Local fashion label Zardoze has recently recruited John Paul Rangel as their new head designer. The 31-year-old "citizen of the world" was actually part of a television reality show called The Apartment (it's about interior design) before joining the one-year-old label. Describing his style as "interestingly put together", Rangel's aptitude for design has led him to working with renowned fashion houses like Alexander Wang, Michael Kors, Narcisco Rodriguez and Marc by Marc Jacobs.
As the new head designer for Zardoze, what can we expect from you guys in the near future?
Zardoze directly translates to "golden stitch". So to us, the golden stitch represents not just an element of beauty but something that encompasses high quality materials and unique fabric treatments and embellishments. I have been with Zardoze for five weeks and will be spearheading creative direction for the Fall/Winter 2013 to 2014 collections for both Panthea (the high-end line) and the Ready-To-Wear line. Since the brand launched in Singapore last year, we've already expanded in to Malaysian and Indonesian markets. We are also looking to expand into the rest of Asia and will be showing at this year's HKTDC World Boutique Trade Show.
You've worked with renowned houses like Alexander Wang, Narciso Rodriguez and Max Max. How do you plan to translate your experience into Zardoze?
Coco Chanel once said, "Style doesn't fade". In the same way, style is the one invisible thread across all great work, and is the commonality between all the fashion houses I have been involved with. I believe that style can be translated to many different forms - it's all in the interpretation of the inspiration in line with the Zardoze brand.