Womanista Exclusive: Designer Ramy Brook on Her Style, Her Summer and the Jumpsuit!

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(Photo: Instagram / @ramybrook)

Even if you haven’t heard her name, you’ve definitely seen her designs on everyone from Kate Beckinsdale to Cindy Crawford ­– Ramy Brook Sharp has claimed her stake in the contemporary market. Her namesake business has only been around since 2010, but in six short years she’s made a name for herself with sexy styles for strong women short on time. Her pieces, which are meant to easily transition from day to night, have become staples in closets of women everywhere. Ramy shared her secrets for success with us.

Womanista:
Why do you think it’s important for women to design for other women?

Ramy Brook:
Only a woman understands how clothes can make us feel. From the minute the clothes go on the body it has to make you feel great. It's not only about the fit, but about how it transforms your day. When you get dressed and feel confident there’s no stopping what you can achieve.

Womanista:
What’s your personal style philosophy? How do you incorporate that into the pieces you design?

Ramy Brook:
Sexy, sophisticated and timeless. Every piece must have these components. Sexy is the look, sophisticated to make it classy, and timeless so you don't get rid it a year later when you clean out your closet.

Womanista:
You’ve been doing the cold shoulder – one of summer’s hottest trends - for quite some time. What draws you to its design? Any style tips for how to wear a top or dress with a cold shoulder?

Ramy Brook:
The cold shoulder works for every woman. The shoulder is the part of the body that doesn't age and always looks good. It's appropriate for day and night and covers enough that you feel comfortable but shows enough that you feel pretty. Cold shoulder dresses are super easy for the season-- one and done! And a cold shoulder top is so versatile, it can be worn with pants, skirts, and shorts and looks like you spent a lot of time putting the look together.

Womanista:
You’re also a big proponent of the jumpsuit. What about this style makes it so versatile or cool?

Ramy Brook:
Jumpsuits are a staple in my wardrobe and the Ramy Brook line. It's a flexible look. When I'm invited to a party and not sure what to wear  - the jumpsuit is my go to outfit. I love white in the summer with turquoise jewelry and black of course, takes me anywhere all year long, pairing it with big gold hoops is one of my favorite looks.

Womanista:
How do you feel about the state of fashion right now? Is there anything that you’d change? Anything that would be considered “old-school” now that you wish was back?

Ramy Brook:
The world of fashion has always been dynamic, but the internet makes everything happen even faster. If you can't find what you're looking for, an alternative is a click away. Also, women are becoming more knowledgeable about trends from Instagram and bloggers so it's important for brands to keep evolving to keep up with rapidly changing tastes.

Womanista:
You’re a super busy mom of three — how has being a mom impacted your designs?

Ramy Brook:
Because I share the same busy lifestyle as many women, I understand the needs we have for our wardrobe. A multi-tasking woman has to be ready for everything. An outfit needs to take you from work, to the sidelines of a soccer game, to going out at night. All these activities impact our designs.

Womanista:
What’s next for you this summer?

Ramy Brook:
This summer is jam-packed! I’m headed to Europe with my husband, a fun girls trip to Saint-Tropez and relaxing in the Hamptons. 

Womanista:
Ramy Brook in three words?

Ramy Brook:
Happy, Sexy, Strong!

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