FOR THE HEADING "WARDROBE" we photograph beautifully, distinctively or oddly dressed people wearing their favorite things and ask them to tell stories related to them. This week our heroine is the designer Nata Kukina.
Interview: Dasha Knyazeva
Photos: Alena Ermishina
I think a sense of style passed on to me from my mother - I always really liked the way she dressed. When I was little, we didn't have a lot of money, so my wardrobe was built on the principle of "one thing - one thing": one sneakers, one winter boots, one jacket, one jeans. It seems that this did not bother me much, because I was sure that it was stupid to get carried away with clothes. When I was nine, I cut my hair short and only wear jeans and baggy T-shirts from the boys' department. Interest in fashion returned when in the fifth grade I went to the gymnasium, where I was not bullied and I could freely express myself. Even then, I was very attached to things. For example, I had a "arafat" (they were then at the height of fashion) in a cage, and I wore it every day for a year.
It seems that my relationship with things is still developing according to a similar principle: for example, I can buy the same sneakers or the same thing in different colors five times in a row. It seems to me that my complexes about my own body are also to blame. If I find something that I like on myself, then I will hold on to this thing for a very long time. At the same time, clothes greatly affect my mood. When I'm sad, dressing up in colored clothes helps me a lot to cheer up, and if I go to some place where I feel out of place, a cool outfit gives me confidence.
For the past few years, I have tried not to buy new clothes. Almost all of the things I wear on a regular basis are secondhand. I love bright, unusual models, and it is difficult to find such in ordinary stores without spending a million. When I first started shopping in second-hand shops, I had prejudices about some of the things - shoes, underwear - but now I buy everything there. The main thing is to treat it well before wearing.
Second-hand shirt, Cross skirt,t lace, Dr. Martens
I bought a shirt in the St. Petersburg second-hand "Christ's Teeth". It was the first thing I found there, and now not a single trip of mine is complete without a visit to them. I send all my friends and acquaintances there, because the guys upload all the things to VK. You can always find something interesting with them, but you need to act quickly: the coolest things are sorted out in minutes after publication.
The skirt was yellow. I bought it from a girl over the Internet and fell in love. By some miracle, she had another one exactly the same, so I took the second one too, and repainted this one.
Vintage loafers Dr. She bought Martens in Berlin from a man who can navigate with incredible ease the thousands of pairs of shoes that occupy the walls of his store. I was not going to buy anything, but he told me so charismatically that I felt ashamed to leave empty-handed.
Fred Perry T-shirt, vintage sundress, Dr. Martens
I managed to dig up an ordinary basic FP T-shirt for a penny at Lesnaya in Kiev - this is another favorite place for second-hand shopping along with Udelka. This is a huge collapse where you can find things at prices from a couple of hryvnias. However, to stumble upon something worthwhile, you have to spend more than one hour.
I bought a sundress at a vintage market - most of all it resembles a barista's apron from Starbucks. It is free and does not restrict movement, and it also has pockets, which is an absolute plus of any wardrobe item.
Bag - at from a friend
Monki mesh dress, second-hand dress, bag and glasses - at from a friend, sandals
Pink is the favorite color of recent years. I usually go through phases of obsession with different colors, but this one has lingered the longest so far. I feel like a huge pink marshmallow in this outfit. I really like that you can dress up without sexualizing your image.Once I went to the polls in this form, and it seems that it made an ambiguous impression on the teachers of the district school, which had a polling station.
I saw the glasses on a street stand in New York - they cost $ 10, but I had no money with me, so my friend gave them to me ahead of time for my birthday. When I got home, I painted them with nail polish. And then I saw in the "Wardrobe" with Sveta Komrad that she has the same, only different colors.
Cultrab x Pussy Riot Tee, Rifle Jeans, Wrangler Belt, Nike Sneakers
I really love these vintage jeans, even though they are a couple of sizes larger than me. The belt came from my mother.
