A Spotlite on Fashion Designer GEOFFREY MAC
By Eden Herbstman
To wear a Geoffrey Mac piece is to feel bold, powerful, and cultured with connections to the past and present. Mac, before launching his own collection, was a go-to name for costume designs and custom pieces. Some of the most spirited and influential women such as Lady Gaga and Debbie Harry, have turned to Mac for creations that display their fashion courageousness and individualism. Most recently, Nicki Minaj dons Mac’s two piece bikini in the opening of her controversial “Stupid Hoe” music video, while also showcasing her contortionist-like flexibility. Mac’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection personifies his creativity and worldly appreciation for beauty, marrying the looks of ancient civilizations with contemporary dress designs. His clothes have the ability to bring out a youthful presence while feeling polished and sophisticated. The neon color, ethnic influences, and dramatic cuts leave women feeling nothing less than the center of attention.
EH: Your spring/summer 2012 combines both the future and the past of ancient cultures. What was it about these two elements that inspired your collection?
GM: I am obsessed with the timelessness of good design. There are elements of good and bad design in all eras and cultures. I tried to unify the world of design by making designs that would appeal to past and future cultures. I wanted to celebrate the history of Earth as 2012 is the last year in the Mayan calendar and sort of a review or mash-up of cultures for the final year of this astrological era. Its also the Year of the Dragon in Chinese Zodiac, it seemed to fit, channeling astrology and a Celebration of Earth.
EH: Prior to launching your own collection you were a costume designer for many years. What prompted you to debut your own collection?
GM: I love transforming people and making them happy through the garments. I really can’t think of anything I would rather do with my time than create. I decided to launch the line and make the move into ready-to-wear to make it accessible to a larger audience.
EH: How do you want women to feel wearing your clothing?
GM: I want a woman to feel connected to the history of the world’s rich cultures, empowered and strong.
EH: If you could design a custom-made piece for anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
GM: Grace Jones would be high on the list. She owns her look, from her mannerisms to her voice, she is perfection.
EH: What is one thing you want people to know that differentiates you from other designers in the industry?
GM: I tend to not get caught up in trends and trend forecasting. For me, the best designs come from a less brainwashed perspective.
Geoffrey Mac is a fashion designer.
Geoffrey Mac interviewed by Eden Herbstman
Written by Eden Herbstman
Photography by Coco Alexander
Design by Jillian Mercado
Geoffrey Mac, 2012, Photography by Coco Alexander