Editorial – Black Chalk Magazine @BlackChalkMagazine
Photography – Tyson Lee Smyer @tysonleephoto
Fashion/Styling – Victor Wilde, Bohemian Society
Written – Justin Howard @jthnomad
Model – Claire Sparks
Hair/Make-Up – Jaletta Kalman
“Futuriste is what came about naturally; which is how I like to work. An organic artistic process. Futuriste is a mix of organic and inorganic form, texture, color, and lighting.”
“Its a big experiment in improvisation. A challenge. In the end you wind up with something very fresh because it was literally just made out of thin air. Such a great feeling of accomplishment afterwards like, “Yeah, wow, we just did that.”
~ Victor Wilde, The Bohemian Society
Justin Howard – You created the vision of ‘Futuriste’ – what’s the story
Victor Wilde – Claire, the model, found me on Instagram and we met and got to know each other. She is a fascinating character and I constantly tease her about being a robot. She suggested we do a shoot together and I agreed. Futuriste is what came about naturally; which is how I like to work. An organic artistic process. Futuriste is a mix of organic and inorganic form, texture, color, and lighting.
Justin Howard – What’s your philosophy about the ART of fashion?
Victor Wilde – I consider myself an artist first and take Fashion as well as any artistic endeavor through an artist perspective. My first love was painting, then film, then fashion, but I have always had a strong individual sense of style. To me Art and Fashion are the same thing.
Justin Howard – How do you prepare for a fashion shoot or show?
Victor Wilde – I was in Berlin preparing for a shoot recently. The photographers flew in from Kiev, and we had never met before. I didn’t bring much Bohemian Society clothing with me at all, so I went to the Turkish market and the local army surplus store and bought materials and tools. I asked all my new friends here in town what were the best agencies and if they knew any good bookers or models.
I took my materials and create new pieces in Berlin over the next few days, got the models, plan our story with the photographers, and away we go. It’s all very up in the air until it all comes together and you just look at the image and go, “Yes!” Its a big experiment in improvisation. A challenge. In the end you wind up with something very fresh because it was literally just made out of thin air. Such a great feeling of accomplishment afterwards like, “Yeah, wow, we just did that.”
Justin Howard – Where do you get your inspiration?
Victor Wilde – I always say I find inspiration everywhere, from a crack in the sidewalk, to a cloud, to a piece of garbage no one else wants. There is beauty and inspiration everywhere. You just have to look.
Justin Howard – How do you select your models?
Victor Wilde – There must be attitude, a certain vibe. The Japanese say “funiki.” A certain je ne sais quoi. Being tall with sexy eyes also helps.
Justin Howard – How would you define the style your line?
Victor Wilde – Timeless.
Justin Howard – What was the first article of clothing you ever designed?
Victor Wilde – A suit for myself to wear in my band. It was thin black and white stripes which looked like a broken television. The buttons were large Swarovski crystals.
Justin Howard – Anything we should keep our eyes open for in the future?
Victor Wilde – I will always keep producing fashion and art. Always. An Opera I costumed titled “Collapse,” will open at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. I developed a jewelry line with a successful sculptor who lives in Santa Monica.
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