>> Jessica Stam has flirted with designing a couple of times — most recently doing four pieces for Rachel Roy's lower-priced collection, RACHEL Rachel Roy — but she was coy when asked about whether she's going to do a line of her own. After sitting front row at Rag & Bone today, Stam joined Roy for a Fashion's Night Out appearance at Macy's Herald Square, where she said that she doesn't expect to be in any other front rows, "but [I'm] planning on walking in a few shows. I normally will do more shows in Europe, though." As far as specifics — which shows, and whether she'll be in London as well as Milan and Paris: "It's all up in the air. TBD." So while she played coy on runway confirmations, Stam was more open about her designing ambitions this time around:
Is the collaboration with Rachel a one-time thing?
I'm not sure. We haven't really discussed, but I'm definitely interested in designing more. I'm not really sure where it's going to go from here. This [her capsule collection with Rachel Roy] is the most independent thing I've designed so far, I took it from sketching and pulling tears from magazines to see what direction I wanted to go. It was very exciting, [I was] completely hands-on. Now to see the product, that you can actually wear them and hold them . . . this handbag [from the collection] is like my baby, it's amazing.
So are you looking to go out on your own as a designer?
Yeah, definitely, I really want to.
What kind of line would she do? »
If you were to do that, where would you start? A bag line? Or jewelry?
I'm not sure. Right now I'm really liking designing clothes, but designing a bag was so much fun, too, so I don't really know where I'd want to start. I might have to just see what kind of opportunities come my way. I'm interested in [designing] stuff I would like to wear, that I'd like to see my friends in.
One thing's for sure, Stam has Roy's confidence as a designer. Roy noted of their collaboration: "She came in, and she had a very specific point of view about what she wanted. At fittings, she would know how she wanted a sleeve and how she wanted a [pant] leg. It came from the gut with her, and it probably came from years of experience with fittings."