Saturday, November 3, 2012

August Rush via NYC Curb Appeal

Shanita Sims of  NYC Curb Appeal contacted me and asked to shoot me for her website. After checking it out, I gladly obliged. I'm happy I did because the photos came out amazing. Below is a short interview on everything from my previous experience with Lori Goldstein, to what influences my style. Click here for the rest of the feature.

So, you work at the 'almighty' Opening Ceremony. I mean the place is the mecca for all of the It labels and extraordinary collaborations. How long have you worked there?
I've been at Opening Ceremony for a while now. This coming February will mark my two year anniversary. 

When you're not working at the coolest place on earth, what else do you do?
On my days off I attend gallery openings, I party, I skateboard, and I spend a lot of time in bookstores and Libraries. I love literature.

You've worked for veteran stylist Lori Goldstein for awhile, correct?
Yes!!! It was an internship but I assisted her on a lot of those shoots while I was there.

What was that like? 
It was the best eight months of my life. Lori is a legend and I don't think she gets enough credit for what she does. It was a lot of hard work, a lot of learning about aesthetic and quality. For her, it doesn't stop with editorials. It's an on-going thing. If Lori wants toothpaste, she's going to get the best toothpaste there is. I'm the same way, which is why I stayed so long and enjoyed being there so much.

What are your ultimate goals? Where do you want your path to lead?
My ultimate goal is to be a Stylist/Fashion Editor. I love being creative in general. I have formal training in Fashion Design so even though I assist stylists and have my own clients I work for, I still cut patterns and consult for my friends that have their own brands. I never say I'm a stylist because when you have people like Lori Goldstein or Joe McKenna who are amazing at what they do, I think it's disrespectful to start throwing titles around. It takes a lot more than putting an outfit together. I style the marketing campaigns for Williamsburg Garment Company. We carry it at Opening Ceremony. Besides that, I'm still working at it.

If you had to pack a suitcase in 5 minutes, what items from your closet would you grab?
My Opening Ceremony varsity jacket, both of my Patrik Ervell trousers, my Comme des Garçons topcoat, both pairs of Comme des Garçons Doc Martens, and all four of my Raf Simons sweatshirts. That's actually 90% of my closet. I don't have much clothing.

Who are some of your style influencers? 
I love Ian Curtis but besides him, no one really influences my style. I'm more influenced by the idea of things. I'm influenced by youth-subcultures like New Wave and Punk. I'm influenced by art; I'm a big fan of Brian Calvin, Elizabeth Peyton, David Hockney and Mike Kelley. I'm influenced by the idea of this moody kid that goes to art school and is stylish by accident. I do have a uniform though; leather baseball cap, varsity jacket, a sweater and/or club collared shirt, tailored trousers, and my 1461 Doc Martens. 

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