metrotimes: What's your fashion influence?
lambros: For his presentation I always admired McQueen, and, for her draping, Donna Karan. I'm influenced by the flow of fabric and the possibilities in design.
mt; Tell us about Fotoula Lambros Design.
lambros: It's an ecologically conscious, fashion-forward label that focuses on multifunctional garments. Tops and dresses can be worn multiple ways, some featuring enhanced necklines that showcase between two and 21 different looks. I use only the best natural textiles, and, even better, everything is made in Michigan.
mt; "Who is your girl and where is she going?"
lambros: She would be defined by her character, and certainly not by what wears her. She may be mid-20s to late-30s. An "on the go" type, that needs to move from one place and obligation to the next — and fast. My girl handles business — meetings, presentations, panels by day, then a nice dinner and dance party! Optimistic is a good word for my girl. She's open to possibilities.
mt; Looking at the last three years, in what ways have you seen Detroit's fashion community change — for better or worse?
lambros: Only for the better! I think people are establishing, getting organized, and, finally, the cross-pollination phase is taking place. I feel Femilia was such a part of the uprising that brings us to where we are today. A lot of people are passionate about fashion as an art and an industry. Detroiters are finally noticing the talent.
mt; What can we expect from you in the months to come?
lambros: I am all about growing the business. Whether I fail or succeed, I love it. I'm setting up a new run of production pieces, and the next season collection is lurking in the back of my mind. Recently, I've become a contributor to The Metropolitan Détroit magazine, with my column called WHO.WHAT.WEAR. There is more in store with Fashion Group International, at which I'm the creative connection programming chair. Most exciting is that I'm setting up my new studio space in Eastern Market. Made in Michigan — exported from Detroit.
mt; Where do we find your fashion?
lambros: In Michigan, you can find FLD at What To Wear (Traverse City and Grand Rapids), as well as Comfort Me and Vivid Braille in Chicago, and Haute in New Orleans. My next runway show will be at the 101% Fashion Ride at the Crofoot on October 1. Runway shows are my fave!!