Tell us your name, age, profession and what you typically wear every day (anything you’d like to share).
My name is Lyudmyla Porter. I’m a 34 year old freelance artist. As far as what I wear every day, it varies WILDLY. It can be anything from pajamas or a t-shirt and panties, to a dress or a fun going-out look. My wardrobe is dictated by my life, my life is not dictated by my wardrobe. I try to be comfortable and free as an artist, so when I’m painting or drawing or making clothes or sometimes just a mess, I’m casual and in soft fabrics. When I’m spending time with friends or hanging out or running errands, I'll most likely wear a seasonal dress, or I'll wear some jeans or slacks and a layered top. For dinner with my husband, I try to wear something romantic yet sexy to remind him that I’m his number one priority!
Where do you live, and what trends are big there?
Oh my God, I live in Palmdale, California! The trend here is something between outdoor sports to barbecue clothes to high fashion. It’s like anywhere else in Los Angeles County. It really depends on where you’re going and what you’re going to be doing. It’s a very sunny place, so big sunglasses are a hot trend here. More of a necessity really! The great thing about being here is that I get to wear a lot of hats. Southern California is a great place to be if you love hats, because they are truly the most fabulous way to avoid sunburn. Also, fashion and trends are very much in a state of evolution here, because celebrities are always the ones to break new ground in terms of what’s in style.
What is your favorite brand/designer? What do like about that brand?
Hard to say, not really a question a girl can answer. All of them! Just kidding, but there are so many choices in fashion now, it’s possible to have a completely different look every day if you have the time and money to shop that much! If I had to answer in a do-or-die scenario, then it would probably be BCBG or LAMB or many others. Wow, I can’t even answer that under threat of death.
Which celebrity has great style? What do you like about his or her style?
I like Sheryl Crow. She is a celebrity whose fashion I admire and, more importantly, relate to. She is very feminine, casual AND sexy. She knows how and when to mix it up. She’s a lady who clearly knows who she is and she lives it. I also like Nicole Kidman. She cleans up well and is always a head-turner on the red carpet. She always looks so elegant and sophisticated, without going overboard. She commands your attention without demanding it outright. She makes you want to see what she’ll be wearing and how she carries herself. She doesn’t have to run out in the streets dressed like a peacock to get people to notice her.
What are your personal aspirations/goals?
Just to be happy today. There is no guarantee of tomorrow, and yesterday is gone. Life is pretty simple, and if I’m trying to do it right, I just don’t make it complicated. I love art, and I want to really find myself as an artist. There are so many moods and mediums and types of art and so many beautiful expressions of individuality. With art you have a tangible means of getting that out. It’s liberating and frustrating and uplifting and depressing: art is real. You can’t fake art. People will notice, and you will notice the most, because you aren’t being honest with yourself. Your art is looking back at you and the lie is plain to see. I guess I just want to make it through to the end without cutting my ear off!
How has Polyvore affected your life?
It’s a great escape. Since day one of my Polyvore journey, I find it to be an easy distraction from things in general. The clipper and the format is really easy to use, and there are so many themes and contests and ideas. It’s a massive organism, a living ball of creativity. It makes me happy to be in a candy store full of free candies. I just need stretchy pants and I’m ready. But honestly, it’s just an endless possibility of expression, so much so that I’ve had to pull away to get other projects done. But I always come back to Polyvore, it’s like a warm blanket and soup!
How would you describe your set style?
Incomplete. I never really know if I’m done, like any other art project. You just have to get close to what you see in your mind and then hit publish. I could work on one set for 3 days if I didn’t make myself walk away from a concept. The beauty of finishing one though is moving on to the next idea and seeing that come to life, so on to the next one. As for a real style though, it depends on my mood. I am a woman and my mood is my driving force. I cannot apologize for that!
How often do you sign on and what is the first thing you do when you sign on?
I look at Polyvore every day. First I look at the top sets, and then I click on following and see who’s doing what and how they are doing it. I think it’s important to expand your knowledge base when you’re into something. Looking at sets from the people I follow shows me the road map of possibilities, and once I’m inspired I choose my destination. But all creativity comes from somewhere. It’s the accumulation of experience, ready to be shared. Sometimes I’ll go a while without making any sets, but I browse the site almost daily. It’s the front line of cutting-edge fashion. People on Polyvore are constantly putting new looks together, trying new concepts, hashing out new ideas. It’s a real proving ground, because the pictures are right there, and you know if a look is right or not as soon as you see it. I of course check to see what contests are on, sometimes just the drive of winning something cool can get me going, and once I’m inspired, I feel motivated. The need to compete and win is powerful.
What is your favorite Polyvore feature?
I love the clipper and the editor. The interface of Polyvore is so intuitive and simple, making it really easy to spend more time on your idea, and less time becoming a Photoshop guru. Granted, I love Photoshop, but I’d have probably lost interest if I had to use it to make all my sets using that type of software!
Describe your personal sense of style.
That’s a tough one. Wow, I guess it would be somewhere between bohemian eclecticism and traditional with modern influences. I believe in the classics, that certain things endure. True love, puppy dogs, your good-butt jeans, a favorite handbag. These are the things you just always have a place in your heart for, because they are classics. I love the new trends and latest looks, but the ones that always catch my eye are rooted in the foundation of everlasting coolness, the basics. It doesn’t have to be a particular piece, or even any of the pieces, it just has to draw inspiration from the familiar so I don’t feel like I’m dressed in something from the Syfy channel.
Anything else you would like us to know?
I just really want to thank the whole Polyvore team for all your hard work, innovation and creativity. To create such a venue, cultivate and maintain relationships with sponsors, continue to improve your product, all shows a real understanding of your target audience. It’s clear Polyvore is all about providing value to its users both corporate and consumer. I want you to know that I think you’re doing a great job.