Hello my beautiful fashionistas! I took a new approach with this post, and it turned out to be really awesome. I got to collaborate with my friend, Sam Hardman, who I met in my abroad rotation. He shares the same love for fashion as I do and I decided to interview him because his style is just so captivating to me, and I wanted to share it with my readers.
Sam is originally from San Diego, and decided to go to college in NYC to explore the east coast. We took a twist on the photo-shoot, since Sam also loves to style he picked his 3 favorite clothing pieces and he incorporated them into my outfits. This really was a cool experience, I love learning about other peoples styles and stories. I think I’m going to incorporate more interviews with Glamourcocktail, tell me what you think!
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Outfit 1: “This is a Gosha Rubchinskiy crew neck I bought in Barcelona. He’s a designer from Russia who is taking a lot of inspiration from soviet Russia and the Olympics and applying it to his designs which I’ve never seen before. His take on fashion is so interesting to me. This season all their stuff is produced by Comme des Garçon so the quality of this crew was absolutely amazing, I couldn’t resist.”
What do you define your style as? “My style is very mixed. Since I’m originally from California, I’d say it is a good combination of cali surf & skate with elements of higher fashion.”
How much does fashion influence your everyday life? “I would say that it’s become more of a lifestyle for me; I look forward to it everyday. I spend hours researching new ideas or working on projects so its definitely time consuming.”
Where do you see yourself after college? “After college my hope is to get to spend some time in either Paris or Japan. I definitely want to further my talents and knowledge and keep learning about the industry. I could see myself being a creative director for a brand as well as have my own brand.”
Outfit 2: “Cool story, this Balenciaga sample jacket from 2003 I found in this little shop in Paris. I went in and was kind of on the fence about it, I walked out side and 5 minutes later I had to walk back and buy it. I don’t know, there was something so special about it I just love the cut and the fact that it kind of looks like a straightjacket.”
What influences your design/fashion esthetic? “I would say that as of lately I’ve been trying to look at my past, my childhood, and where I grew up to look for inspiration and use it to intertwine things that are more current. Taking a new route to look at these old things and apply it to my lifestyle and fashion.”
Who is your favorite designer and why? “I would say that it’s a tie right now between Gosha Rubchinskiy, a Russian designer and Demna Gvasalia of Vetements.”
How do you keep up with the latest trends? “Honestly I’m on my computer like 8 hours a day just looking. I mainly look on social media to get my trends, I scroll through instagram and tumblr and if any topic or style catches my eye I’ll just start researching them, finding articles and creating picture collages.”
Outfit 3: “This is a Supreme flannel from last season, honestly it’s one of my favorite pieces. The quality, cut, and the way it fits is the reason why I chose to show this. The zipper is so unique I haven’t found a zip up like it. In my opinion, it was one of the coolest and most timeless pieces from last season’s collection.”
What advice do you have for people who don’t understand your style or some fashions? I think that at the end of the day whether you’re super into fashion or not, you should be able to wear whatever you like and try things outside of you’re comfort zones to be able to understand why you might not like something instead of just writing it off at first sight. You should learn to experiment with clothing, and once your passion grows you start looking at certain aspects of style in a different way and your knowledge expands. I think it’s important to not get so caught up in what everyone else is doing, because people who are fashion forward are not necessarily wearing what everyone considers the ‘norm’ and they’re branching out and I think that’s what’s cool about the industry. You can almost make anything fashionable and I think that comes a lot from confidence.
Do you get the best of both worlds living in both California and New York? It’s cool because there are a lot of aspects that are the same in New York and San Diego. Just kind of that whole counter culture of skate boarding and surfing is seen in both. There’s a lot more relaxed vibes in San Diego and you can see that transfers over into the clothing too. The fit of clothing in San Diego is a lot looser, New York has a lot more proper fitting. It’s cool to learn about two completely different styles and take what I like from both.
What differences do you see in American fashion vs. European fashion? What I’ve liked so far is that I feel like people in Europe, fashion wise, care more than in America. They go out of their way to put a little bit more effort into their outfits on a daily basis, so you’re not going to see people going to class in their pajamas. People actually take pride in what they wear, a lot of people in New York City do too, but I feel like people in Paris go the extra mile.
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