Fashionisto Spotlight

FIT is one of those few campuses where students can wear something they designed yet anyone would think the piece is an impeccably tailored store-bought item. The immense talent flowing in and out of the classrooms is truly amazing, from the elegant evening wear gowns of CFDA student finalists to delicately handcrafted jewelry showcased in various glass boxes around the school. I caught this Fashionisto in a fantastic denim on denim look topped with a superbly self-designed and made vest.

Name: Daniel Silverstain

Major: Fashion Design

Year: Senior

CollegeFashionista: What are you wearing?

Daniel Silverstain: I’m wearing an army vest from my own label, Daniel.Silverstain, a vintage denim jacket from Israel, an H&M shirt and Uniqlo pants. The shoes are from AllSaints, the backpack is from Zara and sunglasses are from Opening Ceremony.

CF: How would you describe your personal sense of style? 

DS: I would describe my style as a very dynamic one. Usually it’s very color oriented or monochromatic. But my style changes every day, from preppy, to minimalist, to dark. The first question I ask myself before I dress up is what color I feel like today. I guess it’s all about my mood swing at the moment. When I feel very minimal, I will wear something monochromatic and clean. When I dont have the luxury of time, I usually wear black and sometimes mix it up and really go crazy with colors or patterns. It will always consist of several layers, and most importantly, I need to feel comfortable in it.

CF: How does your education in fashion design and its fundamental principles influence your style?

DS: Going to fashion school definitely influenced my personal style and my knowledge about the industry itself. I now know many brands and names I never heard about before. But it’s New York that’s influenced me the most. This city is such a mix of cultures and individuals that it’s impossible not to be inspired and influenced by the mass variety. Overall, I’m much more daring than I used to be. But on the other hand, as I grow up, I feel my wardrobe getting more simplified but with more unique details.

CF: What’s your aesthetic when it comes to fashion design and garment construction? 

DS:  It’s important for me to be open for every detail. I do relate more to clean cuts, interesting use of material and minimalism. Some brands I constantly follow are Jil Sander, Chloé, Celine, Balenciaga, Calvin Klein, Damir Doma, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Kenzo, Givenchy and Prada.

CF: What are your goals as you move closer to graduating this year?

DS: For the last year and a half, I was working intensely on building my own label. I have collaborated with on creating my first capsule collection for spring/summer ’13, which will be available online this May. At the same time, I would love to keep presenting new collections every season, collaborate with more creative people and I believe everything will fall in the right place at the right moment.

How To: Get this Fashionisto’s simple but striking look by pairing a utilitarian vest with denim on denim. Finish your look with classic details like clubmaster sunglasses and a cool pair of boots.


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