The Influence

Débora Rosa

Born in Madeira, creative consultant Debora Rosa talks about her self taught, pared back style

Débora in Christopher Esber SS23

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Five items in your forever wardrobe?

My foundations include a crisp white shirt and tailored trousers by Lemaire, a classic cut leather jacket by a Polish label, Le Brand, a set of basic tees (The Row makes the best) and Boyish jeans. 

Who is your fashion icon and why?

Since I can remember, my mother. She influenced my appreciation of fashion as an art form, but also taught me to not take it too seriously. 

Also, the Olsen sisters. Since they began their journey into the fashion world, I have been inspired by their vision, and values.

How has your taste and style developed?

My style signifiers take cues from 90 minimalism, boyish and timeless designs. Quite a descriptor! But at the end of the day, it comes down to my mood and comfort. Human beings are always changing, adapting and growing. My style has evolved as I have become more aware of who I am and what matters most.

What was the last thing you bought and loved?

The Khaite Mary Jane Pumps – minimal and I love the almond toe. I have quite a process creating a file to log my favourite pieces and then letting that list “marinade” as I think about how much use I would give to each piece. Is it wearable? Do I need it?

Helmut Lang Top

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Magda Butrym Dress

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"My style has evolved as I have become more aware of who I am and what matters most."

Débora Rosa

@FashiionGoneRouge, originally your moodboard on Tumblr, is now 13 years old. As someone without a formal education in design and photography, how did your career evolve?

I started the Tumblr page as an outlet for inspiration. Fashion, Art, Cinema, Architecture and Interiors are connected so I wanted to create a platform that honoured the coexistence. Back then, digital, shareable mood boards were quite a new concept and my page soon attracted a following. I spent hours researching old ads, editorials, campaigns, new designers, and artforms. 

Then one day, the owner of a well-known brand asked me to come work for him as a researcher (basically what I was doing for my page) for his upcoming collections. I learned a lot, went to shows and met amazing people. From then on, my consultancy and styling projects have grown to a range of luxury and small scale brands.


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Débora's Morning Ritual

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What is your beauty routine?

Since my teenage years I have suffered from acne, so dedicating both time and money to skincare is an important part of my routine. Good nutrition, hydration, exercise and good sleep are my keys to balance. I can't miss a day without my NuFace device to lift and depuff each morning. I follow with a toner, vitamin serum, face cream, eye cream and SPF regime.

Name a book you would pass on to a dear friend.

From my favourite writer Joan Didion, “The Year of Magical Thinking.”

Where do you go to reset?

In my hometown, Madeira Island. It’s the place where I feel more connected with myself.

Tell us about a cause that you support?

Dogs and Animal Protection. It’s a cause I’m sensitive about and want to invest more time in this year.

Céline Clasp Bag with Literature

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Cartier Tank Watch and Agmes Bracelet

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What piece of jewellery means the most to you?

The gold coin passed down from my grandma. I cherish the piece for its sentimental value. Then, there’s my Cartier watch that was always on my dream list.

What is your favourite fashion week city? And who do you call when you are in a style pickle?

Copenhagen and Paris, I always feel so creatively inspired there. My must haves on the go? Saint Laurent sunglasses, Hermes blotting papers and lip balm, Chanel Le Lift hand cream, card holder and a travel size Loewe scent.

When I’m in a style pickle I contact my mom but most of the time it's my boyfriend that helps me make the call… he has a good eye for fashion and art.

What is your favourite under-the-radar brand right now?

The Garment: I love the minimal, cool-girl approach and the pieces easily blend into and refresh your wardrobe.

What is an important lesson you have learned and would pass on to other creatives?

Trust your instincts, trust your vision and be true to yourself. Never compare what you achieve to others as everyone's journey is different and you will have ups and downs but you will learn from them. Be kind to everyone you encounter.

Débora in Stella McCartney Sunglasses

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Hermès Soap

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Please describe your home environment.

Calm and serene. 

Who is in your own circle of experts?

One of my best friends, Pedro Ventura is a jewellery designer and has a great vision. Another person is a well-known interior designer, Dino Goncalves based in Portugal. He is part of my family and I love his careless, fearless attitude towards work and life. I also have to mention my managers (and agency) that I adore. I kind of consider them my mentors, they guide me through my work.

What new experiences are you seeking this spring?

I’m heading to The Ranch at Palazzo Fiuggi for a little wellness retreat, then heading to Lake Como for my first time. Also, I can't wait to return to my hometown for Easter and be with my family again.

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