STEPPING INTO MIRANDA STARCEVIC'S COLORFUL WONDERLAND
Sometimes the world tries to chew you up and spit you out but there's absolutely no way you'll let that happen — what's a girl to do? The obvious solution requires a dash of fun, a whole lot of color and a pinch of good ole' L O L'ing. Multihyphenate creative Miranda Starcevic is a New York based stylist, designer and blogger who's got the fun-as-fuck look on lock as a solution to the sometimes (oftentimes) dreary and depressing world around us. With her candy colored aesthetic and no hold approach to the more-is-more, maximalist life, Miranda's created her own private refuge in this oh so crazy world.
It's Miranda's world, but lucky for us, we're still living in it. Whether she's styling herself, sewing a neon green fur jacket, or generally making the world a more colorful place, Miranda invites us into her flashy galaxy with a smile and a promise of something transcendent. FASHION IS DYING talked to the millennial queen of color about muses, #goals and why fast fashion needs to die.
WELCOME TO MIRANDA'S FANTASY
FASHION IS DYING: What’s the visual story you want to tell with your designs? With your styling?
Miranda Starcevic: I've always thought life was too short to wear boring clothes. That's probably my everyday moto when I wake up in the morning. We're surrounded by war, death, racism and everyday our planet is dying a little more. Color, for me, represents happiness and brings me joy. That's why my designs and my styling are colorful. I want to make people smile when they see it.
FID: Who are your muses?
MS: Oh man, my inspiration comes from literally anything. It can be musicians, painters, a wall in the street. I try not to limit myself. My favorite instagram at the moment is this spanish girl also called Miranda. She's definitely a huge inspiration. I've always been inspired by my grandmother, she had an amazing sense of style and never left the house looking not put together. I try to aim for that as well.
FID: Okay, I have to ask; NYC or Paris for fashion?
MS: I get bored really easily, especially when I was growing up in Paris. We say Paris is the capital of fashion, but people dress in black and follow trends, so you see a lot of repetition. Living in New York you see all kinds of people. I had a great childhood, that's probably where my love of bold color originated. Not to sound cliché, but my parents were not the typical Parisian family. They have a theater company, so I was around theater, music, dancing, and costumes my whole life — my whole family is in art. My parents always told me, “live your passion! If you want to be a dancer, be a dancer! If you want to wear whatever you want, we’ll support you!” So [the support] was kind of a shield [for] showing personality through my clothes.
FID: What’s your favorite thing you’ve ever designed?
MS: This neon green fur jacket with woven sleeves. It took me a while to perfect it and sewing fur is not the easiest thing to do. But the moment I finished it, I knew it was my favorite thing I had made.
FID: Is fashion dying?
MS: I think fast fashion has made real fashion die a little more everyday. We don't care about it anymore, we don't appreciate the clothes we have, how they were made, where they come from. A few months ago, I told myself I would not shop at big fast fashion companies (like Zara H&M, F21 etc...) It's actually been pretty easy not to go there anymore. I was forced to buy stuff there for a music video I was styling and shopping there after not being a store like that in months made me nauseous. All I wanted to do was leave!!!!
FID: What’s your favorite magazine? Designer? Stylist?
MS: I have many favorite designers, it can go from Jeremy Scott to John Galliano (OBSESSED WITH HIS WORK I CAN'T NOT), Mara Hoffman, Vivienne Westwood, Gucci, Ashish. It never ends. My favorite stylist is probably Carlyne Cerf De Dudzelle, I worked with her and Jeremy back in 2015 and it was the best experience of my life. She's such an inspiration but also a hard worker. I will always look up to her.
FID: What’s next?
MS: I've actually been a little stuck for the past few months and have not been motivated to do much. But that's slowly changing. It's important to know that not everyone is how they seem. Instagram has made that very difficult since everyone seems to be having the greatest life. I struggle a lot, I'm always very hard on myself and I want people to know that it's ok to admit you're having a hard time. I quit my job in fashion almost a year ago. I was not happy and wanted to focus on myself and travel. After doing that, looking for a new full time job ended up being very very difficult. So I decided to try and pursue my career in freelance styling. It's been hard, no one wants to pay you actual money but I'm learning a lot and figuring out what's good and what's not so good. My goal would be to style full time and be my own boss. Maybe it will happen, who knows? I'm always open for new opportunities so I will pretty much go anywhere. Keep an open mind, that's what I say!