Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Interview with love n fashion

Minimalist and chic are two words to describe the Polyvore sets love n fashion puts together. Her passion for fashion and photography emanates from her collages and we just can't stop admiring her style! We caught up with this New York transplant to learn more about what inspires her.

Here are some of her sets:

Tell us about yourself.

Hi everyone! This is love n fashion, or LnF to many of you. At 26, I’m just a girl trying to enjoy life, work, and quality time with friends and family in the fabulous city of New York. I’m originally from a small town in the Southern region of the US, so adjusting to life (and long winters) in the Big Apple has been quite interesting and at times overwhelming for me, however, I always try taking everything with a little laugh as I am truly blessed to be here. I currently work in fashion, but I actually studied business and economics in college and worked in finance for a few years before realizing I needed a career change. Since my I transition into the fashion industry (just in time before the world of finance came to a halt), I have been happily working for an international fashion brand. During this time, I have met so many incredibly talented colleagues and learned a lot about how much hard work that makes the fashion world go around. I think it needs to be said that fashion is not all just glitz and glamour as many people would think; it’s built upon an incredible amount of hard work and dedication.

How would you describe your sense of style/fashion?

My style is actually quite “understated.” I like to mix classic pieces with a little bit of an unexpected twist. My friends always say my closet is just a spectrum of black, white, and grey, which I like to call my “style foundation”, allowing me be to build upon it a fabulous wardrobe. To make things interesting, I also own a variety of vintage bags, statement jewelries, and a collection of men’s watches (many of which were given to me by my dad). Generally, I always stick to my overall philosophy of dressing effortlessly and steering clear from the temptation to chase the latest trends. Lately I have been doing a lot of mixing of feminine items with masculine accent pieces. Today, for instance, I wore a chic grey shift dress with a pair of high-heeled ankle boot and a structured motorcycle leather jacket (with a sick men’s watch, of course!)

What's hot in your 'hood right now?

A Black, Black, Black, fashion week just ended in New York, and our office is actually 2 blocks away from Bryant Park which allows me to peek around during my lunch hour to see what everyone is wearing. Overall, I think fashion has taken a change in the recession these past two years and people have gone back to more basic sense of dressing. Since it’s also quite cold right now, I’ve also seen a lot of clever techniques of layering and a plethora snoods, but mostly, people are sticking to classic items…..and dressing in black.

What's one thing you wish people would wear more of?

Honestly, I like to see not more of something, but rather less of something. It has actually been quite cold in the city lately, and I’ve seen so many fur coats, fur wraps, and fur vests on the streets and in the tents. I’m a firm believer in animal rights, so personally I wish people would wear less fur. That’s just my humble opinion.

How did you discover Polyvore?

I was shopping for a specific pair of Michael Kors ballet flats online and accidentally (and happily) discovered Polyvore about a year ago. Ever since that fateful day, I have been seriously, seriously addicted (did I mention seriously?). Ha!

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

I use Polyvore to express my sense of fashion and style which sometimes can often be a bit restricted (financially) in real life. It basically allows me to build my dream closet…virtually. I also use Polyvore to see everyone else’s fashion sense, particularly those users outside of the US. In just a short year, it has truly been eye-opening for me. AND of course, I just adore all the people on Polyvore, I mean, the unbelievable amount of support and friendship that has been shown on this website is truly irreplaceable.

If you could share one tip or trick with a new Polyvore member, what would it be?

Be open-minded and express yourself for who you are. There are so many fabulous and talented people on this site that I’m always amazed by each and every one of their sense or artistry and fashion. Being expressive is the key to creating amazing sets and everything else will just fall into place. That’s when the addiction begins.

Do you have a favorite fashion designer or style icon who has influenced you?

I think it’s hard to name one particular designer, as my style has been evolving as my life progresses. That is also the charm of fashion, designers come and go, trends come and go, but style will always remain (as Coco Chanel would say). However, I am completely obsessed with the blogs of the Sartorialist, Garance Dore, and Jak and Jil. Reading their blogs really make me feel that I’m at the very front end of the fashion world.

What online stores do you like to clip from?

I love The Selby for lifestyle clippings and Net-a-Porter for fashion clippings.

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

What's your favorite set created by another Polyvore member?

That’s a tough one! But it has got to go to the fabulous BM&R: Mirela.

We interviewed Neonutt last and she wanted us to ask you how long it takes you to find items and create a set?

I usually find items as I go (either when I’m browsing or just shopping) and then use them at another time to create a set. My average timing is about 30-45 minutes in terms of putting a set together which once in a while may vary depending on my creativity at that particular moment. I also don’t save drafts, otherwise I’ll never finish them.

Got any feature requests for the Polyvore team?

I think it would be great to have a “top 25 contacts” list. I’ve made so many amazing friends on Polyvore and have had such a wonderful time viewing everyone’s sets that I can’t seem to keep track. I think it would be nice to be able to have a list where I can organize my contacts and maybe group my them into categories so I can find them more efficiently. :)


Kamila said...

Perfect interwiew. I really like your sets and sence of fashion. You are in my "top contacts list" :)

golestaneh said...

in mine too ;)