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Interview: Letisya Tapan

A discussion about arts, style and fashion.

If you were to describe your style in three words, which would you choose?

Unique, detail-oriented, ever-changing.

Most people say that style develops when you are younger. Did you have any style icons as a child?

I don’t believe in style icons. Of course there are people I admire but every day it can be someone different. I like grotesque, I like elegant, I like fashion forward, I like classic, I like the old lady on the street. I love individuals.

What pieces in your wardrobe hold the most sentimental value to you?

Dad’s oversized shirts, a little obvious maybe but my wedding dress, grey suede high-top Converse shoes that I have since freshman year of college

What are the things in your wardrobe you could never live without?

Leather pants, leopard something, strange shoes and fur

What is inspiring you to get dressed this winter?

Leather pants worn with leather over the knee boots that gives me infinite legs

What do you think about trends? Do you change any part of your wardrobe accordingly?

Well I like fast fashion as much as high fashion. It is a matter of budget but for now let’s say I buy “trendy” clothes from fast fashion stores and everlasting pieces from high end.

What pleases you the most in the process of getting dressed?

Having the options of becoming whomever you like.

What tunes get you on the dance floor these days?

70’s funk tunes always get me on the dance floor.

If you had the chance to conduct an interview with anyone, who would you go for?

I would like to meet up with Jean Cocteau and play “exquisite corpse”.

Do you go by any motto in life? If so, what is it?

I love mottos but I can not stick to one.  What I constantly repeat to myself is to be grateful, being grateful keeps me going even at worst times.

Do you have a dream vacation route?

Always! Right now I am craving to go back to Japan relaxing in an onsen and then getting lost in the maze of Tokyo.

Where would we find you on a regular Friday night in İstanbul?

At Mom’s having gastro-healthy food. 

How would you complete a sentence that starts with “art”?

Art is ubiquitous.

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Are there any new-generation artists you follow nowadays?

Well my husband is one of them, needless to say more.

How has your taste in art changed throughout the years?

I used to be less risky because I didn’t know how to handle outside reactions. Now I don’t really care what anyone else thinks which affects my style. I started loving more and more constructed pieces. I find peace in geometry.

How would you define luxury in your life?

Luxury is a state of mind. It is what you make of valuables as much as small little trinkets.

If you could associate an piece of clothing from your wardrobe with luxuryshoppers which piece would you choose?

Green Leather Margiela open back dress. I’ ve had it for years and being able to wear an item every year is the true luxury.

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