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.
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.
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)
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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