Friday, May 8, 2009

Interview with MyChanel

Today's interview is with MyChanel. She first discovered Polyvore over a year ago and has remained a loyal member since. One unique thing about MyChanel's set creation process is that she creates an outfit first, and then finds an image to compliment it. Her outfits are elegant and created with high-fashion pieces from some of the top stores on Polyvore.

Here are some of her sets:






Tell us about yourself.


I live in Canada, with my husband of 17 years and our sweet 16 month old dog named Betty, or as we affectionately call her on Polyvore, misspuppychanel. I turn 43 on May 10th. When I was 20 I turned down a career in modeling to pursue a career in business. This past January, I left my job as Director of Marketing and Communications to start my own marketing consulting firm specializing in website management and marketing. For fun, I am in the early development stages of a fashion and style website. Yes, that is a picture of me in my profile, it was taken a month ago.

Describe your sense of style/fashion.

My sense of style and fashion developed at an early age, as did my addiction to shoes. I remember when I was five my first favorite pair of shoes were navy blue Keds, I adored them. I wore them in a fashion show with my 3 siblings where we all wore matching outfits made my mom. My mom had both my sister and I sewing at an early age, and my sister even went to Fashion Design college. Sewing gave me a great appreciation for fabrics, quality, cut, fit and a deep sense of my personal style. My everyday style and my Polyvore style are synonymous with Classic & Elegant. I also like to mix it up with something casual or with an edge. I love a Chanel jacket with jeans. And depending on my mood, they might be skinny jeans or a pair of worn out Levi 501's found at a flea market.

How did you discover Polyvore?

I found the glorious rabbit hole to Polyvore through Facebook in November of 2007. At the time I really didn't understand what Polyvore was, only that I could make sets with clothing bags and shoes. It was instant creative Nirvana. Polyvore was very different then it is today and my first exposure was of the editor only (I didn't know about the main page, or other members sets). I had no idea that when I published my first sets that others were going to see them, let alone comment and favorite them. I think it took another month or so before I figured out, and started to use the clipper.

Tell us a little about what you use Polyvore for and why. What do you like about Polyvore?

As a I have mentioned earlier, Polyvore is instant creative Nirvana. Although I am in a very creative industry, Polyvore allows an intimate creative expression of my style in fashion, art and interiors. It has also been an immense pleasure to meet women, and a few men, from around the world and share this common bond.

Describe your set creation process. Where do you get inspiration for your sets? How do you pick a theme? How do you find your items?

My creative process is like a jigsaw puzzle, except I never have in my mind what the result should look like. Looking for and finding special and fabulous items to save in my "closet" is the source of my inspiration, or the jigsaw pieces. I will clip from Net-a-Porter, Colette, La Garconne, My Theresa mostly, or borrow from existing items. Lately, I have loved Eruca. I will be inspired first by a dress, t-shirt, or exquisite Balmain jeans. I am inspired by style, texture, and fabulousness of the item. My process is a harmonious blending of items that work or "fit" together. On the rare occasion the chosen items don't work together the way I like within a few minutes of trying, I delete the draft and move on to something else. I don't like wasting time, fussing over or forcing a creation. Sometimes I feel like a "clothes whisperer", the items do all the talking, I just place them in the set...I know it sounds weird, but it's true. The last item in my sets, if I am using one, is the photo. Many think it was the photo that inspired the outfit (except for my exact match/designer sets), but in fact, I can some how find a photo that will give the outfit the life or attitude I want it to have. I have never spent more then 30 minutes making a fashion set; art and interiors do take a little longer. Many readers may be surprised to learn I do not keep or have a single draft. It has never occurred to me to do so.

What are your 3 favorite sets of the ones you've made?



Got any feature requests for the Polyvore team?

1) A rotate tool in the editor would be brilliant.
2) The contacts sets page(s) is useless for keeping up with your closet friends. And I have over 4000 contacts so I can miss seeing a lot of my dearest friends sets. (The RSS feed isn't suitable for this either). A top favorite friends list would be handy for a quick reference, then I would never miss their sets.

16 comments:

Samara996 said...

You're amazing ;]] Keep up the good work ;] Love, Samara996

PaintHead said...

Awesome interview, oxox and i so agree on the contacts, to be able to keep in touch better with closet contacts,we should be able to maintain that better, and a rotate tool is great as well..

Anonymous said...

It´s so good know a little about you! I loved your suggestions for Polyvore be better! Many kisses.*Cris*

.iDolly™ said...

she does have some great sets !

Chloe said...

Classic .. her choices clothes are elegant, chic but classic :)

Masha said...

omg, great intervew, I love your sets. I read all about you, keep up the fabulous job. Btw, a rotate thing would be SUPERB! lol. The contacts thing is a start too.

masha said...

awesome sets mychanel, keep it up. I agree with the rotate toolbar and contacts.

Anonymous said...

I also think the rotate tool is a great idea. :D

Anonymous said...

I agree completely about the rotate tool! I've been wondering about that for a while...

kathiD said...

it´s so nice to learn a litte bit more of you and how you create your fabulous sets! Great interview!!

trendsyndicate said...

cheers my chanel...great interview. yes polyvore pleeeeeeeeease add a rotate tool, it would be so helpful.
xoxo

voguevictim said...

Many congratulations for this interview! You make polyvore an even more fun and inspiring place to come to. Keep up creating fabulous sets!!!

Anonymous said...

Creativity inspires!

Anonymous said...

you should be able to clip your sets from polyvore

Fossati Handbags said...

Great interview and I love your sets

BullyGrrl said...

Oh, what a WONDERFUL interview! I am so glad they featured you! And just lovely to discover the existence of mypuppychanel! Very exciting about your business venture and fashion website, best of luck to you! Thank you, Polyvore, for featuring one of our most admired and amazing members!!!!