What does beauty mean to you?
LC: I love the idea of alternative beauty. Growing up everyone has this stereotype of the beautiful, blonde Disney princess but I was always drawn to the kooky world where everything is a little topsy-turvy. Where beauty isn’t all about tanned skin and blonde hair but it’s the ghostly paler, the dark raven, Morticia Addams look. I love the idea that beauty can be unexpected. It can be piercings everywhere, it can be a strange tattoo or coloured contact lenses, makeup that makes you look like an alien. I love exploring these unexpected aesthetics and having people react to them. Recently I did a magazine cover for Alt Noir magazine (pictured above) where the makeup was airbrushed white with purple highlights and these long spider web eyelashes.
I saw that, it looked amazing!
LC: Yeah. I like to push people out of their usual thought process and to help them see things from a different light.
I always feel weird that I don’t wear makeup, most women I know and a few guys wear makeup.
LC: Everyone feels weird about something. I could feel weird for thinking that having blue lipstick is beautiful, which I recently did have in Italy. I love doing something that is unexpected whether it’s no makeup or blue lips! (pictured below)
I recently had a chat with Jeannie Mai from How Do I Look? and she has the idea that the different colours you wear can influence the way that you fee, change your mood and what you project into the world. For instance, with lipstick colours, the colour that you wear on your lips can complement what you say/your message that you’re sharing.
LC: That’s a great way to put it. I do feel for that me and my subculture friends, the transformative aspect of fashion and makeup is so important to what we are. My friend Yukiro that I am going to New York Fashion Week with soon, he changes his look completely every night! He might do the pink princess peach look and the next night he might have green hair and x’s over his eyes. It’s incredible the imagination and the way you can change the way people look at you and how you feel through the way you dress and the kind of makeup you wear.
What does fashion mean to you?
LC: Fashion should be inspiring. It should be the feeling of creation. I love creating something yourself and creating yourself is an extension of that. Every time I think about what to wear or how to do makeup I try to do something different. It’s like getting a blank canvas and saying, how or what am I going to paint today? Which instruments and materials will I use? It’s a fantastic creative process for me.
You mentioned you were going to New York Fashion Week with your friend Yukiro (pictured below) and you’re speaking at the Independent Fashion Bloggers conference, plus you’re launching an app there too…
LC: I’m collaborating with a Japanese fashion iPhone app called Zoolook. You can upload your outfit posts and tag them. It’s another way to find inspiration with the community aspect because you’re sharing it with your friends and making new friends from the outfits that you see on the site.
You’ve attended New York Fashion Week before?
LC: I did but years ago. I used to live in New York where I went to school. Me then, I was the outsider, this was before the blog and before anything had really happened. I didn’t have anything under my belt so I felt like the person on the outside looking in and I maybe got to go through shows through some friends or something. This time is completely different though. I feel like I’m there representing the site and the people that feel are a part of the site. I got comments saying that people are excited to see some experimental fashion there and that they can’t wait to see what we do and what we wear and to see our coverage. It feels really great. It feels like I am there for a purpose and hopefully I will have something to contribute speaking at the conference and during events.
If you had to describe to someone who has never been before, what would you say about New York Fashion week.
LC: I would say it depends on your role. It’s a fashion industry event. I think a lot of people think it’s fun where you see a runway show and whatnot but if you are a member of the industry, you’re there for work. If you’re a stylist, makeup artist, model etc. you’re there to get the job done and network. It’s a fantastic place to see the collections. The runway shows are invite only which some people don’t know. You’re really there to see what is the latest things going on in fashion, make connections, get ideas, be inspired.
You love speaking to people doing interviews, to help get an understanding of people; how do you go about preparing for interviews?
LC: I like to look at the work people have done. I feel that often their personalities, little bits of them, of who they are, show up in their work whether it’s a painter or musician. I try to immerse myself in their work prior to the interview. I feel that sometimes brings out the most interesting questions or perspective when I do an interview.
Do you have any favourite interviews you’ve done?
LC: I love interviewing musicians. To me since I am a non-musician, it is a way to enter their world. Recently what I have loved doing instead of straight on interviews is collaborations where you work with the people and in a way showcase them and let them express themselves in a way that is attractive. For example, I’m debuting a new Huffington Post video series and the first episode is with The Amazing Race Goth team (featured below). The Gothic team and I did a collaboration and instead of interviewing them about their experiences we did a travel video where they shared their packing tips. We turned it into a fun video. The guys are so colourful and funny. Rather than just a straight on interview there is helpful content there as well as showcasing them and what they are doing.
You do so much work, where do you get the stamina to do everything?
LC: This year I have told myself to really keep your eye on the ball. I feel like so far everything that I do, whether it be journalism, TV or whatnot, it all reflects back on who I am and the mission of being visible part of the subculture and creating a space where everyone can be accepted.
I also wanted to ask you about your cat Basil Farrow.
LC: Yes! My favourite subject!
He was raised by [the actress and humanitarian] Mia Farrow?
LC: Yes he was.
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