Bon Goût: Wayta Patmo

Wayta is like a chameleon. One day you’ll see her with a crazy fro and the next day she’ll be rocking a fresh Twiggy crop.

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1. How important is style/appearance to you?
Appearance is very important. The thing that people always seem to forget is that we all live in “code”. You can’t be a lawyer and expect to be taken serious if you dress up like a punk-rock-star. I’m not saying that you can’t dress that way, but you have to know who you are and where you stand in life and this society.

Style is something that separated the wealthy from the poor in the old days. You had style because you could afford style. Only the upper class could wear couture and have a beautiful decorated home. Those times have changed. There are so many ways to make a good living these days that style has a diffrent meaning. Now you have style if you dress up more than others. You can also interpret “Style” in a different way. You can refer to a particular style-period, such as the Renaissance. From this point of view I don’t think style is important. You can mix if you want, as long as you know what you’re wearing.

2. How would you describe your style?
I would describe my style as a mix between Gwen Stefani, Kate Moss and Pharrell, Balenciaga meets Nike. I love to combine streetwear with Haute Couture.

3. What’s your favourite item?

I don’t really have favorite items, but if I have to name one, I think I’ll have to say my Balenciaga wallet (that will soon come with a matching bag.)

4. What’s your favourite cosmetic product?

For skincare I use Shisheido and Elizabeth Arden. All of my make up is Chanel and Mac.

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5. How would you describe your ideal partner ?
Romantically? I’m lost..so I’ll go for the reliable, honest, sincere and interesting guy.
Professionally? I need someone who understands my way of thinking and visualizing. I usually start with a concept and I need someone who can finish it.

6. Does she/he have to be stylish?
When I am in a relationship the only thing that matters is that the person I’m with, respects and understands my way of dressing. What he chooses to wear is fine by me, because that’s his identity. (as long they’re not briefs or REALLY ugly shoes..)
My professional partner has to work it..over the top!

7. Who is a style inspiration to you? And why? What inspires you? Who is a style icon to you?
I will have to say that Lady Gaga impresses me time and time again. I respect her for her courage and her great designing talent. I’m really blown away with how she sells herself as an image.
My inspiration is Cristobal Balenciaga. He can turn every girl into a sophisticated lady. I love his sense of style and how he toys with linings and a woman’s body. That’s why I’m very fond of the 50’s. Also Guy Bourdin, Glenn Luchford, Juergen Teller, Cassette Playa and Santagold inspire me with their fantastic work.
I have many style icons, but Audrey Heburn and Kate Moss are important ones (and for the men..Gene Kelly and Pete Doherty)

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Wayta Patmo (23) is a fashion stylist who lives in The Hague, Holland. She studies Lifestyle & Design in Rotterdam. I predict a great future in fashion and as a soulsinger (yes!).

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Bon Goût: Upendo Taylor

Upendo Taylor aka Tha Black Krayon is an artist extraordinaire. Always on point with his fits and as laid back as a LA-bred artist can get.

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1. How important is style/appearance to you?
For me its not all that important, because I got style with out trying. But cleanliness is key, if ya hygiene is good. Ya teeth and breath is fresh and clean, that’s all that matters.

2. How would you describe your style?
My style is a of west coast swap meet ghetto life , mixed with New York contemporary street.

3. What’s your favourite item?
My studio art bag.

4. What’s your favourite cosmetic product?
I don’t use no damm cosmetics, dats some chick shit.

5. How would you describe your ideal partner ?
She has to be firm, patient, loving and open. With a nice body and smells good, im pretty shallow when it comes to girls.

6. Does she have to be stylish?
Yea I think anybody that wants to keep up with me should have a smidgen of style. Nothing over the top.

7. Who is a style inspiration to you? And why?
I don’t really look to anybody for style inspiration. Style is something that comes from within. Ill try wut ever works for me.

8. Besides your own clothes what other brands do you like?
RL Rugby, Nike, Adidas … I don’t know its really LJ All Day!

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Upendo Taylor is one half of Leroy Jenkins Ltd, the fashion brand that ignores the hype, often copied, but never duplicated. (The floral patterned hoodies and fitted caps? Now you know where they originate from) He’s also art director for Grammy nominated artist Raphael Saadiq. He eats krayons for breakfast, lunch, dinner and often dreams of them too. Upendo lives in Brookyn, NY.

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