Whitehouse Institute of Design student and creator behind the fashion line, Lowe the Label, 19 year old Darcy Lowe from Perth has a lot under her belt for someone only a year out of high school.
Scrolling through her Instagram, you can immediately tell that Darcy knows and loves fashion. You could even say she lives, breathes, and basically runs off the stuff. Before moving to Melbourne to attend the most exclusive design school in Australia, Whitehouse, she launched the self-titled fashion line, Lowe the Label, in mid-2016, that has already gathered a strong following.
Living in Perth myself, I can understand the difficulty that young girls have pursuing and succeeding in their dreams, mostly due to their age. Recently, I had the pleasure of interviewing this up-and-coming designer and friend, breaking the ageist societal norms that have been so wrongly identified as a prerequisite for success. I am honoured to say that this is the first, of many, interviews that Lowe will encounter over the years. Darcy is not only one to watch, but is definitely one that is going to make it.
Since she can remember, fashion has always been apart of her life, although, like all great loves, she admits there are certain aspects she doesn’t warm too when it comes to the industry.
“It’s not an easy field to love but the positives always outweigh the negatives. I can’t describe the feeling I have towards it…. there’s adoring something and then there’s being completely infatuated with it.”
Throughout her high school years, Lowe knew she wanted to be a designer, but there was one key moment that turned this crush into a full-blown love affair.
“I think the pivotal point for me in deciding whether or not I really wanted to be a designer was getting my first industrial sewing machine. I started studying at Central Tafe straight from high school… I remember sitting down for the first time and thinking how on earth am I going to use this thing… it’s hands down the most confusing thing to thread up and use. A few weeks into my course, I bought one of the Juki Industrial sewing machines… since then my love for it all has grown even more.”
Describing her style as “simple, minimalistic and versatile,” Lowe stresses that the key to any wardrobe is flexibility, mixing key pieces with the basics, so that any outfit can be taken from the beach to dinner and drinks, nodding to the brand Bassike as her main style inspiration. However, she admits that her style and her label, in it’s early stages, are yet to completely reflect one another, acknowledging the creativity and experimental nature behind Lowe the Label in it’s current context, with her design work at WIDA filtering this current aesthetic.
The standout piece of her first collection, the “Tassel Skirt”, perfectly captures the current feel of the label, and subsequently, the future growth for the brand, with Lowe setting her goals, standards and dreams extremely high, hoping one day to become one of the greats. Inspired by the likes of Alexander McQueen, she accepts that success in the industry doesn’t come easily, and that it will be a tough, long road ahead, disputing any stigma about the so called “entitled” attitude of millennials. Lowe is simply put, determined and confident.
“I have such a huge dream set for myself, and I’m setting it bigger than it should be so I work harder for it. I know the only thing that will get myself, or anyone their dream, is their work ethic… if you don’t have one, make one, because you can’t expect everything to be handed to you on a silver platter. Dreams are not dreams because they are doable, it’s just whether or not you are willing to put the work in to receive it back. I have a strong feeling about the path I’m going down.”
Lowe, a natural realist, certainly isn’t afraid to put in the hard yards in order to be successful. Currently studying at the Whitehouse Institute of Design, renowned all over the world for it’s exclusivity and intense, make-or-break reputation, Lowe is literally living like a Project Runway star, without the cameras. True to her realistic nature, she doesn’t have a bad word to say about the place, being one of only eighty first year students.
“I genuinely enjoy getting up in the morning to go. It’s the place for me, and I’ve never been happier with the choice I made. It’s such as positive feeling surrounding yourself with students who understand you, and are on the same level in terms of … passion. At times it’s a love-hate relationship, the classes are extremely long and it’s not easy whatsoever… you get drained very quickly, but I love the feeling when I’m sewing away with my headphones in.”
Not short of inspiration, Lowe leaves me with one final quote, that can be applied to anyone, in any field.
“If you want to make it in any industry, you have to work harder than you did the day before to get where you want to be.”
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