How does your career factor into your personal style?
My personal style is a balance between looking good and comfort. I’ll take jeans and a t-shirt any day. I’m so thankful that I don’t work in an environment that forces a certain style upon me; men in suits are playing a drag character in a certain way, whether they know it or not. Luckily, AS220 is a perfect place to be expressive in both art and style, so my choice in clothing is about maintaining a level of professionalism, but tempered with a sort of attitude. This is me at AS220: you’re not gonna get a tie, so you get me with my pink deep V-neck.
Did you always have a distinctive sense of style, or is it something you grew into and developed over time?
I’ve always had a certain style, which usually centers on my hair. I had a mohawk for ages, but I’ve abandoned the ‘hawk for long hair and have kept the shaved side as a memorial. Clothing-wise, my style has definitely changed over time. I’ve realized that I can amp up the color and patterns more – it’s almost expected by friends and coworkers.
Where do you like to shop?
I’m obsessed with Barney’s. Half of my wardrobe is from there, and the rest could and should be bought there. I’m accepting applications for benefactors. The t-shirt and pants are from Barney’s, and the shoes are Puma.
The belt to the side is an interesting touch.
I collect fashion habits from my personal history. In 2006, I met a guy that was so cool: his style, the way he carried himself, he had a side-belt. He’s a great friend now, and I carry his 2006 side-belt legacy on.
What’s your advice to the man who’s still afraid of wearing bold colors?
Go with your gut. If you’re not feeling bold and gregarious then bold and gregarious colors are just going to be uncomfortable. Also, people look at you a lot less then you think they do, so wear what you want. No one’s watching.
What’s the story behind the giant scarf?
I spent years looking for a large scarf that was long enough, to no avail. So if you can’t find it, make it... well, have your mom make it. Thanks mom! It’s my favorite winter accessory for both fashion and warmth.
How do you turn a plain t-shirt into a statement piece?
A t-shirt alone is just a t-shirt. Pairing a t-shirt with a necklace or a scarf gives it that something extra. Also, spend a little money on your t-shirts. Good cloth makes all the difference.