a-MEWS-ing: back to black with Garrett Naccarato
Stylist Garrett Naccarato has been invited as the guest director of the next MEWS event by D.Y.D.H. Productions Oct. 18. His basic motifs: black & white, emblematic in the clothes by Montréal designer Pedrum Karimi and some coveted items which will be credited as “stylist’s own.” We talked to the twenty-three year-old Calgary transplant – who styled these photos with his KRUHX project before coming to Montréal in January – about fall trends, and that not so trendy question: why go into fashion?
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2B: What is fall/winter about this year?
Garrett Naccarato: Going back to basics. Monochromatic black, grey. Focusing more on the fit of a garment, and how something is structured. Very minimalist, clean, sleek lines.
2B: Designers you admire?
GN: Céline, Alexander Wang, Phillip Lim, The Row (Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s high-end line), Proenza-Schouler. Locally, I’m a fan of Denis Gagnon, By Thomas, who is starting to do menswear, and Martin Lim (ish). For menswear: Raf Simons, Jil Sander, Rad Hourani, Neil Barrett and Givenchy, Ricky Owens (ish), and I love my Zara!
2B: Were you always into fashion?
GN: I started off as a video gamer. I call myself a closet gamer. That made we want to go into graphic design. After I finished, that was when I was kind of experimenting with the way I was dressing. Recently I collaborated on editing and producing a video for Kim Ninkuru’s Popnography project, which was a lot of work!
2B: What do you like about MEWS?
GN: It’s really good to have a venue where you can showcase up-and-coming designers, especially when participating in Fashion Week is so expensive. It’s great exposure, and establishes a community. It’s cool to get to choose the models too, one of the guys I’m using will be more alternative-looking, with tattoos and stretched ears…
2B: As a stylist how can you change fashion habits?
GN: Quality over quantity! When you go shopping, you have to think about quality, and how often you’ll wear. I like to stick to one colour palette, because it’s less expensive. I love layering black, white and grey, because they all go together.
2B: What inspires you to want to be in an industry that can be so superficial and commercial?
GN: I believe that what you have to do what you love, and I love it. It’s a form of art, and I’m a very visual person. There are no rules or boundaries. I love it because you can TOUCH IT. I have a short attention span, so I love it because there’s always something new and it’s always changing. I feel it will help me grow as a person, and get a tougher skin.
MEWS by D.Y.D.H. Productions
Fashion show event featuring stylist Garrett Naccarato and a live performance by HEART STREETS
Thurs October 18, 7-10pm @ Royal Phoenix (5788 boul. St-Laurent)