I’m always left amazed by how much incredible design talent we breed in this fair country of ours. Amongst the pack, Celeste Tesoriero is one of those rare bright sparks that makes you sit up and take notice. Not only is she drop dead gorgeous, Celeste has also established herself as an incredible force to be reckoned with, having designed in the past for the likes of One Teaspoon and Shakuhachi.
Since establishing her eponymous label, her beautifully raw design aesthetic has really seen her come into her own. Her passion is evident through her attention to detail and wonderfully constructed clean lines. No one trick pony, Celeste also designs an exceptionally amazing line of jewellery under her line, featuring some gorgeous earth stones and mixed metals.
I chatted to the lovely lady behind it all about sneakers, singing along to Mariah Carey amongst other things.
How did you first get into designing?
After studying for a year, I was fortune enough to land my first apparel design role at quite a young age, and spent 5 years working for other labels before venturing out on my own.
What are the best (and worst) things about starting your own label?
I think for anyone, the opportunity to work for yourself, and create your own business is a high that is hard to explain. It is definitely the most rewarding thing I have ever done. I also love all the possibilities of the future. I have some serious goals to tick off, and I am sure there will be things that present themselves that I wouldn’t have ever been able to dream up. The mystery of that is so exciting.
There are no negatives about starting your own label, if you are ready to do it. All of the the highs and lows are what make it worth doing. I like a challenge.
As they say…If it were easy, everyone would be doing it.
Can you tell us a bit about your upcoming collection and what inspired you?
My current collection was the beginning of my exploration between the parallels of the ocean and space. Therefore there are details in the jewellery and clothing representing both and how the two cross over.
There is always also an oriental element to my prints and silhouettes, and this is apparent in the Spring range.
It is a fusion of these elements that give it it’s overall vibe.
What’s your most prized possession in your wardrobe?
At the moment it’s my Comme De Garçons crisp cotton skirt I got on my last trip to HK. (Although, it will no doubt be replaced with something else next time I’m there.)
How would you describe the girl you are designing for?
She is subtly cool and never looks like she tries too hard. She is natural and loveable.
I don’t design with a particular girl in mind, I think the pieces can be manipulated by the wearer, and to me that is much more rewarding.
What has been your biggest achievement to date?
Grimes just wore one of the jewellery pieces I designed exclusively for her to the Met Ball Gala, back with her Chanel dress. The best thing about this was I wasn’t even aware of it until I saw Oyster Mag post a photo online. That is a major highlight for me, mainly because she chose to wear it herself, she was dressed by Karl Lagerfeld that night and must have been like “hey, can I wear this with my dress?!”.
What’s one accessory or piece of clothing you wish you had designed?
I sometimes think people have crawled into my brain and literally designed something exactly the way I would have. Most notably the Dries Van Noten collection using traditional Japanese paintings as prints.
One thing you wish would come back into fashion and one you wish hadn’t?
I kind of want shell jewellery to come back in. I played with that aesthetic for my Spring collection, and I think it’s only a matter of time.
Two things really stand out to me in wishing they had never come back around…
1) Sneakers as ‘fashion’ shoes. (Notably Nike’s and NB).
2) High heel sneakers. It’s just not ok.
What are some of the things you cannot live without?
Usually my answer to this involves food and Gin, but I’m currently on a cleanse so I’m going to go with the ocean, summer and my lover.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given?
'A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.'
I loved your blog ‘The Cowboy Geisha’ back in the day and I thought it was beautiful and brilliant how you started each post with a song lyric. What songs are on your dream playlist?
Oh thanks. I would of loved to have had the time to keep that going. The funniest thing about that layout for thecowboygeisha is because each shoot I would do would remind me of a song. I’m actually, to be honest, not that much of a music head. There was never any music in my house growing up, and we weren’t allowed to have it on in the car unless it was Mariah Carey to sing along to, so I literally can’t really concentrate or get anything done when music is playing. My dream playlist would involve anything cruisy and relaxed (Unless I’m at the gym, then, I need M.I.A and The Presets).
What’s next for you and your label?
At the moment I’m knee deep in Winter 2014 development, doing some collaborations with some amazing people and hopefully extending the CT family in the very near future (as in employees, not KIDS!).