Monday, 18 October 2010
10 Questions: Personal Style
1.) What’s your favourite fashion accessory?
Right now, it has to be my Michael Van Der Ham silk scarf for Topshop. Like many folks involved in fashion, I have a habit of dressing in a cheery pallet of black and grey, so the vibrant collage-themed scarf helps me inject some colour and surprising edge into my outfits. Not to mention that prints are very on-trend for this season, and I love the wearable-art-like style of the scarf. Silk scarves also scream ‘Parisian cool’ (something I’d frankly give my right arm to embody) and are incredibly versatile.
2.) Who’s your favourite fashion role model?
Carey Mulligan. On her journey from indie darling to Hollywood star I have never yet seen her wear a less-than-flawless outfit. She possesses taste (on the red carpet, she avoids anything “above the knee, girly, or ridiculous”) - a rarity these days - and embraces her natural body type (she reportedly told her personal trainer she wanted to look like a ‘normal person’, not an actress), something to be celebrated in these days of unhealthy ‘heroin chic’.
3.) What do you always carry with you?
My iPod touch. I quite literally couldn’t live without it. Aside from just the musical aspect (which helps me fall even more in love with the geniuses behind Oh Land, Maroon 5, Two Door Cinema Club and Young Empires), I can also check my emails, access my facebook (addiction right there!) and give myself a cultural education with numerous free apps from various art museums (the MoMA app, for example).
4.) How would you describe your style?
Put together. I’m a bit of a style chameleon - one day I’ll wear a faux fur-collar cropped leather aviator jacket, black sequin leggings and wedge heeled ankle boots with a faux fur covered rucksack; another, crystal-studded sheer nude leggings, cream bodycon jersey dress and sheepskin-lined jacket, red lips, smoky eyes and messy hair - but no matter what mood I’m in, my outfit is always thought out. Every aspect reflects my inspiration for the look, or something that’s going on inside me emotionally.
5.) What’s your favourite? Jeans, sunglasses, or heels?
Definitely heels. I couldn’t live without them! They add polish, glamour, and sex appeal to any outfit. What more could a girl want?
6.) What inspired you to blog about fashion?
Just the desire to get my voice out there, basically - to have something to refer potential employers to (I knew from a very young age that I wanted to go into fashion journalism) so that they could get a feel for my voice and focus, and really just to have something in my life to feel incredibly passionate about.
7.) What’s your favourite fashion store?
Topshop! I swear, I could quite happily shop exclusively from that store for the rest of my life and be ecstatic. There’s glamour, there’s a youthful, fresh quality, there’s edge, and there’s a boundary-pushing, I-don’t-care-what-you-think vibe to their clothes. Everything is feminine but tough, strong. That’s a knife-edge I like to balance on.
8.) What’s your favourite fabric in clothing?
Probably silk. Silk always looks good and adds a touch of grown-up glamour and sophistication to any outfit. It’s also an extremely versatile fabric - you can get very feminine, opulent silk blouses, masculine button-up silk shirts in The Talented Mr. Ripley-esque tobacco shades, laidback Alexander Wang-cool silk t-shirts and silk scarves.
9.) Who or what inspires your style?
‘Regular’ peoples’ outfits on lookbook.nu. You can get so many ideas and a wealth of inspiration from this online source - there are as many different looks as there are personalities in a group of friends, yet all of them work in different ways, and emit different vibes. Sometimes, a certain je ne sais quoi quality to a style you’ve been trying to pin down can just click when you see someone using a particular key piece to work it.
10.) Would you choose to buy something high quality or make it yourself if you could?
I would always spend the money. In my opinion, it’s not really about whether you possess the raw skills to be capable of stitching together the patterns for a dress, but about a gift you possess, and the experience you build up with mentors. Just because I can create a garment, does not mean I am capable of evoking something truly beautiful or magnificent, like Sarah Burton’s skilled management of the Alexander McQueen legacy.