Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Interview with elusivebeauty

Today's interview is with elusivebeauty. We recently stumbled upon his blog (yes, we have males on the site, too!), The Clothes Off Her Back and were very curious to learn more about the man behind the project. He uses lingerie models as the source of his inspiration, but there's nothing elusive about his fabulous sense of style ;)

Here are some of his sets:

Tell us about yourself.

I am a 25 year old graphic designer from Orange County, CA. I was born Arkansas, but raised in California since I was 9. I have been a graphic artist for almost 10 years now. About 3 years ago I started a small design studio called Eluded Media. Mostly we work with non-profit organizations or small growing businesses. I have also been busy working on a t-shirt line that I am hoping to finish soon. I got hooked onto fashion by the 2 people who raised me; my mom and my aunt. I definitely get my sense of style from them. Just really in the past few years I have embraced it though and now spend a good amount of my time focused on fashion. If I have any obsessions outside of Polyvore or fashion, it would have to be Batman. I know everything about him and it’s the only comic book I still buy as an adult today. It’s an odd picture admittedly; people will look at my desk and see Elle, Lucky, Marie Claire and a few issues of Batman. I get a lot of raised eyebrows.

How did you discover Polyvore?

I was helping my mom find a trench coat online. I ended up on someone’s set that had a trench coat in it. I started browsing through the site and I caught the bug and have been distracted ever since…Oh, and I did find a trench coat for my mom, too, so bonus!

What do you use Polyvore for and what do you like about it?

What I use Polyvore for is an outlet to be able to express my personal style or just to simply be creative. As a guy, our clothing is more about function and utility, so style and expression-wise there are limits. With women’s clothing though, there is a vast array of looks, colors, cuts and styles that are available. Polyvore has become my way of participating in the exciting world of fashion which is great because there is no way I would be able to pull off the looks that I’ve created, lol!

What I really like about Polyvore is not just creating sets, but the community. I am always amazed by the very supportive and very creative community that I see on Polyvore every day. I see Polyvore as like an art museum and we all explore through the different galleries. I think it is a very positive creative force and I am excited for what’s to come!

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?

A few months ago I started a project which I recently re-titled “The Clothes Off Her Back.” Basically for 52 weeks (1 year) I take a different model each week (sometimes 2 weeks) and assemble a full week’s wardrobe. Since I am a guy, I need to see what I am dressing so I find a model that I feel I have ideas for. I start with a lingerie model, which I usually find from department store websites and then I isolate the models on white in Photoshop. When I begin dressing the models I usually create 5 days of day/work wear, followed by weekend ensembles which vary depending on the occasion I picture.

Aside from that, all of the other stages of styling depend on how I interpret the models personality. I kind of create a mini bio about each model, which helps give me direction and inspires me to reach outside my normal styling choices and personal tastes. I also use mostly the top designers for creating my sets. Not sure why to be honest, just personal preference. Since I don’t have to actually buy it, why not use the best, right? lol!

Tell us about your blog.

I just started my blog a few weeks ago. I wanted to create a place online to chronicle the project I am trying to finish within a year and it seemed like the best solution. I have no idea who's looking at it, but it definitely helps me keep track of things. I also like to talk a little about what I tried to do with the set or sometimes just what's going on with life. Probably the blog is more for me then anyone else because it always keeps me encouraged to not stop and to keep going. If it encourages any one else to do something or brings entertainment in anyway to others, that is great too.

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

For Designers & Brands:
Christian Louboutin, Chanel, Lanvin, D&G, Alexander McQueen and Donna Karan

For Websites:
Net-A-Porter, Matches Fashion, Browns Fashion, Neiman Marcus, My Theresa and LUISAVIAROMA.

How would you like to impact the art/fashion world and can Polyvore help you?

I would say that Polyvore is already helped me significantly. Professionally my design work has improved and expanded, more than I thought it could even. Personally my own creative projects come more naturally and exceed my expectations. Polyvore has become my creative work out. The more I use it the more I benefit from it. As far as making an impact, I guess all artists desire that in some way. For me if I can help someone see a little beauty in the world or look at it differently, then I’m satisfied.

What's your trend forecast for the coming season in women's fashion?

Well, locally where I am I’ve been seeing a lot of lace lately along with a “material girl” edgy look going on. I anticipate probably deeper and more rich colors. I also think we’ll be seeing more pleats and tailored looks.

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

I think this was one of the best relaxed looks that I’ve created:

This one is really clean and simple, but I love the shoes and the splash of color:

With this one, I love the soft colors and the sophistication it has to it:

Got any feature requests for the Polyvore team?

Anything to help further in organizing items in the inventory. I have way to much stuff, lol! Other than that, just don’t shut down ;-)


Anonymous said...

SO great to read more about you dear!!! Fantastic interview!!

Anonymous said...

wow, that is soo cool!

Elise said...

Good morning - I just had to stop by and leave you a note because you have the most wonderfully fabulous blog. I've loved reading your interesting posts, all very creative and great pictures too. What could be more perfect ? Thanks for sharing them all and best wishes...

Anonymous said...

you'v got great set and they are also different from any1 else...keep the jop up...

NotJustAnotherBrickInTheWall said...

Great! Love to see what kind of members does Polyvore have!