'ONE STEP AT A TIME': RAW ARTIST LAQUITA HOUSTON, THE BRAINS AND CREATIVITY BEHIND JAYELLE COUTURE, TALKS WITH RAW ABOUT HER ASPIRATIONS FOR THE FUTURE. SEE HER WORK AT THE NEXT RAW SHOWCASE IN SANTA MONICA ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4TH!


How did you first get involved in fashion? 
I knew, growing up, that I loved art, but I didn't want to be a struggling artist. I wanted to work in a field where it was possible to get a job. Little did I know that I would become a struggling artist. I love fashion; there is nothing I love to do more, despite the fact that the success has not come as quickly as I'd like. I know that God has a plan and purpose and His timing is better than mine so I will continue to work on being patient. I am really blessed that I actually get to do something that I love to do.

From where do you draw inspiration for your work?
Music is a huge inspiration for me.  I like to pretend, while I am sketching, that I am strutting down the runway to a certain song. This is when I am inspired to design something that matches with the vibe of that song.  Oh yeah, shoes are a huge inspiration too.  I like to find a great pair of shoes and design a slammin' outfit to compliment them.

What sort of design techniques/styles do you most like working with? 
When designing, I find that draping works best for me.  The fit is better and looks more like my sketch when I drape. 

Are there any artists/designers whose work you admire? 
I am a big fan of Vera Wang.  I've always wanted to work with her.  Her work is truly beautiful and classic. Now, she is widely known for her bridal wear and I don't do bridal yet, but just you wait; it will happen! One step at a time, baby.

Any previous fashion achievements that you are most proud of? 
I try to evolve every time I make a new collection.  It shows my growth as a person and as a designer to change things up a bit. Last year in April, I was asked to be apart of Fashionberry Online Magazine. It was a great honor. I also received an award for being the best new designer in the USA ... Oh wait, that hasn't happen yet, but oh it will. 


Learn more about Jayelle Couture  at:  http://www.jayellecouture.com/
RSVP for the Santa Monica RAW Showcase to see her fashion live on Thursday, February 4th!