Who is your biggest creative inspiration?
My greatest aesthetic inspiration has almost come from fashion, photography and art. I was thrilled with Surrealism and Dada ever since I came across a picture of Hugo Ball in costume in my early adolescence and it’s never really faded. I have been an admirer of Tim Walker’s whimsical tableaux for very many years and recently I have very much fallen for Jamie Hawkesworth’s take on the everyday surreal. I would also name Diana Vreeland as a big influence, and JW Anderson as one of the most exciting contemporary fashion designers, playfully rethinking gender norms. But I equally love minimalist and serene forms of expression and find great inspiration in the works of Yohji Yamamoto, Helen Frankenthaler and Agnes Martin.
What is exciting you about the creative industries at the moment?
In the last three years I have been very closely observing a new and growing movement of mindful fashion designers, brands who are creating gorgeous designs and at the same time are very aware of and concerned with ethical and environmentally friendly ways of production. Honest by Bruno Pieters, Ryan Roche, Fonnesbech, Christopher Raeburn, Nettie Kent or Lana Siberie are just a few of these inspiring and pioneering brands. In March 2016 I have started up my own online magazine and newsletter called The Lissome (www.thelissome.com, also built on Squarespace) as a fashion guide that unites aesthetics and ethics and promotes a new notion of mindful fashion.