Flaviyake wears Issey Miyake

I had been waiting for half a year for winter sale to buy something from one of my favourite fashion labels – Issey Miyake, after whom my stage name Flaviyake. I attended his exhibition in London 2 years ago and was inspired so much that added a Japanese ending to my Italian name.

If my name was Flaviyaki, it would sound like ‘baked Flaviya’. But I am Flaviyake after Issey Miyake like Lady Gaga after ‘Radio Gaga’.

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Printed silk scarf on the background by GUZOVA ART

Big story of a small girl

Some people think that I am just another one foreign student in the UK, but when I tell them why I came to London, it makes them really amazed and surprised. I am not just another one student and not just another one singer. I had a very long mysterious journey following my dream, struggling and crying.

It was a sunny sumer day when I was playing with my toys and suddenly I heard a voice of intuition that told me that my mission is to become a famous artist, and I was just a little girl, as young as 4 years old… Then, 3 years later, that voice of intuition told me that I would live in London in the future. I asked my mother to allow me studying at a bilingual school to learn English very deep, but my mother didn’t believe in me at all. So I studied at a music lyceum instead in my first language. Who does believe 7 years old children??? But I have always had a voice of intuition.

I performed my original songs at clubs when I was 16. Soon after the smallest club I appeared on the stage of the biggest club in the city of my origin, but I had two mysterious dreams about Madonna who showed me my destiny – to establish my music project in London. In those dreams, she took my hand, showed me right ways and helped to overcome obstacles. I interpreted those dreams as sings of my fortune. That’s why I always say that being a singer is not my desire, it’s my mission. I like to show people something they haven’t seen yet.

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When I moved from Chisinau to Moscow, one day I walked in the city centre, and suddenly I got a feeling deep inside me or maybe it was my voice of intuition that told me that I will not stay in Moscow for longer than 5 years. It was a very difficult time for me and I cried almost every night, but every morning I woke up and told myself that my life will be completely changed in 5 years.

I did different kind of jobs before I started to produce elegant dresses for petite women as I am, which were sold at a well-establish fashion show-room and on the internet as well. One of my loyal clients bought 37 garments. Despite those results, I felt that it wasn’t my place and not my life destiny. The key element of my production was to design unusual necklines as a focal point of a dress. Due to that experience, I realised the importance of neckline design and that was a turning point in my life. I decided to research this topic deeply and moved to the UK. After getting an MSc in Fashion and Textiles Management, I wrote a book about fashion collars using materials from my dissertation on collars and necklines as a brand identity, which hopefully will be published in the nearest future. In the meantime, you can visit my blog FASHION COLLARS.

Finally I reached my dream to sing in London, and my fashion knowledge helped me to create my unique artist name Flaviyake and my recognisable style. That’s why my music project is so much connected to fashion. I like to appear in accessories designed by myself in my videos and on stage.

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Surrealistic photo of Flaviyake

Two days ago, I went to sing at a new venue, a pig pub that was completely busy with people. I was just connecting my laptop to the sound system when I noticed some people prepared their videocameras and iPhones to film my performance. I was really surprised, because no one knew me at that venue, so they didn’t know what to expect from me, but my quirky look obviously made them impressed and they decided to take videos.

Today I was waiting for the train on the underground and two ladies took several photos of me with flash without asking for permission. Obviously they were tourists and my hair style was the last London attraction to take photos of, as local people normally ask for permission to take a photo.

I like to show people something they haven’t seen yet.

In the surrealistic photo below, that reminds me the style of Salvator Dali, I am wearing my panda sunglasses and a silk scarf with an ocean print designed by myself. Copyright 2012 Tom Smith

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