Hey there! I'm Claire, I write this blog. I'm 22 years old, and I'm a recent graduate of The New School here in NYC.
Let us boogie.
Where are you from?-I'm originally from NYC; Woodside, Queens. 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 myself occupied and connected to cool, like-minded folks, and then I came back to the city for school. I live in Brooklyn now.
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 (almost) exactly how I envision them. I don't get to shoot everything I get to wear, but whenever the time feels right, I'll shoot something. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't, but I love experimenting. I'm cool with being a total amateur.
What are your plans after you graduate?
-(update: I have graduated! Huzzah! But still pretty recent, so developments to follow!) 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 and 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.
Along with Fashion, what are your interests?
-I'm a huuuuuge movie buff. Sometimes there's nothing I love more than a marathon of the good stuff (Harold and Maude, A Hard Day's Night, Beetlejuice and Fantastic Planet are the kinda-but-not-actually-light-hearted go-tos, for example). I also like comic books (particularly R. Crumb and his disciples) and collecting records. I'm something of an introvert from time-to-time, so I take a lot of walks, think about stuff, maybe I'll grab a taco while trying to get a song that's been stuck in my head all day out. I also enjoy sticking my nose into whatever I haven't tried yet, which there is still a lot of. I'm down with the notion that all the shtuff in culture is reflected back through what encompasses 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 too if you'd like to borrow any sometime. I should open a give-one-take-one personal library policy. How do I do this?
Oh wait, I guess I just did.
Oh wait, I guess I just did.
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 just goes with whatever's on my mind. I get a kick out of when I can implement some manual work with my 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 and darts are used in order to explicitly say something about the body- and if there's any sense of humor, I'm even more thrilled. These are only a few basic examples, but these are also da things I gravitate towards as far as design 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.