Sheri Rose Fall 2005
Vancouver Fashion Week Fall 2005
By Lucas Aykroyd
Photos by Ashley Maile
Rosy Future Looms for Sheri Rose
VANCOUVER, Apr 13, 2005/ FW/ --- Well-known in Vancouver for her custom-fit clothing, Sheri Rose Wenden has established herself as a designer to watch as she explores the ready-to-wear business.
Her signature style – reversible clothes, making it two dresses in one, like the aquamarine charmeuse cocktail dress with a deep brown reversible interior.
And with prices ranging from CDN$250 to $500, her creations are very affordable, which by the way are available at Vancouver’s Barefoot Contessa and Miss Coquette boutiques and online at mysherirose.com.
FashionWindows: Let's talk about the theme of your collection.
Sheri Rose Wenden: It's called the Ananda Collection, inspired by contrasting colors, strength, and women. My dresses are named after children and friends that I know. Each piece is intimate and has a reflection of personality and character.
FW: What's behind your choices in silk satins and charmeuse?
Wenden: I love the feel of nice fabric on the skin. If it feels nice, you feel beautiful, elegant and wonderful. That's a priority for me as a designer. I want people wearing my clothes to feel incredible, yet think of the clothes as very practical and wearable.
FW: And reversible, too, in many cases.
Wenden: Yeah, that's a little trick that I've added so that you get more wear out of it.
FW: Which fashion decades inspire you the most?
Wenden: The 30's are certainly an influence, but I like the 70's too, especially for the dance aspect. I was a dancer before, so I like clothes that feel good when you're dancing.
FW: You do a lot of custom-fitted work. Is that going to be difficult to maintain as your business grows?
Wenden: No matter how big it grows, I want to maintain the custom aspect of what I do. I love working individually and creating something special based on her skin color and body, so that it's not just off the rack.
FW: What are your goals for the future?
Wenden: To push the line that I have now into different markets including Europe and the States. I would like to continue working with luxury fabrics, but in very simple shapes and forms, just adding my own little twists.