January 14, 2015 12:00 AM | by The Fustany Team
Caroline Seikaly Talks Fashion, Celebrities and Motherhood
You probably have seen Caroline Seikaly's designs, either worn by well-known celebrities like Hayden Panettiere and Madonna, or from her fashion shows in Paris and New York. We decided to have a talk with Caroline Seikaly, where she discussed fashion, celebrities and how she juggles between her career and motherhood.
Introduce yourself with three random facts about you.
Spontaneous, passionate and addicted to music.
We have to ask this! What was it like working with Karl Lagerfeld’s creative team? Has your work with him impacted your designs?
I feel extremely lucky to have had such a great opportunity to learn from one of the greatest talents in the industry. Working with Karl Lagerfeld's team had a big impact on the development of my identity as a designer. He is like an architect; through him I strengthened my graphic approach to designing and constructing the garment with cuts and lines to enhance the body.
Who was the first celebrity you dressed and what did it feel like?
Hayden Panettiere on the David Letterman show. It felt amazing!
What is it like balancing between motherhood and your career? And, what is one piece of advice you can give to working mothers?
It is very stressful, because I want to give a 100% to my family and a 100% to my career which is impossible, so I do the best I can, without feeling guilty. My advice to working mothers is to set your priorities, get organized and most important: give yourself a break or you'll drive yourself mad.
Your most memorable moment in your career is…
When Madonna wore my dress to the Marc Jacobs fashion show.
A lady should never...
Look through her husband’s phone.
Tell us a bit more about your personal style, what are your favorite five pieces in your wardrobe?.
My style is very casual. At the end of the day, I am a mom, wife and designer. For me, comfort and style go hand in hand. I like to wear pieces that reflect my mood and are true to my personality.
My five favorite pieces are jeans, t-shirts, sweaters, sneakers and high heels.
Bags or shoes? Shoes.
Hats or scarves? Scarves.
Heels or flats? Depends on the occasion.
Nude or red? Depends on my mood.
Who is the one person you would love to dress one day?
Charlize Theron. Her beauty isn't just defined by her stunning physical attributes; it is enhanced by her strength as a woman, mother and actor. Her tall, statuesque figure makes it easy for her to wear any of my designs, but I would love to see her in one of the long flowing gowns, with a backless cut as she is both elegant and sensual.
You started designing back in 2006, when there was no Instagram yet. How do you feel social media has affected you and your designs over the years?
Social media has definitely exposed my designs both locally and regionally, however, it hasn’t affected my designs. Social media is one important component of brand development, but it doesn’t affect the design part of my work, it just spreads the designs through different communication channels.
I am working on launching an online Caroline Seikaly program in the coming months, whereby clients can custom-make their own version of the coveted lace dress. This is an example of how we are adapting our supply chain model to integrate the end user with the brand.
Share with us your resolutions for 2015.
Stop saying “I have to” and start saying “I get to” do things, from the Dalai Lama.