Hey! Thank you so much for featuring me, I’m so glad to have been given the opportunity.
I’m Kiara-Bella, a 17 yr old up and coming fashion designer and entrepreneur from Queensland, Australia. I have always dreamed of being a high-end fashion designer and to have my own international label. At age 13 I decided to start showcasing my couture fashion illustrations and feature all my own dress designs on Instagram @kiarabelladesigns. I have been running this page for over 5 years, it received a lot of attention from industry names which was exciting as I was getting through high school.
My final year of school was very difficult for me on many levels, so in September 2017 in the heat of finals, I started my fashion label Kiara-Bella Designs. I have started with feminine day wear such as skirts and matching crop tops in gorgeous fabrics, designed and handmade myself. Although it is early stages, it has received so much support – I have so many ideas for the label and I hope in the future I can incorporate my couture designs. I also hope that I can make a difference with my career in the future by heavily involving it with charity.
Where did your inspiration in fashion come from?
My love for fashion has been something that has always been a part of me since I was very little. Ever since I could hold a pencil I was drawing dresses and creative outfits constantly. My mum has kept dozens of folders full of illustrations from throughout my childhood. I would spend hours in the morning putting together extravagant outfits just for preschool and my passion for clothes and fashion only kept growing from those early days.
I get asked a lot where I get my ideas and inspiration from for my dress designs/ illustrations, but it’s always just something that comes to me as I go. I never know what I’m going to come up with when I sit down to draw, it just unfolds itself. I love so many different styles from chic to bohemian to red carpet and it is such an amazing feeling to see your ideas on paper come to life.
What is the best compliment you have received?
I think the best compliment I have received is being told that I inspire people when they see me going for my goals and chasing what I am passionate about at such a young age. It adds so much value to what I am doing with my life, that I can inspire others and motivate them to go for what their hearts desire regardless of what stage of life they are in. You are never too young or old to chase your dreams.
Which fashion accessories are a must have in your collection?
Handbags are a key accessory in my collection. I always have to make sure I have one that ties my outfit together before heading out. I also love a gorgeous pair of earrings, it makes all the difference.
Is there a food or drink you can’t live without?
Orange juice for sure! I don’t think I could ever get sick of it.
Are you more of a morning person or night owl?
I love waking up early, I get up at 5am to fit in some me-time at the beach or a workout before I start my day on the business. It’s such a great way to get on top of each day with a clear mind.
If you could collaborate with anyone, who will it be?
I would absolutely love to collaborate with Emma Watson. I love everything she stands for regarding ethical fashion and the fashion industry. It would be truly amazing to collaborate my fashion with someone so inspiring and likeminded.
What do you not get about guys?
I don’t get how so many guys look completely different on their social media to real life haha.
Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions Kiara-Bella. One question before we end, how do you define “sexy”?
I define sexy as nothing but being comfortable and confident in the skin you’re in. A woman who is sure of herself and has a kind heart radiates something powerful and there’s nothing more attractive in my eyes.
My website and official brand was launched on April 1st 2018 so head down to my social links below to stay updated and be first to see all the new designs coming. I’m also going to be uploading YouTube videos throughout the year so click the link and subscribe.
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