Hey there! I'm Claire, I write this blog. I'm 22 years old, and I'm studying art history and fashion theory at the New School here in NYC. Here's a bunch of stuff I get asked:
Where are you from?-I'm originally from NYC; Woodside, Queens, actually. When I was 13 my family moved upstate to Buffalo, NY, which where I spent high school. I started my blog while we were living up there as a way to keep my sense of curiosity sharp, and then I came back to the city for school.
Is that your natural hair color?-Alas, it is not. I'm actually blonde, I've been a converted redhead since I was 15, when it was dyed and cut short for a hair modeling gig.
Who takes your photos?
-Unless I state otherwise, I take all my photos. This means I go out with a tripod and do it up. It's a process that can be unnerving, but it gives me a little freedom to attempt to do things exactly how I envision them. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't, but I love experimenting. I'm cool with being a total amateur.
Along with Fashion, what are your interests?
-I'm a huuuuuge movie buff. Sometimes there's nothing I love more than a marathon of some of my faves (Harold and Maude, A Hard Day's Night, Beetlejuice and Fantastic Planet are the light-hearted go-tow). I'm also usually down for perusing a gallery or five, adding to my button collection and sticking my nose into whatever I haven't tried yet. I can get down with the notion that all the shtuff in culture is reflected back through style, so I love getting a taste of every artistic endeavor whether it's food, sculpture or music, I've got a bunch of books if you'd like to borrow any sometime.
What is your style philosophy?
-It's hard to say, really. I tend to be a little all over the place, but if there's one thing I love it's eclecticism, and I always feel the most motivated to wear something when it moves with my mood. There is also a certain sense of joy when you can implement some manual work with your clothes while getting dressed. I tend to be the most impressed by pieces that seamlessly combine function and a sense of play, so something with a decoration normally has it for a very specific, workable purpose; a button seals together two pieces of fabric, laces are used instead of zippers, drapes are implemented in order to change the appearance of the body, these are da things I gravitate towards as far as design goes.
What are your plans after you graduate?
-I'm really grateful that blogging has helped me get a sense of what the Fashion Industry is like, I'm still working on it! I first studied photography at Parsons School of Design, but then moved on to Eugene Lang to study art history so that I could get a sense of why people are compelled to design and make beautiful things. I'd like to be a Jack-of-all-trades at some point, but for now I'm working on my writing and paying my dues in order to keep on learning. I'll let you know how it goes.
What are you doing when you're not on the internet?
-When I'm not blogging, I think you're most likely to find me out and about with little or no plan for the day. I'm usually tinkering away at some project whether it's a collaboration, a photo diary, an afternoon of re-arranging my room or diving into a movie. I dig aimless walks around the city and schmoozing with friends over good food and maybe an impromptu dance.