Mauvais Langue - "chicle de anya" interview

Posted by gabriellenp in Fashion

Houston, Texas based visionary and fashion designer, Anya Lloyd, puts the “chic” into chicle de anya, the name of Anya’s delectable confection of dresses, leggings and more. Her playful use of patterns and clever blend of colors combined with fine quality makes her creations distinct and swoonworthy. Not to go unnoticed is Anya’s obvious inspiration from music that is a recurrent theme through the various collections she designs. The fashionista took time out of her schedule to chat with Mauvais Langue on the subject of “cool people,” the influence of music and the thrills of being a designer.

Mauvais Langue: What inspired you to start your own line?
Anya Lloyd: Art inspired me. I’m a painter by heart, but I love fashion. Creating my own line gave me the satisfaction of doing the best of both worlds. In my own words, I feel like I’m creating sculptures you can live in.

ML: What motivates you to continue designing?
AL: I’m not gonna lie…cool people. When I see a random awesome chick, I immediately think, “She should wear my clothes!” Most importantly, people that “get it” are the kids that really dig my stuff and are amazed; which makes me naturally want to make more.

ML: Muses?
AL: The first thing that comes to mind is electronica, not a person. Well, my friends too. I often think, “Can i see them wearing this?” If not, I don’t make it.

ML: Where can someone outside of Houston obtain some of your frocks?
AL: Online on my blog, www.chicledeanya.blogspot.com. I usually post pics of things I’ve made. It’s pretty easy to contact me too.

ML: Your line features a ton of edgy styles that have whimsical details. I consider the whimsical details woven throughout your line as your “signature.” For Betsey Johnson, it’s her use of ruffles or stud detail. For Custo Barcelona, it’s punchy patterns amid vibrant colors. Did I get it “right” by saying your signature is all in the details?
AL: YES! I also love textures and patterns. I feel like my clothes are a reflection of my paintings. I usually mix patterns and add an element of surprise. I’m a believer of mixing crazy prints together.

ML: Any new developments for chicle de anya?
AL: Currently, I’ve really gotten into styling for photo shoots. But with me, who knows? I may surprise you. I might one day quit my day job and start my chicle de anya empire.

ML: Music and fashion go hand-in-hand. There are many musicians with successful lines. In addition, many designers state that certain singers, bands or rappers serve as the key inspirations for their collections. Do you feel that music influences some of the collections you have created or will create?
AL: Music is chicle de anya. The greatest compliment anyone ever told me was: “Your clothes look like music, your patterns are like beats.” When I work, music is on heavy rotation. Bjork, Roisin Murphy, Little Dragon and M.I.A. are women I admire in every way. Like you said, music and fashion are connected at the hip. I think it’s awesome that some musicians are making clothes; it’s an extension of their creativity. I’m personally a fan on M.I.A.‘s line, which is basically hoodies and leggings…which coincidentally is what I’m known for. ♫