Stylist JOA / HERR HITPASS for the Fashion Fanatics series.
'VIEW ON FASHION //
There are so many aspects of fashion that have an impact on my life. Both personally and professionally, since I work as a fashion stylist. Personally speaking I feel fashion has great transformative and empowering merits. Basically, fashion can make my day. Even on days that you wake up not feeling to great, your outfit can be your armour – getting you through the day. For me it really works that way. Wearing a strong suit is like wearing an attitude, and with a baggy look you can get your swag on. My outfits are either an extension of my mood or a cover-up thereof.
Mood swings aside; fashion is also very facilitative in showing where you stand. I personally feel no ambition to assimilate and fashion helps a great deal in establishing that. A stand-out’ish style sets you apart from the majority, and that is exactly where I place myself – apart from the majority. Simultaneously it can make you part of a subculture, creating a feeling of solidarity amongst you and other outcasts alike. These individualist and collective virtues are super interesting, I think.
SIGNATURE STYLE //
Workwise I feel so blessed to be able to be working as a creative in fashion. I hope to create fashion stories that are inspiring and relevant, that say something about the time we life in, about what’s going on in the rest of the world. Fashion as a reflective showcase of the social discourse is what does it for me. Where are we coming from, where are we now, and where are we going? Fashion holds it all.
I do not have a particular signature style – not at least when you think of it in terms of styles such as sporty or bohemian. Most of my looks are quite ‘out there’ and stand-out’ish, but differs from day to day reflecting my mood at a particular moment. So whenever I got my nineties mood on I’ll be wearing that leather Versace jacket and cap, or a turtleneck and Dior trousers whenever I’m feeling artsy and intellectual.
What is consistent about my wardrobe is that 99 per cent of it is black. Because of this monochrome wardrobe my outfits are about proportions, textures and silhouettes, rather then colour combo’s and prints. I’m the silhouette boy, someone told me recently. An over-sized shirt with skinny high-water trousers, or high-wasted pleated pants with a crop top, shit like that. But always black. What I love about that –corny as it might sound- is what it says and I think Yohji Yamamoto expressed it most accurately: ‘Black is modest and arrogant at the same time. Black is lazy and easy but mysterious. But above all black says this: ‘I don’t bother you – don’t bother me.’ True words.'
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