LINGERIE DESIGNER: KAILA METHVEN
Photography: IRVIN RIVERA
Fashion: MADAME METHVEN
Makeup: KENDELL COTTA
When did fashion start from you? Have you ever imagined yourself as a fashion designer?
I actually wanted to be a lawyer when I was a kid. I knew I wanted to do fashion when I interned as a makeup artist for Dior fashion show at the Trocadero. As I interned there, I saw all those beautiful models wearing the most beautiful dresses, the details were absolutely gorgeous and just seeing those models walking down the runway made me realize that this is what I wanted to do.
Why lingerie? (And not any other type of fashion?)
I feel like I’m a man stuck in a woman’s body, I’m able to tell what looks good on a woman, what fabrics and trim curve to her peal, All woman are beautiful in every shape and form that’s how you design the lingerie to them- when it emphasize her values.
Do you remember your first ever show as a designer? How was it?
My first show as a designer was amazing I was very nervous, the first time I walked the podium I couldn’t see anything, my heart was beating so fast, I was very excited. After taking my bow I really felt like a real designer.
How did your company Madame Methven start and what is the story behind it?
The original name of my collection is Latrodectus which is the South African black widow. My first love would call me the black widow because I would throw men like tissue. But Madame Methven came about as a stage name when I needed to combine my 4 lines all together. A Madame is title for women in artistic or exotic occupations, such as musicians or fortune-tellers. Madame is also a dominatrix.
What inspires you? Where do you draw your inspirations from?
I don’t really draw, I sketch once in a while, but how my designs come up is when I drape, touch and feel the material. I’m more of a visionary, I don’t get the writer’s block.
What are you selling?
I’m selling a high end sexual experience.
Walk us through your process. How does Madame Methven give birth to a couture piece?
It kind of all starts on the occasion, the fabric, for who, for what occasion, and from then I can start designing the silhouette, the piece, it happens all at the moment.
How is it to be the Heiress of Kentucky Fried Chicken? How does it contribute to your career as an artist?
You feel like any original person just with more of money’s responsibilities and more stress. But like everyone else, the money you have, the more problems you have. It hasn’t really contributed to my success, I made my success on my own and this is just a title.
What do you think is the highlight / greatest achievement of your career so far?
It would be winning Best International Designer Haute Couture and lingerie twice. I was dubbed the Most Dynamic Woman of the year by Angeleno Magazine as well. Also being the cover of Maxim South Africa.
What aspect of the fashion world appeals to you the most and why?
The smile on clients’ faces and the fact that I know I’ve done my job right to see this sexual inspiration again.
What do you think are the common misconceptions of people from outside the industry about designers and the industry?
People who don’t understand fashion and who don’t appreciate it will never understand the life that we have, what we feel and what we see.
What do you think have you accomplished so far to break any of these stereotypes?
Well first of all I’m a woman designing lingerie, that just tells you that there is no stereotypes and I’m also Christian Episcopalian Deacon
What else do you do aside from modeling?
I’m a brand ambassador, I promote only my brand; no others. Then I’m the CEO and founder of my company, I design, create, and manage everything from A to Z, from business and to the creative aspect.
How do you stay fit?
Just like anyone, I get up every morning and I go to the gym, I eat healthy, I have a trainer that I work closely with and my secret is drink a lot of water with ice.
I want to come out with my own lubricant, sex candle and perfume line, and also a men’s line.
How do you balance your time?
I don’t have time.
Name one person that you dream to work with and why.
Selma Hayek or Monica Bellucci because they are the most beautiful women alive. I’d die to put my lingerie on their bodies.
Any advice you can give to any aspiring young artist/model out there?
Don’t let anyone tell you you can’t do it. And if you don’t believe in yourself, nobody will.
If you’re a book, what type of book are you and why?
I would be the Bible. Because I’m pure but I’m filled with inside battles and history that is turned into a world of creation.
If you will be given the chance and opportunity to help a specific charity, what would it be and why?
Cancer, I feel very close to women who suffer with cancer.