Thursday, November 4, 2010

Interview with HelloMrFox

Today's interview is with HelloMrFox, blogger and Polyvorian from Scotland. She loves all things having to do with vintage fashion and photography, and her sets are a delight to browse. Using a very basic style for her set layouts, her focus is truly on the individual pieces in each ensemble.

Here are some of her sets:

Tell us about yourself.

Hello, I'm Hannah, I'm 21 and I'm a third year student at the University of Edinburgh. I'm currently working towards obtaining a degree in Zoology, which might come as a surprise for anyone that reads my blog. I really enjoy studying Biology but I'm becoming less and less sure about working in that area when I graduate and more and more inclined to work in fashion! I was originally going to apply to do fashion at university so maybe I'll try and go back to that, do some short courses or something.

What's the story behind your Polyvore profile name?

My profile name is just a reflection of my blog's name, for which there isn't really a story! I guess I just wanted something different and well, I like foxes.

Tell us more about your blog Hello Mr Fox!

Hello Mr Fox
is a blog I started about two years ago. I'd been reading blogs for a while before that and eventually decided that I wanted to start my own and get involved. I love being able to keep track of things I find interesting and being able to share them with others and sharing my outfits has given me a lot more confidence in what I wear. A lot of my friends aren't really fashion orientated (which is fine, because we have other things in common!) but I find that a lot of people I 'know' through the blogosphere have tastes that are similar to my own. It's really nice to be able to communicate with people that like what I like!

How would you describe your sense of style/fashion?

All over the place. It's definitely getting more defined as I get older but I still feel like I take inspiration from here, there and everywhere. I'm very much into vintage and I prefer a subdued colour palette as opposed to bright, loud colours.

What's hot in your 'hood right now?

There seems to be a lot of vintage inspiration around at the moment. Satchels, ankle boots, peter pan collars -- they're everywhere! Which is fine and dandy with me.

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

I'd love it if more people started wearing 40s/50s pieces like dresses with full skirts or those amazing hats you can find with all the floral millinery bits, like this. Anyone that's ever seen and loved the TV series Pushing Daisies will understand what I mean, I'd love to live in a world like that!

How did you discover Polyvore?

I can't really remember how I discovered it because that was a couple of years ago but I guess you could say I rediscovered it through these lovely ladies: Siri of Ringo, have a banana! and Ashley of Fancy Fine.

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

I love being able to have an unlimited wardrobe, despite the fact that I can't actually wear the clothes! It's great being able to have so many options because I feel like I can really explore my style and work out what I do and don't like without actually having to spend ridiculous amounts of money on clothes I might never wear.

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

When you start building a new set just throw in all the items you think might go together and then go through and work out what works and what doesn't.

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

Not really, I don't tend to look through the fashion shows at the moment, mostly because I don't have time. There are a few obvious style icons I'm inspired by like Alexa Chung and Chloe Sevigny but I'm usually more influenced by people I see on the street or on blogs.

What online stores do you like to clip from?

I haven't actually clipped anything yet but I downloaded the little device thingy (aka: the clipper) the other day so no doubt I will do soon!

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

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

I really love this set by alicegoo.

The clothes are lovely and the theme is so romantic. I haven't done any stargazing in a while but it's definitely on my to-do list.

Are you inspired by a particular era when it comes to your personal style?

I always find myself very inspired by the 1930s when I watch films set in that era. I wouldn't necessarily say that it's reflected in my own personal style at the moment but it's definitely something I'd like to try and incorporate more into my wardrobe. I watched the film Cracks the other day and the costumes were just incredible.

Got any feature requests for the Polyvore team?

Not really, I think you're doing an excellent job!