I respect girls who are are about to look great AND express aspects of their personality through their personal style. Gia is a fellow Parson’s graduate and she currently works as a PR coordinator for Comme des Garcons which is doubtlessly a dream job for many. I implicitly trust her taste when it comes to womenswear and I think she has an incredible eye for aesthetics in general (not just when it comes to fashion). While she is often low-key and subtle with the way she dresses, Gia can also put together looks that break necks with ease.
How does everyday life in New York inspire the way you dress?
I pay more attention to what guys wear in this city. It just looks so much more comfortable and the silhouettes are classic. Guys in New York aren’t afraid to play around with prints and colors and I do take inspiration from that. There’s so many visuals in New York that make me take notice : it could be anything from street art to cereal packaging. I recently bought a few pairs of Happy Socks besides I liked the colors in the snack of aisle of M2M (ie my favorite, Pocky). Of course I had get red and white socks as well before going to the Yayoi Kusama exhibit at the Whitney.
When did you start buying designer clothes?
The turning point was when I started working at Assin in Melbourne which is an amazing store that stocked Ann D, Dior Homme, Margiela, Junya, Number (N)ine, Haider Ackerman.
I learned a lot about menswear there and I managed to come away with some great pieces from my time there.
Junya Watanabe SS2012 Cropped Rider Jacket
Junya Watanabe SS2012 Floral Print Dress
Junya Watanabe SS2012 Boots
You own some wilder pieces as well as some solid basics. How do you balance practicality and comfort against aesthetics in your wardrobe?
My actual clothing that I wear day to day has to be very comfortable. I walk around alot and I don’t want anything that’s too restricting. In general my style is pretty basic but I like statement pieces to mix it up. One thing I don’t compromise on is my rings. I never take them off and they feel so a part of me that I don’t even notice them there.
Comme des Garcon SHIRT SS2012 Strawberry Print
Comme des Garcon Homme Plus Cropped Jeans
Comme des Garcon Sneakers (No vis)
Junya Watanabe Shirt
J Crew Floral-Print Trousers
Junya Watanabe SS2012 Boots
What style inspirations do you go back to again and again?
The anime Nana.
Gogo from Kill Bill.
Nujabes music for the mood it creates.
Gregg Araki films.
You have some men’s pieces you wear reguarly. How do you work them into your outfits?
I’ve really gotten into just wearing plain white and/or black mens undershirts recently, like the Supreme/Hanes shirt or Bread & Boxers (worn in look 1). I like the simplicity of the cut and the casual feeling it provides. I like oversized cuts – button downs, like my new favorite is my new strawberry CdG SHIRT button down. Another favorite is my Rick Owens DRKSHW sleeveless hoodie that I’ve had since 2008 that I basically live in. I also frequently wear my Lanvin Hi-Tops and Homme Plus denim cropped pants. I just treat them like normal clothes and I appreciate they are less fussy than women’s pieces.
Photos by Rocky Li
Undercover Irregular Cotton Jacket in Grey
Great summer outerwear is always a challenge to find. Undercover brings this patchwork Irregular Cotton 5-Pocket Jacket to fill just that niche in your wardrobe. The detailing on this piece is quite incredible with 5 utility pockets , multi-colored buttons and a patchwork texture that includes striped, honeycombed and studded portions. The 100% cotton fabric combined with a unique 2-button high stance cut ensures that you’ll stay cool and comfortable throughout the season.
I am a fan of how this look with styled with sneakers (Nike Air Max 90s) and a t-shirt ; keeping with the casual and utilitarian vibe.
$820 on Tres Bien Shop
On this unbelievably mild January New York day I can’t believe Spring/Summer 2012 collections are already beginning to trickle into stores. My friend Joseph from Alwaysnever shared this video that provides a glimpse of the behind the scenes preparations at the SS2012 Robert Geller show. This video is well worth a view if you enjoy seeing the creative process of designers.