FASHFEST 2017 Designer HOTSPOT: Charly Thorn

I’m so excited that FASHFEST is on again this year!! There are going to be 3 days full of fashion lineups showcasing new collections of more than 40 designers locally, nationally and internationally.

In this post I wanted to shine the spotlight on a young emerging designer, Charly Thorn. This is not her first year in FASHFEST. Last year she got to showcase her collection in FASHFEST and she was the youngest designer to showcase at the event. She is just truly amazing!


Charly is only 18 years old but she has done so amazingly well in the fashion industry at such a young age. Charly was selected to showcase her collection at Vancouver Fashion Week this year in March. She was also approached this year to showcase at the LA Fashion Week.

Charly’s designs are elegant and sophisticated. She designs for the woman who is modern, sustainability driven and values unique innovation. She wants women to feel confident and sophisticated in my clothing.

I’m excited because I got the opportunity to ask Charly some questions to get to know her and her fashion label.

Tells us a little bit about yourself:

My upcoming collection has influences of modern, feminine resort wear. I have always been interested in fashion. I grew up spending the winter time in the Snowy Mountains, Cooma skiing every other day, and spent my summers on Hamilton Island, up in the Whitsundays sailing with my family. I believe my childhood has had an influence on this collection and I’m very excited to see it come to life!

Your designs were selected for showcase at the Vancouver fashion week earlier this year, how did you become so successful in the fashion industry at such a young age?

I don’t know if you could say successful yet. There are still so many things I want to do and sometimes I feel like I have wasted precious time not doing those things. I value hard work and positive thinking, and believe the right attitude is the secret to a well-balanced and highly effective life. I will make a lot of mistakes on the way and continue to learn every day, but I love the saying “I failed my way to success.”

What tips can you give to those designers who inspire to be like you?

Work hard and be humble. Understand the value of learning and empowering others. Skills are cheap, passion is priceless.

What is your top 5 must-have clothing items?

-A good and comfortable pair of jeans. Flattering and easy to pair with many items.

-Denim Jacket

-A white top that can be semi-formal, casual and work.

-statement earrings will always elevate a simple look.

-A black jumpsuit, always a classic and easy go to

What do you see coming into trend this Spring/Summer season?

I think pastels, ruffles, deconstructed tailoring and shirting, possibly retro influence. 

What do you love most about FASHFEST?

The fact that all creatives come together to produce a uniquely artistic showcase. I love meeting with all creatives and putting on a show!

What is currently in the works for your fashion label that we will expect to see in the future? 

I’m not sure where I’ll be next year, all I want to do is keep learning. I will be applying for scholarships, internships and fashion colleges worldwide and see what doors open for me.

To view Charly’s collection visit her website: https://www.charlythorn.com/


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