Q&A KARINE TAWIL
Lebanese designer Karine Tawil named her label after her Austrian grandmother, Karoline Lang. Coincidentally, both surnames — ‘Tawil’ and ‘Lang’ mean ‘tall’ in Arabic and German, respectively. And indeed, Karoline Lang clothes are the type a woman can stand tall in. They’re modern, but not beholden to every whim of the fashion industry. They’re simultaneously sexy and powerful, with generous use of leather and architectural silhouettes.
“90% of the fabrics I use come from menswear. Though the result is extremely feminine,” Tawil tells us.
Tawil says the one celebrity she would like to design for is Eva Green, an actor famous for her role as the “smart” Bond girl in Casino Royale. (Eva Green also happens to look just like Tawil). Dressed in a Karoline Lang ensemble, any woman might feel prepared to do battle alongside James Bond in Monte Carlo.
We caught up with the designer to ask her about what inspired the collection, and when it’s appropriate to wear a red dress.
What inspired this collection?
I see my work as a constant continuation. It’s an ongoing progress from collection to collection. With one goal in mind imposing a recognizable style. For this season I was trying to focus more on daywear or day to night wear. Our plan is to separate the couture line from the ready to wear line. And the difference will be more and more visible from now on.
There’s so many interesting textures and contrasts in this collection, but they are pulled together in a very structured way. Can you talk a bit about your choice in fabrics?
My silhouettes are indeed very architectural. I love mixing fabrics creating new textures with plain fabrics, braiding it or pleating it. My work has a strong textural and tactile quality. It has become my trademark. I love working with leather it’s my favorite material. The mix of raffia and leather was interesting this season.
Who do you envision in your clothes? (Women who live in cities, or working, etc.)
I think that the women I talk to lives in the now. She is modern active contemporary and happy with her femininity.
I love that the collection is mostly subdued colors, but there is one red dress. Every woman needs one! What is the best occasion to wear a red dress?
Wearing it for the man you love.