Monday, August 3, 2009

Interview with Golestaneh

Today's interview is with Golestaneh. She's been a Polyvore member for a year and we're constantly inspired by her sense of style through her Polyvore sets and her blog, Golestaneh - Street Style. To Golestaneh, Polyvore is a fashion diary and we love that she's sharing it with all of us!

Here are some of her sets:

Tell us about yourself.

I m a 29-year old law student from Cologne (Germany) with a passion for fashion, in particular for shoes. And I would quit law immediately if I could work for a fashion magazine. ;)

Describe your sense of style/fashion.

I'd say my sense of style is casual, wearable and stylish at once. I love to mix edgy items with basics. I do not like overloaded outfits with too many edgy or trendy items which make you look too dressed up, unnatural and phony.

Are there any particular fashion trends that you've been seeing people wear in Germany right now?

Yes. Most of the Germans like harem pants, leggings or gladiator sandals and some high waisted skirts.

How did you discover Polyvore?

I discovered Polyvore searching for a cheap pair of Golden Goose boots via Google; since then I am sort of addicted to Polyvore (never found cheap Golden Goose boots, though!)

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

I use Polyvore as a public fashion diary. Polyvore gives me the chance to keep hold of all my ideas for different outfits. At the same time, it provides insight to the ideas and styles of many other people around the world. All in all, I use Polyvore to give free rein to my creativity and to get inspired by the amazing Polyvorians.

What I particularly like about Polyvore is the fact that I can find most of the products I m searching for very fast and get directly to the shops where I can buy them. Thus, Polyvore makes shopping much easier.

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?

Most often I browse the items on Polyvore and first save all I like. Then I create a set around the item that inspired me most and start to move the items back and forth mixing and matching them until I like the position of every single item. Sometimes I get inspired by an editorial picture and instantly know what outfit would fit. However, most ideas of my sets are based on outfits from my own closet. Therefore, I search for similar items on Polyvore or clip items of other sites to Polyvore to recreate my outfits.

What are your favorite designers and sites you like to clip products from?

My favorite brands/designers of this season are Chanel, Balmain, Alexander Wang, Givenchy, Chloe, Burberry, Gucci, Rodarte, Phi, Rick Owens, Opening Ceremony, and James Perse (their t-shirts are amazing!)

My favorite sites are Net-A-Porter, La Garconne, Luisa Via Roma and Topshop.

We're big fans of your fashion blog! Care to tell us more about it?

I started my own fashion blog to show and to share all the things that inspire me and my personal style. I insert my Polyvore sets into my blog to show how I would mix and match the unaffordable items of my favorite designers and brands. Then I post pics of my own outfits to show the same styles with similar but cheaper items. In this way I can present outfits in every price range on my blog. And hopefully I can inspire others.

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

That's very difficult!

Got any feature requests for the Polyvore team?

I would really like to be able to search within my own items by colour, brand, and site. It would also be great if I could cut the items into shape and rub out.