Photographer/ Creative Director / Grooming / IRVIN RIVERA
Styling / ART HUNTER & BRANDON NIQUILAS HO
Model / Blake Williams @ Photogenics
FEATURED WARDROBE STYLIST INTERVIEW
1. What does this collection say about your mindset when you were creating it?
I think it shows that we are dreamers; we manifested a place in time, that shows a story about a boy who is yet to experience the world, but wants to do so. In the normality of everyday life it shows that contentment is never attainable, so as humans we dream, we create, and we struggle to build something close to perfect. That satisfaction can sometimes be attained in dreams.
2. Where do you most often find inspiration from? And when you loose it.... what do you do to find it?
We often find inspiration from everyday life, stories from strangers, experiences and choosing to open our eyes to all things that you come across on your daily endeavors, I think you must take nothing to granted cause inspiration can come in many shapes and forms, and at times when we feel like we have lost it, we walk our city, take new adventures, get to know the people in our community, submerge ourselves in things that make us feel good and alive, and before you know it the creative juices starts flowing again.
3. What is your favorite styled photo shoot? Why did it stand out to you?
We remember seeing Anne Hathaway on the cover of W magazine many years ago at the stat of my career, there was something about it the was so inspiring, the styling was lavish, and grand, but yet so minimal, it almost felt like a dream, and we remember telling ourselves if we can create looks that can stand the test of time, trends and all, and remain timeless in its own stand then that is what we want to do with every chance we get.
4.Why editorial, session work? So many say it's a dead road....Why did you continue to pursue this path?
I guess we can be a little rebellious, hearing people say that in the past, yes it was disheartening, but that is the key to our drive, mostly you want to prove people wrong, and on the other hand, can you really give up something you love, I think yes if you go into it calculating dollar signs you will run for the hills to save your wallet, but if you don't run and you face it and you work hard on your craft and get through the hard times, the fruits of your labor and sacrifice begins to bare itself, and ones that flow begins, you take a deep hard breath, and soak in the feeling of beating the odds. Your passion is life so why not fight for it.
5.While on set, how do you stay focused?
Being on set is like a boost of energy, you get to see your imagination come to life, and its like a surge to your creativity, I think we find focus in knowing that you can't be lazy, keep your eyes on the prize and it will show in your work, but find moments for selfies, and twerking.
6. Share with us the most unexpected thing that happened while on set, good or bad?
There are times when Models do not show!!! And that is the most horrible thing ever.
7. Favorite quote or quotes you live by? And how do you apply them to your work? What is your personal mantra?
1. “If you want to be extraordinary- you will not get there by hanging around a bunch of people who tell you you’re not extraordinary. Instead, you will probably become as ordinary as they expect you to be.” - Kelly Cutrone
I think no matter what you always have to believe in your personal talent, take creative criticism lightly if valid apply them and improve on the things that you need improvement in. But at the most part don't ever become what people want you to be, and surround yourself with humans that have great spirits, build your tribe of friends keep them close and inspire each other to achieve greatness.
Our personal mantra is, don't get too caught up in the craziness around you, the mind is delicate, love your family, keep great friendships, feed your dogs, stay humble, work hard then get some rest!!! You would be surprised on how great this works for us.
8. Is there one experience in particular, that has made the biggest impact in your career?
We feel like every experience has an impact and we walk away from it an enlightened individual.
9. What do you think is the common mistakes within the industry? And what can others do to avoid being a cliché?
I think people get to caught up, in fashion, that they suck the life out of it, I think fashion is an individual journey, it is suppose to be a representation of self. So when people get to caught up in trends and all the nonsense, you almost loose your self and become a cookie cutter manifestation of commercialized fashion. I think you have to remember to show forth the fashion you love, believe in it represent it, and you will emerge a style of your own, people have to remember to be different, the greats don't become great by thinking like the person beside them or in back of them, and most and foremost stay kind. At the end of the day we have to remember that the fashion world is a world on its own, life still happens.
10. If you can go back to the beginning of your career? What piece of advice would you give your newbie self?
We would tell ourselves to stay hungry, keep building your craft, and don't rest on great. Create great relationships with people treasure those relationships and stay true to your vision. And just have FUN!!!
11. Who is your biggest role model and why? What collection stands out in your mind?
Our biggest role model would have to be Tom Ford; his vision is timeless, and inspiring. So many collections from past like LANVIN, Anna Sui, Rick Owens, and many more creative minded designers have served as such inspirations to us in the past years that it would be heart breaking to choose one.
12. Favorite Adult beverage? Why.... when did you first have one?
Jameson on the rocks, it’s very straight to the point, cool and smooth. And Tequila Shots just for the obvious fact that great adventures start with tequila. Ever since alcohol have touched these lips that has been the drink of choice.