I know I have raved about her before, but really, can you ever get enough of Amanda Bolero’s Bolero Collection? I sure can’t, and to top off my Bolero Collection fanaticism, we here at Ewing Fashion Agency are putting on a runway show featuring her work. This Italian beauty isn’t what you’d expect for an amazing designer in SL. She’s a RL nurse, with a love for backpacking all over the world. I’m sure this world wide travelling has only added to the edge her designs have. She creates amazing outfits. She took a minute to talk with me about the show, her upcoming line, and what it’s been like for her to be a Second Life fashion designer.
DE: What made you decide to come to SL?
AB: I read an article on a magazine about Second Life, but I thought it was a game, like Lara Croft., hehe. So I tried it and very soon I understood it was something different and very exciting.
DE: Did you fall in love with SL right away?
AB: At the beginning yes, I was addicted! Through my first months I was here until early morning.
DE: What made you design to start designing clothes?
AB: Like all women here, I was a customer, but sometimes I wasn’t able to find what really I wanted. I had lots of ideas, but I was not able to use the necessary programs. So, I said to myself, “If everybody does it, why can’t I do the same? Why can’t I learn? I’m not stupid,” hehe. So a friend of mine came to my house and in half an hour I had an idea of how to use templates and Photoshop. Then, I tried and I asked again and again until I had the ability to make pretty much what I wanted. But I know I still have to improve every day. Now it’s been almost a year since I started designing clothes here.
DE: You have an upcoming fashion show with our agency, Ewing Fashion Agency. Tell me a little bit about what is in store for the show.
AB: I like the idea of secrets and surprises, but I will tell you that all the people at the event will be part of the show. It will be different from others. I thought a lot about the stage design and the music. Connie Molinaro (Ewing Fashion Agency’s PR and Events Manager) understood instantly what I had in my crazy mind. She is orchestrating a really spectacular show!
DE: I can’t wait! When it comes to your designs, which ονε is your favorite?
AB: I like more than one. I do like those dresses that turned out exactly how I wanted them a little more though. I like the super sexy ones, like Trittico!
DE: Where do you get your ideas for new dresses from?
AB: Well, I have an idea first. I don’t design it on paper, because during the designing process I begin to see better what I want exactly, what will look the best. So, sometimes the initial idea is not like the final dress. I just let my mind fly.
DE: I know you and I have previously talked about your fall line. When will we get to see your new fall styles?
AB: I will release the fall line in my store in mid-October and I’m very proud of how it is coming. You can see one piece on the stage during the show!
DE: That is exciting! We sure don’t want to miss the show! Is there anything else you’d like the readers to hear from you?
AB: Yes, I want to say thank you very much to all the customers that send me IMs, giving me such beautiful compliments on my work. And on an occasions like this, a public thank you is very important.