London calling for fashion designer Natasha
Published: 13 Jul 2012 13:000 comments
The 20-year-old Lisnaskea beauty, originally from London, will be packing her bags at the end of the Summer to take up her studies at Anglia Ruskan University, Cambridge.
Prepared to step into the world of high fashion, she had a taste of what life is like as a model this week when she took part in this week's Lifestyle shoot. Dressed in a casual vest top from River Island and jeans and wedge shoes from New Look she described how designing is all she has ever wanted to do.
"From as far back as I can remember, I haven't ever wanted to do anything else. I went to the Tech and did a foundation degree in art and design. I specialised in fashion. It was a one year course. I thought it was brilliant.
"You get to try everything and then you can make up your mind what you want to do. It just confirmed that fashion design was for me."
The former pupil of St Fanchea's College in Enniskillen makes frequent trips over to London to see family.
"I love shopping in Camden Market and Portoabella Road and I like all the vintage places as well," she said, "I would say my style very much depends on what mood I'm in. Handbags are my biggest weakness though. I must have at least 30 to 40 at home. My room is coming down with them."
Wearing a beige one shoulder dress from TopShop and a shoes from New Look, Natasha explained that besides fashion, her other passion in life is travelling.
"I'm going to Cyprus with a few friends in August so I will have to go shopping for a new suitcase of clothes! I think shorts are a real holiday essential. They are the sort of thing you can wear day and night, or a dress that can take you from the beach to a bar. I'm not very good at travelling light though -- my suitcase is always full of clothes!"
Natasha had an insight into life in the fashion lane last September when she and her mother went to London for Fashion Week.
"We had tickets for some of the shows," she explained, "I loved it. I would definitely go back again. It was all very glamorous and so strange -- all that build up and the the show would be over in a few minutes! And all the models were so serious!"
The petite brunette has had some experience on the runway herself, modelling for different charity events in the past.
"I enjoyed the modelling but I think I would rather be a designer!"
And she was one of this year's Fermanagh Rose contestants.
"It was such a good experience," she said, wearing a pair of shorts from River Island, shoes from New Look and t-shirt bought in London, "It was my mum and my grandad who put me forward to do it and I'm so glad I took their advice and went for it. I had such good fun. It's the sort of experience I would only want to do once though, it is such a good memory that I want to keep it that way."
Besides her pending trip to Cyrpus Natasha will be using this summer to prepare for her university experience.
"I'm really looking forward to it," she said, in her final outfit of the day, a white top and baby blue jeans from TopShop, "It will be a completely new experience and I'll get a sense of independence. I have family over there too, so it's a bit like home from home."