They say two heads are better than one and we agree. Kicking off our Twin Guest Edit series is fashion writer, model, stylist and all-around wünderkind Julia Frakes. Having run her blog Bunny Bisous since 2007, the Pennsylvania-native has written for publications such as Paper and Dossier Journal, been photographed by the likes of Annie Leibovitz and Cass Bird, and styled Rachel Antonoff’s RTW collections. All accomplished by the tender age of 22, she is also currently completing her degree in psychology.
Read on for the first of her Three Quick Questions interviews…
As the buyer for retail Mecca, Opening Ceremony, Kate Foley holds both the keenest eye and one of the most enviable jobs in the industry.
While fashion followers may first recognise Kate by her effortless and oft-emulated street style, within the field she is also known for her inspiring warmth and rallying work-ethic as part of Opening Ceremony’s team.
In the midst of the hectic Resort 2013 week, Kate and I grabbed a quick coffee for a light-hearted Q&A in the garden behind Saturdays Surf NYC, just around the corner from the Opening Ceremony Headquarters.
As well as her resort buying duties, Kate is abuzz in planning Opening Ceremony’s London boutique launch in time for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.
It was a true thrill to discover a bit about what makes Kate tick…
Julia Frakes: How did your childhood in England influence your style philosophy today?
Kate Foley: I grew up in a small village in the English Countryside and the selection of clothing stores in the local town was limited, to say the least. I think this really taught me to shop well and it challenged me to be creative.
There were some times when I would go to London to get something special, though; so I would supplement this with flea market finds, home-made bits, and simpler, classic pieces. I guess my style today still reflects that: I tend to find a special piece and then mix it with simpler pieces from my wardrobe. This way I feel interesting but also relaxed and comfortable… which is so important to me. There is nothing better or sexier than when a woman is totally comfortable and looks effortless.
JF: Opening Ceremony… London Olympics… 2012. We are all psyched-beyond-words by all of the potential collaborations and rumours that have been floating about. Of the various OC summer projects in the pipeline, can you perhaps shed some light on those that particularly jazz your game?
KF: I’m beyond excited about the London store opening. I’m British and it feels like such a big deal that there will be an Opening Ceremony in my home country. There are so many exciting, special collaborations in the works for the new store. We have Proenza [Schouler] and Delfina Delettrez making these amazing special pieces for us… all of which I’m dying to get my hands on.
We have a super-cool collaboration with adidas Originals (the lookbook shot by Josh Olins can be viewed online [at Twin] already!), a special Opening Ceremony London collection which I really, really love, and we will also be launching a Chloë Sevigny for Opening Ceremony collection filled with all our favourite pieces from the past, which, yes, is super exciting. There are so many other projects that will be in the London store… but you will have to wait for the opening for those!
JF: So, just for kicks: if you were commissioned to design a Bearbrick-type figurine Twin for HRM Queen Elizabeth II, how would you style it (or her)?
KF: She would have to be wearing a single chain of pearls, small stud pearl earrings, this Christopher Kane Metallic Floral Brocade two-piece and a Maison Michel Straw Bibi Cat headpiece [see images].
All portraits by Bill Gentle for Backyard Bill