An Interview With Tennille White: Chicago Fashion Designer

Seems I've been playing catch-up these last two weeks with, amongst other things, a surprised request from Chicago fashion designer, Tennille White. She was offering me an exclusive interview to correspond with her 2nd consecutive year at New York  BET's Rip The Runway televised fashion extravanganza, where she showed her Spring 2011 Plus-size collection.

My other stuff lay in wait for their one on one attention as well: blog guest posts, day job, edit requests and review book obligations- had to sorta delay the latter from a new client, because there was no way I could not report to work & I definitely needed to get the pre-sealed guest post, posted!

I was a bit fatigued, but, Tennille was very accomodating and our telephone interview flowed. Needless to say, I ended up with pages of material from this new star on the fashion horizon and loads of stuff to dish about when it came to spring fashion!

True to her word, Tennille White fashions lit up the runway on Monday night's Bet's Rip The Runway. There were flowing pieces of abstract, limes, lemons, teals & blues. She even went with gorgeous above the knee ensembles that had the plus size models looking svelte  and long legged. White Linens flowed on the catwalk .Far from being a fashionista, I was enthralled by the bold & vibrant colors on that runway!

Designers,Tennille White,Rachel Roy, and La Quan Smith tore up the runway with their unique fashion style and savvy flair for knowing what their customers/audience expected.The one answer to the question I'd asked Tennille and that lingered long after the interview was: What lessons had she learned along the way she'd like to impart to young designers?

She gave an account of a truth she'd learned the hard way, causing her to lose money and yet, learn a valuable lesson from it. She  went on to say that she could now help others, especially younger people from spending and giving all that they have to someone. She said " When you get people to work with you and for you, you have to really be on the same page. If their motives are any different than yours, it's not going to work."

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