20, UNITED STATES, ASPIRING FASHION PHOTOGRAPHER
JOSEPH’S STYLE: I really pull many ideas from British fashion history, especially Mod Culture, I adore the veneration of lines such as Ben Sherman and Fred Perry. But overall, a very put-together, clean look is what I go for, and most importantly, a look that resonates with my city. I really react to the visuals and aesthetic of Detroit and try to wear outfits that reflect that.
INSPIRATION: Amazing designers like Tom Ford and Alexander McQueen have always inspired me to just push fashion and myself. In a more subdued manner, much of art history inspires me as well, such as the paintings of Otto Dix and Henry de-Louse Lautrec, in which the characters are always wearing beautiful clothing and are just sophisticated and put-together. Also, the work of photographer Nan Goldin contains some of the most unique and inspiring individuals I’ve seen.
FAVORITE FASHION MAGAZINE: Currently, I would have to say Interview magazine. They always have great discussions, and I have probably read the interview with Tom Ford (in an issue from last year) countless times. Other than that, some of my favorites are W magazine, Dazed and Confused, and VOGUE.
CURRENTLY: Currently I’m studying photography at an art school in Detroit. My dream has always been to be a fashion photographer and I’m pushing myself more and more everyday towards that. Other than that, now that school is out I’ve really been focusing on my other jobs, working retail at J.Crew and modeling. I’m really working to get signed with bigger modeling agencies right now. Anyways, I’m hoping some combination of all 3 of these focuses gets me out to Manhattan and into the real heart of the fashion scene.
IF YOU HAD TO ONE WEAR PRINT FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE… Polka dot print, hands down! I love polka dot on either black or navy, and I really think it’s fun to just add touches of the print to an outfit, such as a pocket square or a tie. It also plays off other patterns such as gingham very well. My next in line would definitely be floral.
THIS SEASON: The two trends I’m really pushing are very short inseam shorts and short sleeve button downs. I try to stay at 7” for shorts, I just think it looks so much classier and easier to dress up. Also, I’ve been stocking up on my s/s button downs! They have to be my favorite type of shirt as they are so versatile. They can be comfortably worn by themselves during the summer heat, but can be layered under a cardigan or a jacket at nighttime. Short sleeve floral button downs are the bomb.
SUMMER LOVIN: When Im not at work I’m either taking photos or hitting the beach! I love exploring my city with friends and taking photos of what we find. I’ve been trying to get out to Belle Isle in Detroit and soak up some sun, a great excuse to wear my short bathing suits and tank tops. Music wise, lately I’ve been blasting a lot of Grimes, Hot Chip, MSTRKRFT, Beach House, and Daft Punk. I’m a huge electronic music fan.