One could easily dismiss Melody Ehsani as an exotic fashionista…if one is the sort to judge books by covers. However, upon further review and acquaintance, it is apparent that there are several layers to Melody. She is of Persian decent, but born and reared in L.A. She’s oddly, b-girlish yet unapologetically couture. One that deals in the seedy world of music and fashion, yet very spiritual. Cassie’s shaved sides were old news to Melody. That was years ago. The rapidly rising designer has successfully carved out a niche that began with unique women’s shoes to accessories that evoke old school Hip-Hop. Melody is a true original and her stylings have been embraced by the likes of Erykah Badu, Musiq Soulchild, Keri Hilson, Vanessa and Angela Simmons and so many others, she can hardly remember.
In accordance with Ehsani’s fresh designs, AllHipHop decided to break our own mold and interview Melody over Instant Messenger, even after an in-person meeting. The conversation was took place as Jigsaw was in a boring panel discussion and Melody was at her Los Angeles home working on designs while watching Will Smith on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” Observe what transpired and see what Melody Ehsani has to offer your world and beyond.
jigsaw: U there?
jigsaw: Wnna do this now??
melody_ehsani: how goes it?
jigsaw: Good! Trying to catch u
melody_ehsani: do we need a vid cam?
jigsaw: Oh wait
melody_ehsani: cuz i dont have one on this comp
jigsaw: I’m sorry, I thought u wanted to do it on ichat
melody_ehsani: yeah thats fine
melody_ehsani: thats better
jigsaw: Ok great…ready?
melody_ehsani: yes i am
jigsaw: Ok…so, tell me about your company, give me a basic
melody_ehsani: basically i strive to create fashion products that are cutting
edge, yes still affordable for women
melody_ehsani: im trying to bring back originality to the design game
jigsaw: Can you describe your style?
melody_ehsani: where everything doesnt look the same…thats why I work twice
as hard to offer the general public customizable options
melody_ehsani: my style is ever advancing…at the moment becoming more
simple and sophisticated
melody_ehsani: very influenced by music and culture
jigsaw: I’ve noticed a hip hop flair, but its not over the
top…care to explain hip hop’s affect in particular?
——————————– 7:45 pm
melody_ehsani: hip hop was integral in my upbringing…it helped me define
who I was in the world…and made me aware of what authenticity and
passion looked like at a young age…I looked up to hip hop artists
because they went up against inertia to create something new in the
world that had never existed before…and despite how hard it was to
create that position, it felt like it was effortless, cuz it was meant
to be…and they were always on 10 with outshining each other…but back
then as opposed to now, it was who can be more creative and different.
So naturally my asthetic was affected by this love..
jigsaw: What artists/artist style do you recollect as influential
that have transcended the times?
melody_ehsani: big daddy kane, slick rick, salt n pepa, ll cool j, run
dmc….all of them really, but kane and salt n pepa were my fave.
melody_ehsani: the pop world back then was also doing big things…there was
def influence there too with janet, mj, prince, paula abdul even!
jigsaw: What is hip hop doing right or wrong from a fashion point
of view, in your opinion?
jigsaw: (Love paula abdul, straight up..lol)
melody_ehsani: haha me too
——————————– 7:52 pm
melody_ehsani: Hip hop now seems to have turned into a sort of conformist
culture as far as fashion is concerned ,every now and then you’ll see
something inventive, but nothing memorable…instead of whos more
creative, it seems like everyone wants to know who has more…who has
more diamonds around their neck, who has the bigger sneaker
collection… and everyones wearing the same items..it looks very
uniform. Personality doesnt come thru like it used to.
jigsaw: What about folks like Kanye, Lupe…?
——————————– 7:56 pm
melody_ehsani: I love that Kanye is trying to break the mold and that hes
bringing fashion to the hood….but i feel like it was better when
fashion started in the hood and then got taken to the runway.
Nevertheless, their style in particular is very classic and safe. I love
it….but Id love it more if there was some more diversity in artists
wardrobe, more vintage pieces, more custom items, mix it up
jigsaw: Nice answer!
jigsaw: You style accessorize for several artists. Can you run
melody_ehsani: run the artists?
jigsaw: Like, saul, badu…
jigsaw: Tell me the artists u work with
melody_ehsani: In the last year Ive worked with/for Rihanna, Erykah Badu,
Ciara, Musiq Soulchild, Alicia Keys, Neyo
melody_ehsani: just to name a few….i cant really remember them all lol
jigsaw: Well, excuse me! What is it about you that you feel is
attractive to them?
——————————– 8:05 pm
melody_ehsani: I think that its different, theres nobody else thats really
doing anything like what I do…and its very bold and defining. I think
its important for artists to be able to convey who they are and what
they’re about using their wardrobe, and my items do that. They stand
out….I think I have a good understanding of knowing how to blend
different elements to create something special that speaks to them and
in turn to their audience.
jigsaw: what artist do you enjoy working with the most if you have
——————————– 8:09 pm
melody_ehsani: On a personal level, I really love working with Erykah
Badu…she gets fashion…and she allows me to design from a very free
place. I think shes such a free artist…if that makes sense… I never
second guess what I make her because I feel like she really sees me for
who I am, and trusts my eye.
jigsaw: What about men? There are a few names, but not much there
for the guys!
——————————– 8:13 pm
melody_ehsani: Yes…most of the stuff Ive made for men are custom pieces,
Nas started wearing a custom 3 finger ring and that made it okay for the
rest of the men to jump on the bandwagon, lol. I dont think men are
ready for what I make…Im not sure if they’re secure enough to rock
bold colorful pieces that are made out of acrylic. This is not a dis in
any way…Im just not confident that they’re ready for me from a fashion
standpoint. Im waiting for a male muse to inspire me in that
jigsaw: we’ve talked past and present. give me the future for melody ehsani.
melody_ehsani: The next step is retail stores, i look forward to expanding the collection into clothing and homeware…I see it authentically growing into a strong lifestyle brand.
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