Photo: Jamar Stephens

Photo: Jamar Stephens

Afiya Francisco is a Style Expert, television and fashion personality, speaker, and brand ambassador. The Style House is a multimedia platform designed to help women approach their personal style with confidence, simplicity & joy. 

Industry Insider Interview with Marika Brose

Before launching her eponymous line of unabashedly girly dresses, Marika laid the foundation for her technical and design know-how as a student at fashion heavyweight schools such as ESMOD in Paris and the Fashion Institute of Technology in NY. Followed by stints at well-known fashion houses and retailers such Chloe, Pink Tartan, Bloomingdale's, Armani Exchange and HBC, it's no surprise that Brose has turned out a luxe spring collection filled with fab details like sequins, crystals and feathers and a certain je ne sais quoi. Your Inspiration... Vintage. Couture. Sports. The ballet. The 80's. Fairy tales. Interior design. A sense of humour.

Fashion Tricks... Having a point of view. It's always important to have confidence in your self and your look. Even if it's wrong, at least you stood for something.

Current Obsessions... Other than chocolate, I can`t stop thinking about Greece. It`s my favorite place in the world.

Ultimate Fashion Entourage... Barbie

Classic or Trendy... If you are true to your sense of style, it will naturally evolve as do you. The idea of completely changing your look from one season to another makes no sense to me. In fact, it would make me think that maybe I have no style at all. Style is something that evolves.

Street Style or Runway... My #1 purpose is to create dresses that women love to wear. I want a BROSE dress to be that dress that hangs in your closet and that you dream about wearing to impress your boss at a party, to wow guests at a reunion, or make your ex-boyfriend jealous. Photography, Phillip Maglieri.

Patience is a Virtue

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