Vancouver fashion designer invited to Oscar Gift Lounge

“I’ve been able to apply a lot of the skills I’ve learned in recovery,” designer Heidi Smith said. “One of the things I’ve learned is it’s okay to make mistakes, and it’s okay to own that.”

Heidi Smith and Addictive Designs will have the chance to schmooze with celebs at the Academy Awards

Heidi Smith (centre) shows off some of her work with Addictive Designs. She will be taking her designs to the red carpet at the 2016 Academy Awards. (Addictive Designs/Facebook)

Fashion designer and recovering addict Heidi Smith knows the road from addiction to recovery can be a long one.

After years of battling addiction and temporarily losing custody of her son, Smith managed to turned things around.

She used her journey to recovery as the fuel for her clothing company, Addictive Designs, and this year, she was invited to take part in the Celebrity Oscar Gift Lounge at the Academy Awards.

"I've been able to apply a lot of the skills I've learned in recovery," she told The Early Edition's Christine Coulter. "One of the things I've learned is it's okay to make mistakes, and it's okay to own that."

One area where Smith admits she made plenty of mistakes was with her son.

"It just got to the point where I couldn't function," she said. "I dragged my son through a lot of the hard times. He witnessed things that no child should ever witness."

Smith's Addictive Designs makes shirts, along with other clothing, printed with words Smith wrote in her journal during recovery.

She says the shirts are only her perspective, but she hopes they offer a way for others to connect over their struggles, addiction-related or otherwise.

"We cannot do this alone. We absolutely have to do this together," she said.

The Celebrity Oscar Gift Lounge is an event that takes place before the awards, and is a big opportunity for Smith.

Celebrities and other Hollywood types are invited to come in, schmooze and take free samples from international designers like Smith.

"It's been an overwhelming couple of months," she said, describing the past two months since her invite. "I'm just hopeful something exciting will come out of it."


To hear the full story, click on the audio labelled: From addiction to the Academy Awards, Vancouver fashion designer talks about her journey

With files from Christine Coulter

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