I dreamed for a long time about a T-shirt "P *** a", and then asked for it as a birthday present, although I don't really like to do that. The values of the guys from "Kultrab" are close to me, and I consider it important to support small brands - especially if they have a noble goal behind them. For me, such a thing is a social marker. Who knows and will smile - just like his own, who turns up his nose - most likely, not a person close to me. And if someone asks what this print means, then she also helps to establish a dialogue. Describe how feminists use the word they use to insult women. Everything as Judith Butler bequeathed.
Scarves by Cestainsi Graphic Design Studio, Tommy Cash Merch
Both of these scarves are merch to me. One of them is a real merch of the Estonian rapper Tommy Cash, the other is just a K9 Hunting Season thing of the French graphic design studio Cestainsi, it depicts a pack of hounds. We can say that this is a fan scarf of the club of lovers of evil typography.
Topshop top, Trinket pants, door bag, Castle Rock chain, Dr. Martens
I picked up the bag at the entrance: in our house there was a tradition of a neighbor's mini-swap - sometimes residents take out books, interior items, clothes and even shoes. This bag has a stupid print on one side that I just can't get rid of, so I wear it with an exceptionally clean side out.
Vintage Reebok top, vintage jacket, trousers with "Udels", DRYG bag, Dr. Martens, Heart of Moscow badge
This bow is another way to look more smart. Sometimes I wear sneakers with these pants and a sweater and take the same color to really look like a pink version of the Green Lady of Brooklyn.
I am an ardent fan of Heart of Moscow badges, I have been collecting them for several years. I have almost everything from the series with avant-garde artists and painters, as well as a few from other series. My favorite - with a fragment of the painting by Ilya Chashnik. She gave the same one to her tattooist Stas when I made his first tattoo, because we agreed on the love of Suprematism.
Mango glasses, Comme des Garçons Incense Avignon perfume, Loomy Sunday brooch
With this perfume I will always associate raw autumn Berlin and a difficult period in my life. Every time I spray them on myself, goosebumps run through my skin. The surrounding people feel either the scent of incense and the harsh Romanesque cathedral, as the manufacturer implied, or the smell of bath brooms.
Second-hand top, Wrangler Hero jeans, chain from the market, Nike sneakers
Top is one of many things that I have altered for myself. Due to the fact that I had to do it on my hands, the seam always diverges.
Jeans - almost my first pants with a high rise. I am complex about my belly - this is the only part of my body that still makes me angry. Therefore, buying such pants, and even with such a bright print, was a serious decision. Thank God, there are caring saleswomen at Udelka who treat any customer like their own daughter: if not for their encouragement, I would never have dared.
Shorts and a shirt - second-hand, TUSA top, MariMir bag - at
This bow is the essence of my style. I feel as comfortable as possible in it. Leopard shirt from "Capital Wardrobe" - top from pajamas. I always look into the underwear and homewear section, there are some interesting things in it. The second-hand shorts at Waterlooplein in Amsterdam are actually men's swim trunks that cannot be ironed at all, so they always look wrinkled. Pink top - Natasha's friends.Now she does things in a completely different style, but I keep this one as a memory and I really hope that someday it will become a collectible rarity.
Monki earrings, Black.form ring
and Monolama, March 8th badge
Vintage skirt, shirt
second-hand shoes, Dr. Martens
The skirt is one of my most interesting finds, and I grabbed it from a vintage shop in New York for half the price. To it are hand-sewn ribbons with the names of the historic French regions and the word "Liberté". I tried to find out the history of this thing, but I was not told anything other than that it was found during the sale of someone's house. It looks like it could have been a costume for a school play.
COS blouse, Vernon Wear x Le trousers, Dr. Martens
I bought a blouse in New York and on the very first evening I went to a theater festival in it. It was very hot that summer, I had a candy bar in my pocket, and it naturally melted. I watched the entire second act, wiping the stain with baby wipes.
Trousers from the collaboration of two excellent St. Petersburg brands, which I have been eyeing for a long time. When they released this model of trousers, and even made of golden-mustard corduroy, I realized that you should not pass by. I like that the classic cut is made of unusual fabric - such trousers would have worn Wes Anderson.