Fashion design student/Intern at Proenza Schouler from Arkansas.
Career and/or personal aspirations-
To become the creative director of an established label, and reinvent/modernize its image .
What inspired you to pursue a career in fashion?-
There was never any "ah-ha" moment. Fashion has always been a driving force in my life, and not necessarily in dressing myself, but having a critical eye of the world around me, and wanting to be a part of the change going on in the industry.
What is one thing that you crave the most, but you cant get in New York?-
A hug from my mom .
Where do you find inspiration?-
The most random things. I love museums, but I rarely find inspiration there. I love vintage references, and bizarre things that catch my eye. Sometimes a location or a space will inspire me, and I approach the design process as if I am going to show a collection there. I am always looking at things and thinking, "How can I apply this to fashion? What can I do to integrate this into my designs?"
What are some fashion trends that you're tired of?-
I love a lot of things that are going on right now, but anything that has become super overdone and just needs a rest. I think studs and a lot of tribal references need to be put down for a couple of seasons.
What is your personal style quirk ?-
I never leave home without my round sunglasses! I love classic menswear pieces, and try to approach dressing from a playful angle. Messing with proportions is a lot of fun, and I think it's the one thing in fashion that men have more freedom with than women. I also do LOTS of vintage/thrift shopping. I think pieces have so much more personality and energy when they've been worn out a little.
What is the most underrated item in menswear?-
I think guys really underestimate neckwear! A good tie can boost an outfit so much. Also, smelling good and looking cleaned up is the best thing a guy can do. I'm all about a pulled together look.
What is the best advice someone has ever given you?-
"Don't forget where you've come from." Remembering how small/clueless you used to be is the fastest way to check yourself and push you to work harder.
What advice would you like to give (career, personal, fashion related etc.) ?-
You are your only obstacle. Just trust yourself, be confident in your decisions, and everyone else will do the same.