by Léa Taïeb
April 29, 2019

Débora Rosa’s Interview. Stylist, consultant and image researcher. One of the most popular it girl of the moment.

Débora's outfit

Débora Rosa grew up in Portugal, surrounded by a mother who transmitted her this love for fashion art, design and architecture. Even if she always felt really closed to these creative fields Débora decided to start scientific studies. A few years later it’s finally her passion that came up and she then launched Fashiion Gone Rouge, an inspiring fashion editorial account that could be defined as her personal moodboard. Débora has developped a really interesting vision for people who work in the creative industry. She is now helping brands, artists to developp their creative identity.

“I grew up in Portugal during the big financial crisis, in an era where culture and art weren’t supported by the government. I think this situation influenced me a lot in my school choices.”

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the interview

TOWNHOUSE (LÉA)

First, to know you better could you please tell us what’s been your educational past? Did you studied fashion/art/design ?

DÉBORA ROSA

As a painting and drawing lover, I always wanted to study art. At school, history and visual arts were my favorite subjects.

I grew up in Portugal during the big financial crisis, in an era where culture and art weren’t supported by the government. I think this situation influenced me a lot in my school choices.

I finally decided to study science and took a degree in nutrition, it was the only thing that I founded interesting and challenging . It was a good choice and an interesting experience that I can't regret but my passion was, is and will always be arts/design/fashion and architecture.

TOWNHOUSE (LÉA)

From where came this love for fashion and creativity ? Is your family in the game?

DÉBORA ROSA

Younger my mother influenced me a lot on painting and being artistic. She had a big role in my passion for fashion. She doesn’t work in that field at all, but she is also very creative and wanted to be an art teacher. She thought me all about painting, fashion history and decor.
She has always been behind me, supported me and never doubt about any of my choices.

TOWNHOUSE (LÉA)

You already have a really interesting career, please explain us how did you succeed to become that powerful girl ? What was the first steps to create a meaningful community?

DÉBORA ROSA

It all started with my FASHIION GONE ROUGE page. At the beginning this account was for myself. It was just the idea to build a mood board, save all the images that I liked and the ones that inspired me.

This page was also hugely influenced by the Olsen twins (I am a huge fan!!). I wanted to create something that connected fashion, decoration/architecture and art in one place and make it fluid, visual and natural. I started my researches among fashion archives and finding out new and different things.

This kind of minimalist aesthetic was missing and it was quite new so people started to follow and liked it. Here is how I started to build a big community from around the world.

TOWNHOUSE (LÉA)

Are you now helping brands to developp their collections/ brand identity?

DÉBORA ROSA

With FASHIION GONE ROUGE many brands, magazines, editors, designers started to follow me. It was an interesting content for them, they use it as a type of inspirational archives.

From there I started to be contacted by brands to help them in research, but also to give them advices and create mood boards for their future collections and brand identity. That's the best part of the job, I really love it!

TOWNHOUSE (LÉA)

As a stylist and consultant what would be your main advice to a designer who is launching its line?

DÉBORA ROSA

Think straightforward, never have doubt about yourself. NO are part of the process. It makes you grow and means a big YES is coming !

TOWNHOUSE (LÉA)

Now tell us, how is a day with Débora?

DÉBORA ROSA

I use to wake up very early, like 6am (even on weekends). I start with my morning skincare routine, and then eat breakfast and start working from my computer.

In the middle of the morning I workout, somedays by myself or with my personal trainer. Then I prepare lunch (love cooking) with my sister, that lives with me.

When I have time I do house things, like laundry. My afternoons are always different, thats the perks of working for your own company. Somedays it's very busy - all day shooting or meetings or researching or styling or answering emails.

TOWNHOUSE (LÉA)

What are your unmissable instagram accounts?

DÉBORA ROSA

Wow, I have a lot :
Thehautepursuit, joannahalpin, lifeofboheme, yosigo_yosigo, styleheroine, unconditionalmagazine, doxpeter, sophiaroe, nycbambi, simplicitycity, beatricegutu, sophiebuhai, rubyatelier, kiribirii, s__dang, dana.hourani, oumaymaboumeshouli, rarebooksparis, matterandshape, shotfromthestreet, love_aesthetics, oraclefox …

TOWNHOUSE (LÉA)

Which brand or creator would you recommend for this summer? Did you get a special crush?

DÉBORA ROSA

Regarding brands I would say: LowClassic , Toteme, Jacquemus, The Line by K, Christopher Esber, Orseud Iris, Staud, Arket, Mango.
My special crush for this season is the Bottega Veneta pouch by Daniel Lee.

TOWNHOUSE (LÉA)

You are part of the millennial G, Is there any entrepreneurs from this generation that has inspired you? If yes, Who?

DÉBORA ROSA

Of course Christine Centenera, the Olsen twins, Elin Kling, Pernille Teisbaek, Leandra Medine and my friends ;)

TOWNHOUSE (LÉA)

What does creativity make you think about? Do you feel like this young generation is much more creative than the previous one ?

DÉBORA ROSA

Creativity makes me think that there’s no limit and no rules. It’s all about being free and careless, being makes me happy.

If we are more creative than before, I would say yes and no : we are a more open minded generation that is more able to say and create things more freely but at the same time we are surrounded by so many information that it can be overwhelming. Also people can easily judge us and there’s a more important social pressure that can cut off your creative mind and process.

I finally think that our generation might be a bit more creative than the previous one but we definitely need to be stronger and confident in ourselves.

TOWNHOUSE (LÉA)

What is your everyday motto?

DÉBORA ROSA

When you want something work and go for it! And always remain yourself !

TOWNHOUSE (LÉA)

Where do you hang out when you come to visit us in Paris? 

DÉBORA ROSA

I love to explore new places to eat, vegetarian/vegan restaurants. Parks like Le Jardin du Luxembourg, Jardin des Tuileries, Jardin du Palais Royal, Place des Vosges are historical places and I love them. I also like to have a walk in Le Marais and visit museums.

TOWNHOUSE (LÉA)

What does the future look like for you? Any interesting projects on the work?

DÉBORA ROSA

So far so good, i don’t like to think too much about it actually. But yes this year is promising with a lot of things going on :)

TOWNHOUSE (LÉA)

A city that particularly inspire you in your creativity process ? If yes, why ?

DÉBORA ROSA

Overall, travelling and knowing new cities and cultures inspire me a lot. It is always really surprising.

TOWNHOUSE (LÉA)

One final word for your readers ?

DÉBORA ROSA

Always believe in you and once again stay yourself!