While NYC is just getting their Fashion Week underway, we're making note of what's hot in Chicago fashion, too! Ms. Kirwin Patmon is one of Chicago's rising photographers, and a fashionista by trade. We were able to chat with her and find out more about what she's done and where she's headed. She is quite the stylist and has a great eye for wonderful photos. We love her sass and style. You will, too!
1. How did you get started in Fashion? What sparked your interest?
Well, I've always loved a good sale and had a flare for dramatic statement pieces. When I was younger I wore hand me downs like it was a full-time job. As I got older my style started incorporating the old with the new. People would compliment me on my unique style and how I could pull off anything. Now after college, I am focused on maturing my style but keeping that quirkiness in my wardrobe. Something that has helped me with this is my blog KirKirChanel. I write about life after college, staying fabulous on a broke girl's budget, and staying true to one's self and personal style.
2. Do you apply your interest in fashion in any other arts?
I am a photographer as well as a graphic designer. Photo shoots, choosing props, wandering around for a location, and of course the clothes are all things that make me happy. I love putting together trend reports and inspiration boards. I do a lot of D.I.Y. projects that can be worn such as rubber band jewelry and flower crowns.
I love the diversity in Chicago. We literally have every type of fashionista and fashionisto. (Is fashionisto a word?) My favorite style is the street fashion. I love the idea of mixing independent brands with corporate brands and even thrifty clothing. The way people dress themselves here is absolutely amazing. There is so much creativity and imagination when it comes to fashion in Chicago.
4. What do you feel the Chicago Fashion industry needs most? What do you plan to do to help achieve those needs?
The Chicago fashion industry needs more meet ups, creative collaborations and networking events that are free. As far as internships for just fashion design and fashion business, I would love to see fashion communications and more graphic arts opportunities. Whenever I meet another creative mind the first thing I think of is some type of awesome collaboration we could do and the brainstorming process begins. In an industry like fashion we must help each other and be genuine in order to be successful.
5. What's next for you?
I am in the process of developing better content for my blog and Instagram. I am setting up fashion shoots, shooting friends, and potential new friends. I am attempting to merge fashion, photography, and design.
6. What is your favorite fashion line?
Betsey Johnson all day long! Betsey Johnson is the type of gal that celebrates femininity and isn't afraid to stand out. She proves that getting older doesn't make you boring, trying new things is fun, and to never let the Negative Nancies get in your way. When I wear Betsey Johnson I feel fierce.
7. What inspires your photography?
A good composition. If my fancy camera isn't in my purse, I am usually found snapping pictures of neat things with my phone camera. Portraits are my favorite but shooting from the hip is a close second.
8. What do you like to shoot the most?
Candids, because they are honest and beautiful.
Thanks Kirwin! This lady has some exciting stuff coming up. Be sure to keep up with her on the web!
Twitter and Instagram: @Kirkirchanel