Hey guys! Here’s my lil interview from this month’s Pink Magazine in case you missed it! Scroll down to see me talking about my fashion peacocking, blogging, where I get inspiration and Mama Miuccia! Enjoy!
‘Part fashionista and part Prada fanatic, fashion blogger Daniel Azzopardi tells Anna Marie Galea what inspires him to push the boundaries of his own eclectic and fearless style ever further. He is aware his sartorial choices can make people smile, as well as brighten up the street.
Walking down Republic Street in Valletta at any time of day is something I’ve always found a tad daunting. One is greeted by the hustle and bustle characteristic of any main street in a capital city, accompanied by endless waves of grey, black and navy blue, a soluble sameness, capable of sucking the life out of a beautiful day quicker than a particularly eager Dementor.
It was on such a day that I met blogger Daniel Azzopardi, of Devil Wears Pra-duh fame, who not only brightened up the street with his friendly, open smile, but also made me move closer to get a better look at the glittering, faux emerald Anna Dello Russo necklace he was wearing.
Part fashionista and part Prada fanatic, Daniel tells us what inspires him to push the boundaries of his own style ever further and how following his heart and doing what fulfils him have led to contentment.
How would you describe your blog to someone who has never visited it?
My fashion blog is an online diary, blending my fashion and my personality together. I share what I like, what I wear and the places and events I go to with my readers, all with a touch of humour. A big part of what’s important to me is making my readers smile, whether it’s through my sartorial choices or with my tongue-in-cheek humour.
What motivated you to start your blog?
I wasn’t finding anything fulfilling to do at the time and felt like I had no creative outlet. Writing a blog makes you very vulnerable as everything that is written is open to the criticism of others; however, it was a risk I was willing to take and all I could think was that it was now or never. I had no idea where the journey was going to take me, but I’m extremely happy I went for it – I’ve had so many wonderful opportunities and have met so many great people along the way!
So what’s with the name of the blog?
To me, Miuccia Prada is the high priestess of fashion because she plays on the ugly and beautiful and manages to blur the lines between them. I find the way she turns the banal into art absolutely fascinating. What I also love about her is how influential she is in the art world: she is not only a fashion designer, but a patron of the arts and an intellectual. It was her Spring/Summer 2011 collection that completely blew my mind and set off so many blogs. Monkeys, baroque, stripes and crazy shoes. Need I say more?
How would you define your style?
Eclectic and fearless! To me, the most important thing about fashion is just having fun with it. When I was younger, I attended a Church school in Gozo and I really felt the uniform restricted my individuality. I usually mix things that aren’t meant to be mixed together and I don’t limit myself to one look or style – it’s all about creating something new and fresh. Needless to say, I am not a fan of the status quo. In my case, if I like something, I go for it regardless of the gender it’s aimed towards. Ultimately, I don’t feel there is any point in wearing clothes just for the sake of having something on and I’m proud to be one of the people who are not ashamed of breaking barriers. It’s liberating and it really makes me happy; more people should definitely give it a try!
Which are the factors – and people – that most inspire your style?
I could get inspiration from anywhere. However, I think that street style is where it’s at. Sometimes, it could be the quirkiness of a particular brooch on a blazer or an item of clothing that really brings out the individuality of the person. When it comes to the people who inspire me, I would have to go with bloggers Bryanboy and Anna Dello Russo. Bryanboy’s style is super eclectic and constantly evolving and Dello Russo’s southern Italian aesthetic greatly appeals to the maximalist in me.
How did it feel to win the blogger award at the first edition of the Style Awards in 2012?
To be honest, I felt like all the hard work had paid off. After all the times I had been criticised and put down for being myself, I not only felt vindicated, but I also felt that my blog could really go somewhere. That and a lot of waterworks; I am such a crier!
What advice would you give to people who want to start their own blog?
I believe blogs should be aspirational. With the way in which fashion is developing, anyone can have a page and become a blogger, so I think it’s important that one has his own point of view and is as original as possible. You should aim to do something that hasn’t been done before and you really need to be passionate about your content and stay true to yourself and your voice within the blog because that’s what really attracts readers at the end of the day.
What are your plans for the future?
With Malta Fashion Week done and dusted, I am now really looking forward to a couple of collaborations on the horizon and more crazy outfits. My ultimate goal is to represent Malta on the front lines of fashion overseas.’