Our latest interview is with fashion journalist and model Adia Trischler
What inspires you to blog?
What inspires me to write/blog or contribute other than having a loud mouth is a genuine curiousity and desire to think critically. As much as I write, I read, and as much as I put out I also take in. There are times when I write only for myself as well. I am not so particular about stats or things like that. I would be researching and thinking critically even if there was no internet. Knowledge, and keeping oneself well informed shouldn’t be a popularity contest in my opinion. And I never seek to hurt anyone with my commentary, or be overly judgemental. If I don’t agree with something, I try to back it up with well grounded evidence. I always believe in listening and tolerance. At the end of the day, what I contribute is only my opinion. And my opinion is not the law, only one aspect of a deep territory of grey.
How would you define your personal style?
Dramatic, historical, and athropologically inclined. My background is in theatre, and I really do love costumes. I have been collecting antique and vintage clothing for almost 20 years and so that is obviously what my wardrobe is mostly comprised of. I love fashion history, and sometimes am asked to give talks or interviews about the subject. I also love folk culture, and collect and wear different pieces from all over the world. When I turn to contemporary clothing, I support a lot of young designers, and always seek beauty, quality, timelessness, and a bit of the avante garde. I’m not really a personal fan of anything basic, which definitely is a problem sometimes in terms of practicality…
Do you find that you follow fashion trends, or do you play by your own rules?
I don’t follow trends at all and haven’t since I was a teenager reading Vogue and Seventeen magazine. In general, I do have my own opinion, and at this point I know what works for me and what doesn’t. Of course my style goes through transitions, but these happen as I grow and change as a human being. Some people, I suppose need to be dictated to a bit more, and there is nothing wrong with that. I’m just too stubborn to follow trends 🙂
Items to get, what are you searching for right now?
- Right now I am scheming on somehow finding a pair of antique Hausa riding boots (from Burkina Faso) though its nearly impossible.
- The perfect mid century Scandanavian cuff
- A sweater that I don’t hate.
Are there any colors you tend to shy away from, and if so why?
Black, it makes me sad, and literally weighs my body down. I almost exclusively wear white or light colors.
When you hear the term “Black Girl Killing It” what comes to mind?
Black girls taking advantage of the possibilities that weren’t available to our ancestors and making the best and the most out of our lives, our culture, our futures, and the world. However that may be.
As a child were you always into clothes or did you grow into your own fashion sense?
I have always been into fashion. It doesn’t suprise anyone in my family that this is the field that I work in. It actually surprises me the most, I thought that I would grow up to be an actress. I am an only child, so I spent most of my time playing dress up, and collecting fashion magazines from something like the age of 9.
Do you participate in your local fashion scene?
I have lived in Vienna, Austria for the past 6 years (I am originally from Connecticut and New York) and my work is somewhat based here, though I travel a lot. I work as a Creative Director and Image Consultant, and I direct fashion films. My creative partner is from Vienna, so in that sense we are ‘local’. But we collaborate a lot with people from all over Europe. I do try to support Austrian designers, but at times its difficult though thats another story…
How does your day to day life factor into your wardrobe choices?
I dress strictly for how I feel that day and also for where I am going. If I am going to a museum or a castle (which happens a lot) I actually try to wear gowns with long trains. I’m an absolute romantic and I find its very important to feel beautiful in beautiful spaces. If I am working, I still try to feel beautiful, but I have to be able to move quickly and jump around which I am known to do, especially when we are filming.
What is your greatest fashion pet peeve?
When people do not dress weather appropriate (It is possible to look beautiful and stylish in all sorts of clothing) I can’t stand seeing a mini skirt in a snow storm. The same goes for people not dressing age appropriately. Pigtails at 55 make me cringe.
Have you ever tried your hand at design or sewing?
I have to sew for work sometimes though I am crap at it. I was raised by a single father who did a wonderful job loving me, but I sort of lost out on the whole crafts tutorial. I am not a designer, though sometimes I dream about shoes or hats that I wish existed. In general I am an editor as opposed to a designer.
Are there any designers that you like to wear or whose clothing stands out with you?
Haider Ackermann, Norma Kamali, Alexander McQueen, Preen, and Comme des Garcons…the list goes on and on
Who are your style icons?
Elsa Schiaparelli, Marchesa Casati, Prince, Andre 3000, Lena Horne, Anna May Wong, and the entire Jamaican half of my family,
Your five must-haves as a girl:
- killer pair of heels
- stylish and functional winter overcoat (it is basically your outside outfit for a season)
- beautiful but effortless dress that always ‘does the trick’ 😉
- killer pair of flats
- an easy but striking jumpsuit for whenever you need to run but want to look well put together