What do you like the most about NYC?
Walking on the street when it's not too hot.
How would you describe your style?
I would describe my style as interested and drawn towards cut on the body. I love menswear because I feel like it is more engaged in fit rather than fleeting trends. I also love a good harness or waist piece to throw over any loose or baggy garments. I try to have a sense of humor or play when I put a look together.
What kind of link is important between fashion and image?
I am interested in the way images create the idea of "actually-being-there." Images give a depiction of an event, rather than directly experiencing the event itself. I believe that in fashion a lot of imagery touches on the way that we idealize or fictionalize narrative. I am a stylist and photo director. I look at images as an opportunity to play with the narratives already visible within fashion marketing and advertisement. I love clothes and the body. I try to make images for images sake rather than attempting to replicate an actual event. I think this is common within fashion imagery—especially advertisement. A lot of people think it is vacant, but I think it is honest. Fashion has no qualms with admitting that it's capitalism.
What is the best advice you've ever received?
That it's nice to be nice, not smug.
What is your favourite brand, and why?
Junya Watanabe. I like the barrage of "non-fashion" references Watanabe san makes within his collections. Nothing is within a vacuum for him and the collections are always pointed. The best part is the music and his show locations.
Images courtesy of Alex Assil
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