Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Interview with Kaliam

Today's interview is with Kaliam, whose distinct style caught our eye. Large photos are the main attraction in her sets with miniature images of clothing and accessories as the embellishments. We were impressed at how beautifully each of her sets tell a story and how everything meshes together.

Here are some of her sets:

Tell us about yourself.

I'm a 23-year old girl who lives in Italy near Milan, where I'm studying building engineering/architecture. The fashion world has always fascinated me, in particular the way in which architects are borrowing the techniques of pleating,stapling, cutting and draping from traditional tailoring to design buildings that are flexible and interactive. They observe the construction of the clothes and how the fabric goes together to make volumetric forms. I like the relationship between fashion and architecture, love when they fuse together using different materials and shapes like cotton, molded fiberglass, leather, resin with fiber-optics, nylon and so on. This was the theme of my degree thesis at the end of my first three years. After my studies, I would like to move to the USA. I'm substantially a simple person, I feel like a director rather than an actor, preferring to stay behind the scenes. I love reading architectural books, magazines, listening to music, watching TV, going out with friends and eating gummy candies :D

Describe your sense of style/fashion.

I'm not a huge fan of fluorescent colors, glitter, dots and floral prints on myself, but I love seeing them on other people. I like whatever is comfy or whatever looks good on my body. We should be comfortable in every situation, place and occasion. My style is pretty casual, and colors have to match perfectly. I've completely fallen in love with accessories (they can really change an outfit): necklaces, hair clips, brooches, bracelets, everything with butterflies and maxi bags. But I hate gloves, so my hands are constantly frozen in winter!

Are there any particular fashion trends that you've been seeing people
wear in Milan lately?

Well, in Milan you can see everything! The 80's are back and designers render it in a modern and contemporary way, very feminine and chic. You can see everywhere studded bags by Miu Miu, Cavalli, Louis Vuitton, but my favorite is the Versace Vanitas bag. Thigh high boots are undoubtedly the hottest shoe trend for women in this season. One of the most fabulous shops in Milan is called Vergelio, you can find the most amazing shoes by top designers. On the Quadrilatero, the high-fashion shopping district with the famous Montenapoleone street, you can see women always elegant with impeccable coats and capes (the shop-windows are full of amazing capes). Torino Street is heaven for the youngsters: leggings, checkered dresses and leather jackets from Bershka and Paul & Bear are everywhere.

How did you discover Polyvore?

July 2008, Milan, 9:00 a.m. :D When I came out of the subway a man gave me a free daily newspaper and in a corner of the last pages there was a small article about Polyvore. I remember that there was a page with advice for people who can't spend much money on fashion. There were amazing ideas about dress-sharing as a business and not only as an usual ritual between girls. With a monthly subscription, stores and web sites can offer dresses, bags, shoes for rent with good prices. And for all the dreamers there was Polyvore, a place in which you can create your own style without money. "Mmmm...," I thought. "Let's see this website." And well, you know what happened, I'm here and totally addicted.

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

I use Polyvore because it allows to express myself and my feelings. As you can see, my sets are not totally focused on the outfit, the pictures are very important, too. I try to find the perfect mix between photos and outfits. Polyvore is a beautiful place to discover new designers, new products, fantastic blogs too (speaking of this, I'm thinking of starting one soon.) And it's not like other social networks where people share only information about themselves and gossip, we can let the imagination run wild. Fantasy and creativity are the key words. This is really a great community of fashionistas!!!

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?

It could takes one or several hours. Sometimes I can't finish a set because one little detail isn't perfect. I'm very very very obsessed with details. Sometimes the set is almost finished but if everything doesn't match perfectly, I won't publish it but I'll start another one immediately. You can't image how many drafts I have: more than 600! I always start choosing pictures or photos, then decoration and clothes that have to match with colors and style. I love when sets convey emotions and sensations. I don't have a particular theme. My sets reflect happiness, sadness, pain and joy I feel in my real life. But sometimes they're a dream, a desire, something I wish to be or live or I want to wear. Usually I clip pics from blogs or modeling portfolios (,, are the best), or simply search on Polyvore.

What are your favorite online stores you like to clip products from?,,,, are my favorites for clothes. It doesn't matter if is a brand expensive or cheap, well-known or not, I like anything that stuns me at first sight.,,, for home decorations. I have to say that often there isn't a particular web site, I love finding new websites and stores by googling.

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

It's so difficult :P

Got any feature requests for the Polyvore team?

I'd like to use more than 50 items.


whatever said...

I realy like set..they do look like u take long time making them..
enjoyed reading the interview..

Everyone loves fashion said...

awww Kaliam!! one of the loveliest girl in polyvore :) Her works are stunning, charming and i love it! keep up the good job girl :)

Karine Minzon Wilson fashion blog said...

Hi Kaliam,

You know, I'm super fan of your sets dear, great interview!!!!!!! xoxoxoxox, Ka

MyChanel said...

A wonderful interview with one of my most favorite friends on Polyvore. Her sets are truly magnificent and stylish. xoxo MyChanel

❤✿PaintHead said...

❤✿Ciao Kaliam..

Awe such a cool polypal...Love your are a gem! ❤✿ Hugs

GwynethM said...

Fantastic interview about a really talented and special person! It was wonderful to learn more about you, Kaliam, and your beautiful ideas about architecture and fashion. Also, thank you for the peek into the world that you live in! Great article!!

Seelah said...

:) Ciao. Bravissima! Complimenti per i tuoi bei lavori che mi piacciono tantissimo e anche per la bella intervista.

marybloom said...

ciao Kaliam...bravissima:))))!!!!!!!

Geminii said...

I've always adored your sets (and of course, still do)!! Your style is fresh and original-this is why your sets are so charming! I hope to have you as a Polyvore friend.....Ciao!

vale<3 said...

she's a friend of mine!! ;P
ti voglio bene, cara

Fashionista Chick said...

Heyi my dear Kaliam,
your interview is so nice....You know I am a big fan of your sets..they are just so perfect..
love Fashionmint

♕laura♕ said...

great interview, love the sets! and i do agree about the 50 items.

Juliet said...

I heart all your sets...they are incredible to say the least!!!
I really liked reading your interview and how I wish i could go to Milan.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful interview. I enjoyed reading it :)

Anonymous said...

Hello dear, you know I love your work!
WOW, 600 drafts!!!! Looking forward to see all that beautiful work!
Love Phédre

zat said...

i like her sets too. the presentation is superb!..stunning!

-иαуєℓι:)♥ said...

Her set's are really good, i agree with her about her opinion of polyvore, it is a place where you can express your opinions of fashion :)
I think we should be allowed to use more than fifty items, too!! :)

Anonymous said...

molto bene :)

kaye t said...

it was nice reading this interview & kaliam's works are so wonderful. kaliam has such passion, spirit & love for all the things that make fashion what it is. keep it up! :)

Charlotte said...

I love your sets, Kaliam!
Great interview!

Anonymous said...

Wow... i love your sets. I wish I was as good as you.

nil said...
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che sorpresa said...

great interview my dear, I simply adore your sets and perfect colour harmony! It is not surprising that you study architecture: your precise and refined work clearly shows that (;
keep up the good work girl, polyvore loves you!

uptowmgirlxoxo said...

luv your interview and your sets are really great !!

Anonymous said...

Una vera artista.che dimostra di essere anche la bella persona che è con le parole di questa intervista...un bacione cara!!!:-)