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This week’s Designer Q & A is with Daniella Clarke, founder and designer of Frankie B.

Where did you grow up and how has that inspired you as a designer?
I was born in Israel and lived there until I was ten then I spent the rest of my teen years bouncing back and forth between South Africa and the U.S. I definitely think that all the traveling and different cultures that I was exposed to ignited the creative engine in me.

When did you know you wanted to be a designer? Did you know always want to be a designer or were you making your own clothes when you were a teen?
I actually didn’t know until I turned 30. With that being said I always had a passion for fashion. In my teens I started to experiment with my style and my poor mothers closet. I cut up everything that wasn’t nailed down.

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Who were your fashion and music idols growing up and how has that influenced you?
My idols in Fashion were Halston and Elsa Klensch. Watching Elsa on Fashion TV every weekend was a whole new level of intoxication for me. I was so inspired by her world that I would run out and buy fabric right after watching the show. Music has always been a huge inspiration for me too especially Mick Jagger and Robert Plant in the 60’s, but in my teens I was obsessed with Prince. Fashion will always be inspired by music because to me musicians represent everyone’s fantasy of freedom and rebellion. Who doesn’t secretly want to be a rock star or at least look like one.