This rising design star is focused on how to make ladies look fabulous on top and has a slight obsession with American Idol.
Ashley Zygmunt, the designer behind the ZAMRIE brand, talks with us about her new collection, the must-have ZAMRIE tops for spring and summer, and her cowboy boot obsession.
Name: Ashley Zygmunt Occupation:Fashion Designer for ZAMRIE, Women’s Tops and Jewelry (We just started jewelry and it will be sold at the CFI Pop-Up Shop!)
What is your favorite thing about being a part of the fashion industry?
It keeps me on my toes. I’m always solving some sort of problem which keeps me thinking yet I still get to express myself creatively with all of the different colors and patterns I use.
What is currently your favorite item in your closet?
The Melissa Tunic for Fall 2011.
The Melissa tunic
When all else fails, what item is your “go-to” item for a chic look?
My favorite pair of jeans, a white t-shirt, funky jewelry, and a great pair of shoes.
What is your favorite piece from your current collection?
The Gailey Tank
The Gailey tank
Why do you LOVE Chicago?
It’s a down to earth, hard working city that still knows how to have fun and enjoy life.
What do you think makes Chicago style different from any other city, or is it?
I would consider Chicago a conservative NYC style and more everyday fashion than fashion as art.
Where is your favorite place to eat/drink/play in Chicago?
I have different answers for the all of them: To Eat: Frontera Grill & Wakamono, To Drink:Harrigan's & Matisse, To Play: a Cubs game or concerts in Millennium Park.
What essential piece do you think every Chicago gal should have in their closet?
A ZAMRIE blouse and a great pair of denim.
The Nina top
What is your current obsession? (fashion or non-fashion)
Cowboy boots (fashion): I have been obsessed since high school when I got my first pair. But in regards to non-fashion: American Idol – and I think its because I have NO singing talent whatsoever, so these contestants never cease to amaze me.
iPhone or Blackberry?
iPhone. All the way.
iTunes or Pandora? What is playing on heavy rotation?
Pandora. I create a new station daily.
What is the last thing you bought?
A pair of brown ankle military boots, platform and all.
What do you pack for a last minute trip?
ZAMRIE tops, jeans, black pants and some sort of great jacket.
Enter next week's Garmental Giveaway for your chance to win ZAMRIE's Florence top shown here.
Worst fashion moment?
When I was in high school and being very experimental, I turned a skirt into a top. I wore it with a huge belt and a chunky sweater. I actually just saw this picture and thought… “What! Was I thinking?!” At the time I thought I was cool.
Favorite fashion moment?
When I met Diane Von Furstenberg I was wearing one of my tops and she complimented it.
Which fashion trend do you wish would go away forever or never come back?
Harem Pants. I don’t think they look good on ANYONE.