"Fashion fades, style is eternal," Yves Saint Laurent said. For trendsetters like 31-year-old fashion designer Daniel Parsons, those are words to live by.
Parsons, who lives in East Baltimore, was the winner of the Urban Designer title at last year's Fashion Awards MD and has been nominated again for this year's competition. He will present his line, titled Certified Fly, at the awards, held Saturday at the Brown Center (for more information, go to fashionawardsmd.com) .
Parsons started designing in high school and debuted his collection three years ago at Federal Hill boutique LoveLace Showroom. "Fashion is my passion. I eat, sleep and breathe it," he said. Winning the Urban Designer award gave Parsons the confidence to make the hardest decision of his life: to let go of his 9-to-5 job to pursue a career in design.
Before he competes to keep his title, Parsons talked to us about his favorite fashion statement, best summer fashion trends and more.
Worst pet peeve? When drivers do not wave or say thanks after I let them over
What songs are you loving/hating right now? Loving all of King Los' music right now!
Last concert/gig you went to? King Los concert at the Fillmore.
Your worst habit? Not putting my Jordans back in the right box.
Trend that has exceeded its natural lifespan? Sagging your pants.
Last movie you liked and last you disliked? Liked "Bella." Disliked "Noah."
TV shows you can't get enough of? "The Walking Dead" and "Orange is the New Black."
Last great meal you had? Chicken quesadillas at DogWatch Tavern in Fells Point.
Favorite place to get a drink in Baltimore? Select Lounge, Wednesday happy hour.
Favorite/least favorite fashion statement? Favorite: a well-tailored suit. For some odd reason, I feel I can conquer the world wearing one. Not to mention that a tailored suit paired with the right shoes are a hit with the ladies! Least favorite: a fashion statement that's forced. Don't try too hard. A true fashion statement will be heard effortlessly.
Summer seasonal trend that you'd like to see more of? Flowers and floral prints. I have a floral cap that was a gift from another fellow designer that I can't get enough of!
Who is your fashion inspiration? Kanye West.
What is your definition of fashion? Individuality.
Your favorite thing about Baltimore? The support the town gives me. And crab cakes.
AS TOLD TO LILY HUA