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Style Profile 002: Kirstyn König
For our Style Profile series, we will be talking to people who inspire us through their personal outlook on fashion and lifestyle. We will be speaking to creative individuals in all areas of fashion, art and lifestyle, to share ideas and to discuss what is important in terms of style and design.
For our second Style Profile we have spoken to Kirstyn König, a contemporary dancer who lives and works in Canada.
Where are you from and what do you do?
I’m Canadian and have been living on the West Coast, in Vancouver, for about 8 years. By passion and profession, I'm a contemporary dancer and aerialist (tissu, lyra etc.), think Cirque du Soleil. I am ballet trained from a very young age, but have dabbled in many other styles and I have spent a large portion of my time in Vancouver performing on TV/Films.
How would you describe your personal style?
Due to the nature of my job, I spend a lot of time in workout gear and I like to find every excuse I can to put on “real" clothes, even if it’s just a quick jaunt to the grocery store (silly, I know). Also, I live in a loft with very minimal storage or closet space, so my wardrobe has become a curated selection of only the most versatile, classic or invested in pieces. I strive to keep both my home and wardrobe minimal and timeless, and am drawn to clean architectural pieces, with a touch of whimsy every so often.
What are your wardrobe staples?
denim! I am always on the hunt for the perfect fit or wash, whether it be new or vintage. Sneakers are also an essential in my wardrobe, as I am always on the go and am rarely sitting down. Lastly, a great handbag that I can wear for years to come - I am a sucker for shoulder bags, ones that can also be worn crossbody, and they are almost
black. Shoes and handbags are where I like to splurge a little more on.
What clothing colours are you enjoying wearing at the moment?
I am always drawn to neutrals and have been loving slightly off shades mixed together (ecru, bone, oatmeal, tostado), it feels particularly fresh for summer. Now, despite my love for neutrals, I have also been loving blush, bubble gum pink and Klein blue.
What is your favourite piece in your collection?
That is a tough one but, I would have to say my Chanel quilted flap bag. I saved forever
and bought it for myself for my 19th Birthday (which was quite some time ago, haha). It is by far the best investment (wardrobe-wise) I have ever made and I wear it with
evening wear to sneakers and joggers. I guess that is likely where my black bag obsession came from!
How do you feel about trends?
Ethically, I try to avoid fast (disposable) fashion and therefore don’t end up wearing a lot of the big trending items out each season. However, there are certainly pieces that were initially trendy (glove shoes, Stan Smiths etc.), that stuck for enough seasons to convince me of their staying power. Colours are often seasonally trendy and I enjoy playing with accents of those, as well as accessories that I am not investing largely in (e.g. neck scarves, babouches).
Where do you look for style inspiration?
Social media is a huge source of inspiration for me, not only for fashion but art, design and architecture. I also love to travel, and exploring new cities/cultures is a major influence.
Who are your favourite designers or brands?
If I were independently wealthy, I’d probably like to be dressed in head-to-toe Celine or The Row. Haha, but really there are some amazing designers out there and ones I have been particularly crazy for are, Maryam Nassir Zadeh (which I hear you will be carrying very soon!
Pho: Yes, we will have MNZ later this year
), Charlie May, Margaret Howell, Rachel Comey and a design duo based out of Toronto, Horses Atelier. You’ll see regular rotation of Comme des Garçons Play tees in my wardrobe, and I am in love with artist Camilla Engstrom’s hand embroidered tees, with her signature Husa character on them.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I love art galleries and museums or live performance art - it’s nice to be on the other side, in the audience, once in awhile! I also love the cinema, though I'm not crazy for big blockbusters and am more likely to be watching French/Italian foreign films. And when the weather allows, you’ll find me at the beach!
What are your favourite Instagram accounts?
I really struggled to narrow this one down, as there are so many talented people with the most amazing accounts. But here are some of my favourites: @_chicadeoro @brittanybathgate
@jessifredrick @rosaliapark @c__l__o @tingshuen @tibods @courtmoly and @tokyo_to.
We asked Kirstyn to put together a Pho. London wish list of her favourite pieces, which you can browse and shop
We want to say a huge thank you to Kirstyn for being a part of our Style Profile series.
For more inspiring images from Kirstyn, visit her Instagram
All images have been kindly provided by Kirstyn.
Style Profile 002: Kirstyn König
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