Since everybody wears clothes Filippa Hägg wants to deep dive inte some of the world’s most inspiring people’s closets. In this fashionable interview series, Wardrobe Diaries, we get to know their fashion memories, secrets and favourites. Featuring imagery shots through their own lenses. Wardrobe Diaries allows you to get a glimpse into their own fashion journey and relationship with clothes.
The creative fashion consultant Débora Rosa is mesmerizing everybody with her creative aestethics. It’s the mix of sophistication and artistry that is so alluring and a reason to her second inspirational account Fashion Gone Rouge where fashion, art and interior is whipped up to a feed one could scroll through for hours. Here she talks with Filippa Hägg
about the importance of planning purchases ahead and challenging yourself in order to find your style.
FH: Debora, how would you describe your style?
DR: Minimal, timeless with a twist, and comfortable.
FH: What was your first big fashion purchase?
DR: I’m not sure but I think it was my CÉLINE clasp bag and Madame boots.
FH: Do you plan your purchases ahead or are you a spontaneous shopper?
DR: I always plan ahead, I create a folder on Pinterest and do moodboards. Let it sit there
and think about it from time to time.
FH: One item of clothing in your closet you have haven’t been able to wear yet?
DR: I never had the opportunity to wear this Magda Butryum flower dress. It’s a mini dress
with a big flower at the front. It’s a beautiful piece that I had planned to wear to my best friend’s
wedding but due to the pandemic never had the chance too. One day for sure!
FH: What is your best tip to finding your own personal style?
DR: You have to feel comfortable and empowered. Challenge yourself and try something
different from time to time, and see what’s works for you. It’s a process and it grows with
you. Let it come naturally.
FH: One fashion item you can’t live without?
DR: Hard to just say one! I love tank tops, suit trousers, sneakers and sunglasses.
It’s with a heavy heart to face the fact that the one and only, larger-than-life Vogue editor, André Leon Talley passed away at the age of 73. A week has passed since he suddenly died from a heart attack, which has given us time to reflect on just how important he has been for the fashion industry.
Talley had a long impressive resume starting off as an intern for Diane Vreeland at the Museum of Modern Art. Followed by Andy Warhol, Interview Magazine, Women’s Wear Daily and The New York Times before finally setting his first step inside of Vogue 1983 as fashion news director. He grew within the magazine and was appointed creative director 1988, making him the magazine’s first ever African-American male creative director.
Many may know him for his big personality, extravagant capes and his biting comments. In all his fabulousness he was one thing first and foremost – a pioneer. Talley was the biggest champion and booster for the industry, and especially when it came to diversity. He pushed top designers to feature a more inclusive cast of models on the runway and behind the scenes. Every day he was in the fashion scene he was challenging the industry to be more inclusive. In his documentary The Gospel According to André, Talley says, “you don’t get up and say, ‘look, I’m Black and I’m proud,’ you just do it and it impacts the culture.” It’s safe to say that he impacted it big time. He was always quick with encouraging advice or a course correction, like the fairy godmother for the whole fashion community. He was a grand man, in all his glory of six foot seven inches to be exact he’ll forever be the one. The driving the industry forward, pushing the boundaries in making it better and broader.
“I’d like to be remembered as someone who made a difference in the lives of young people – that I nurtured someone and taught them to pursue their dreams and their careers, to leave a legacy.”
We can assure you André that we will, and you did.