. It is my favourite place to visit as the walls feature the worlds most famous artists like Pablo Picasso, Miro and Kadinsky. A century ago, La Colombe d'Or Restaurant as a destination for artists to dine and exchange an artwork for a meal. Today, artworks hang in the same position and have an iconic tourist attraction.”

What is always in your handbag?

“Avene Spray, Napoleon light lip gloss, Fiji Water, Camilla scarf, iPod, Blackberry, Camilla look book.”

Who's your style icon?

“Veruschka von Lehndorff. She was a beautiful tall German model with stunning blue eyes who was a popluar 1960's actress and artist.”

Best piece of fashion advice?

“Don't follow trends, create your own style and individuality, and of course wear colour.”

Must have wardrobe item for S/S 11?

“Sphinx Panthera Balloon Jumpsuit Slik Crepe with matching Panthera printed wedges.”

When women wear my clothes i want them to feel ...

“Comfortable, sexy, playful, strong and unique.”

If you were an animal, what would you be?

“A chameleon because they are constantly changing colour.”

See Camilla at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Sydney. August 23-27, Sydney Town Hall. Tickets on sale at Ticketek.com.au

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