PHOTOGRAPHY AMY TROOST
STYLIST TOM VAN DORPE
Place of birth: Russia
Place of current residence: Moscow
What inspired you to pursue fashion?
People around me.
What would you say is your specialty?
I am always trying to know more about myself, about who I am.
Where do you find confidence in this very competitive industry?
I am always doing things that I want and like. It is the key.
How would you define the current state of menswear? Where is it headed, where is it coming from?
I am going my own way and don’t look to the sides a lot.
How much do other arts (architecture, sculpture, etc.) inspire your designs?
I like photography and movies. Tarkovsky’s filmography and photo album about sports in early Soviet time is the best for me now.
Where do you go to be alone? Where do you go to be surrounded?
I like to spend my holidays in St. Petersburg. There is the Hermitage museum and many small bars with cool kids.
How have you witnessed social media and digital communication alter the way the fashion industry works?
You can show your work very fast now. It gives you freedom. But if you aren’t careful someone can use your ideas very fast too, and show them at almost the same time.
How do you define success for a young designer today?
You are successful when you love what you do, I think. And it is very good when you meet people who like your work. It is cool for me seeing kids skating in my stuff.
What inspired your collection for Spring?
We try to mix old-school sports things from the Soviet era of the ’30s and club culture pieces from the ’90s.
Give us a hint as to what’s inspiring your next (Fall) collection.
Krylatskoe, the area at the northwest of Moscow.
Hair Dennis Gots (Jed Root) Grooming Benjamin Puckey (D+V Management) Model Mathias Lauridsen (IMG) Digital TECHNICIAN Denis Vlaso Photo assistants Aaron Thomas and Marek Berry Stylist assistant Carrie Weidner Location Splashlight