Designer – Stephanie Tran
Pink tulip skirts with satin trim. Racerback camisoles in nudes and greys. Wisps of yellow chiffon. With Duskin’s Spring 2009 collection, Stephanie Tran seems as though she spent her time sketching at the Lincoln center. In between rehearsals for Giselle and Swan Lake. Or maybe it’s just the quiet strength of impeccable tailoring meeting the grace of silk, cotton, and jersey that forms the perfect pas de deux. Either way, dressed in slouchy separates and satin wraps you’ll be sure to be on pointe wherever your twinkle toes take you. Below a little more about the brainchild behind the beauty.
EM: Occupation and Position
TRAN: Designer/Owner of DUSKIN, a clothing line. (see below)
EM: What neighborhood do you closely identify with? What makes your community so unique?
Having been in New York for eleven years (there was one year of Los Angeles in the mix), I have been in a lot of neighborhoods. Currently I am in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn-I love it for its youth and creative energy. The cheaper rents don’t hurt, also. There are great bars and restaurants and Bedford Avenue itself is great for people watching.
EM: What’s the greatest item that you found at your local garage/estate sale?
A needlepoint of a little girl and a wooden pony (the ones that are sticks that you play ride), small framed prints of botanicals.
EM: If you could interview one unsung hero, who would it be? Why?
Glenn Danzig is my unsung hero. him. His voice is so angelic…considering.
EM: What’s your favorite youtube video?
When I was living in Los Angeles, my boyfriend made this video for me of Lou, my dog, who he was watching in New York for a month.
First Aid Kit Fleet Foxes Cover Song
EM: Where are your favorite local spots to eat?
Dumont Burger (Williamsburg)
Casimir (Manhattan-East Village)
EM: What songs are at the top of your playlist at this very moment?
Ryan Stratton- “Holograms and Cigarettes”
Adam Green – “Dance with Me”
Neil Young – “Little Wing”
Dr Dog – “Easy Beat”
No Age – “It’s Oh So Quiet” (Bjork Cover)
Babyshambles – “Albion”
Cat Power and Karen Elson – “I Love You Me Neither” (Serge Gainsbourg cover)
Animal Collective – “Grass”
MGMT – “Electric Feel”
T Rex – “Mambo Sun”
EM: What is your current bedside read?
Stacks of WWD (Women’s Wear Daily)
EM: What is your favorite city to visit when you travel abroad? And why?
Paris. Do I really need to explain? Food, style, culture, cute boys…
EM: What new projects are you building on right now?
DUSKIN Fall 09/10, the DUSKIN blog www.duskin-ny.blogspot.com, The DUSKIN website www.duskin-ny.com, trying to revive Bryn & Lou in some form www.brynandlou.com, and a new project that I cannot talk about yet!-it involves clothes, etc.
For more on her Spring ‘09 line, check out this gallery:
by Anna Yu • Nov 17, 2008 10:16 AM PST
Stephanie Tran’s debut collection for her label “Duskin” hasn’t even hit stores, yet she’s has an already impressive background in fashion. Prior to launching her own collection she was an editor at Vogue
in addition to designing for retailers like American Eagle
and Forever 21
. Now she’s making it on her own with Duskin
, a collection of versatile pieces like fitted blazers, slouchy tank tops, wide leg trousers, and delicate dresses. It’s no wonder Steven Alan
immediately picked up her collection. Her spring line won’t be available until February and I’m definitely snapping everything up the moment it comes out! Read on to learn more about Stephanie, and check out the slideshow for a peek of her upcoming collection!
Stylehive: Give us a mini-background of your beginning.
Stephanie: I’ve been in fashion for about 10 years, in various capacities- shopgirl, fashion special events, magazine editor, designer… When I was a shopgirl, I would wear some of my own designs and people just started asking about them, and eventually I made some things to sell here and there. It wasn’t a business at the time, but more of a fun side project. I’m very lucky- I don’t have much formal training in design, but I’ve been given amazing opportunities to learn hands-on.
Stylehive: What are your inspirations?
Stephanie: I’m a visual person, so pretty much everything I lay my eyes on becomes fodder for some kind of inspiration. I don’t have the best memory, so I always have to write things down or take pictures on my phone.
Stylehive: What’s next for you?
Stephanie: I like to have lots of projects to keep myself motivated, so there’s quite a bit.
Spring ’09 production, Fall ’09/’10 designing, and putting up the Duskin website.
I’m also working on my Duskin blog which really started as a place for me to store the various inspiration I find while online. It’s come to mean a lot more to me now because I actually have an audience, and it’s so great to be able to share your visual/mental thoughts and know that people care. It’s also an excuse to stay online for just another minute…
Stylehive: How do you feel about being The ‘Next Big Thing?’
Stephanie: Flattered, honored, and suddenly very shy…! There’s a lot of amazing talent out there, so it’s really just nice to be recognized and know that other people enjoy what I do. Thank you, Stylehive!
Also Read :
Stephanie Tran taps a childhood friendship for her debut Duskin collection
By Whitney Vargas | February 26, 2009 9:00 a.m.
Photo: Jason McDonald
Tran’s new muse, NYC indie-folk singer Rebecca Schiffman
When Stephanie Tran started sketching soft silhouettes for her first collection, the Brooklyn designer had one girl in mind: her childhood friend Thea Duskin. “She was really pretty and slightly rough around the edges, and lived with her eccentric British parents in this crumbling old Victorian in upstate New York,” says Tran, who not only named her clothing line Duskin, but kept returning to memories of the house’s overgrown gardens and dusty bookshelves for inspiration. Victorian mourning lace and studded boots. “It’s a very romantic collection, but it’s for a tomboy at heart,” says the designer. The line also taps into the season’s new pajama trend, which isn’t such a coincidence considering Tran’s last job was launching lingerie and loungewear for Forever 21. (Tran, 30, has also worked as a magazine accessories editor, a celebrity stylist, and an event planner.) “I wanted to design things that are very reflective The effect is a whimsical debut of silk slipdresses, lowslung blazers, and boyfriend trousers in faded pastels and basic black that share a sensitive calm—the kind of pieces a twenty-first century Virginia Woolf heroine would wear if, like Tran, she toughened them up with of me,” says the creative pixie, giving an example of how she spent the previous evening at home tea-staining (with Earl Grey) a favorite T-shirt while listening to Adam Green’s droning “Dance With Me” on repeat. As for her old friend Thea: The last Tran heard, she’d become a tattoo artist in Virginia.
Brooklyn based designer Stephanie Tran is known for her ethereal, flowy designs that have a whimsical look with slipdresses, blazers, and boyfriend trousers. She says, “My childhood friend Thea Duskin was pretty pretty, and lived with her eccentric British parents in this crumbling old Victorian in upstate New York.”
And as these thoughts of the Victorian house and it’s gardens have permeated her mind, Tran decided to name her collection, “Duskin.” Ironic name considering her resume which included stints as lingerie designer at Forever 21, celebrity stylist, and event planner.
Fellow Blogger and muse Stephanie Tran just had a great write up about her new line Duskin in this month’s Elle Magazine!!