Tell us your name, age, profession and what you typically wear every day (and anything you’d like to share).
My name is Gaia, and I work in book publishing. I have an eclectic style which mixes high street and vintage. My mother has a fantastic eye for clothes and bought garments from all eras in thrift stores and auctions before it became fashionable to buy vintage. I'm very lucky that she bequeathed me her wardrobe.
Where do you live, and what trends are big there?
I live in London, where anything goes. Rockabilly, goth, minimalist, feminine florals — they're all embraced and, depending on how I feel, I'll wear a version of each of these myself.
What is your favorite brand/designer? What do you like about that brand?
Oooh, this is a tough one. Going from photos and museum exhibitions rather than my own clothes, I love Bottega Veneta for the attention to detail, the quality and the wearability. Dries van Noten for the individuality. Vintage YSL, Givenchy, Balenciaga, Elsa Schiaparelli, Vionnet — anyone who defined an era. For pure fantasy dress-up, Dior, past and present. For modern, wearable femininity, Prada.
Which celebrity do you think has great style and why?
I like people who defy trends and either know what suits them or aren't afraid to experiment. I think Cate Blanchett and Tilda Swinton are always impeccably — and uniquely — dressed. They're not conformists, which I like. Michelle Williams' red carpet and off-duty style always catches my eye. Olivia Palermo is always beautifully turned-out. Sarah Jessica Parker is a great champion of design and not afraid to take risks. And Helen Mirren always looks wonderful. All very different.
What are your personal aspirations/goals?
I'd really like to master my sewing machine. I've gotten as far as cushion covers ...
How has Polyvore affected your life?
It's a creative outlet unlike any other. It combines fashion, art, design — all things I love — and a warm, supportive community.
Describe your personal sense of style.
Some days ladylike, other days relaxed. Clothes are very evocative for me so I like to wear things which remind me of time spent with family and friends. I especially like wearing the vintage tea dresses my mother wore when I was little.
How would you describe your set style?
It varies. Sometimes I'll pick up on a trend from a magazine; other times I'll get ideas from photography, books or films. I like seeing how shapes fit together and how things harmonise, so my sets can be quite abstract. Sometimes they are wildly aspirational; other times they feature things I have myself.
Got any requests for the Polyvore team?
I think all the new ways of discovering people — via the hashtags, ever-changing Top Stories, and regular and varied competitions — are great. I often get absorbed clicking from one thing to the next. And the app is just fantastic. So no requests, just thanks!