Student creates high-fashion clothing brand


Hannah McGee / Legacy Press

Junior Darren Diamond expresses his creativity through his designs.

Flipping through the pages of a high-fashion magazine, he discovered his future.

Inspired by a designer dress in a magazine, junior Darren Diamond found what he wanted to do for the rest of his life.

“My love for fashion started two years ago when my mom brought a ‘Marie Claire’ magazine home,” Darren said. “I looked at that magazine for hours because I was so drawn to the intricate designs of Balmain, and after looking at that magazine, all I did was sketch and come up with ideas for designs.”

Finding inspiration in everyday things, Darren created a wall of sketches, drawing about two looks a day.

“I know that it’ll take time for me to become a popular fashion designer, so for now, I am just sharpening my skills,” Darren said. “About three months ago, I decided I wanted to start my own clothing line named ‘Couturier.’ I began by sketching around 40-45 looks for my first collection.”

Though “couturier” means “fashion designer” in French, this was not the reason behind Darren’s brand name.

“The reason I chose ‘Couturier’ was not because it means ‘fashion designer’ but because of the feeling a person would get from wearing the fashion designer’s clothing,” Darren said. “I want people to not only look good in my clothes, but feel good as well.”

In order to achieve his dreams of becoming a high-fashion designer, Darren will be attending a design school next year.

“I am moving back to New York next year to attend the High School of Art & Design,” Darren said. “In the future, I hope to attend Parsons because I believe it will set me up to become an iconic designer.”

Darren hopes to be successful in the future and knows that no matter what, pursuing a career in fashion is what he desires.

“The reason why I love fashion so much is because there is no such thing as being totally weird,” Darren said. “To me, fashion is more than a form of art, it’s a lifestyle that one lives.”