In Awe Of - Maral Uysal
GENETIC MAKE-UP Half Turkish, half German.
FUN FACT From between the ages of maybe 4 till 11, I was the biggest tom boy. I used to pretend to be a boy and wear a Pokémon shirt and knee length khaki pants everywhere.
WHO ARE YOUR TOP 3 FASHION INFLUENCES
It changes all the time, I can't really say I have a favourite! Instagram is always influencing me, I guess that would mean a fair few people. Right now on instagram, at the top of my head, @vintagefashion, @annalisemclachlan and the @vergegirlinspo pages have been posting some pretty cool stuff.
Other than Instagram, I am always searching and being inspired by Pintrest. If I am into a certain style, I will spend hours on Pinterest, and soon become obsessed.
WHAT STIMULATES YOUR INTEREST IN FASHION, IN OTHER WORDS, WHAT MAKES YOU WAKE UP IN THE MORNING AND CHOOSE A ROCKING OUTFIT
I just find it exciting! I think I like the creativity of it. Also, whenever I have an outfit on that I like, I feel more confident.
Otherwise, I just dress for comfort, and wear mens clothes. Actually, the mens clothes thing is a very regular occurrence.
SO, YOU’RE CURRENTLY STUDYING FASHION… WERE YOU ALWAYS INTERESTED IN FASHION FROM A YOUNG AGE AND WHAT DO YOU ASPIRE TO DO IN THIS INDUSTRY?
Yeah, kind of. After my stage of dressing like, and wanting to be a boy. I loved dressing up and always made my mum take photo's of me. I used to be obsessed with this outfit – a gross denim skirt and tie die shirt with beaded tassels haha. I think that was the only thing I wore for two years straight.
I'm actually not sure yet what I want to exactly do in this industry. I love designing and styling, but I want to find out all the different things I can do with my degree, and see what happens.
HOW DO YOUR VISITS TO TURKEY SWAY YOUR STYLE AND USE OF PATTERN?
My favourite traditional dress is from Indian and Turkish culture. Mostly, both of their very ethnic patterns and beautiful fabrics, as well as jewellery and little accessories. Turkey is also one of the biggest denim producing countries in the world, and because denim is one of my favourite things, I always bring back a denim piece from Turkey too.
These two cultures are also my biggest inspiration when I design. Not only the fashion and style, but the architecture and the lifestyle. Turkish tile's are always going to be my favourite patterns. They are so historical and ridiculously beautiful, it's hard not to.
WHEN YOU WERE IN NEW YORK, WAS THERE A SPECIFIC TREND IN FASHION THAT EXCITED YOU?
At the specific point of time, and mostly in Australia before I left, I was really into "western", which may have reflected into my style a little bit. But, other than that, I've always been obsessed with patterned jackets and leather boots, and I think that is definitely evident in my outfits.
As well as that more earthy style, I had a few 90’s kid moments maybe haha. With the double denim and vintage Reebok windbreaker.
…AND WHAT STYLES/TRENDS DIFFERED TO AUSTRALIA?
I think it was pretty similar, I honestly just chucked in my winter clothes and decided what to wear in the morning.
IF YOU HAD TO WEAR ONE OUTFIT FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Denim. Maybe my light denim overalls. Oh and leather ankle boots.
WHAT IS A STYLE CHOICE THAT YOU HAVE SEEN SOMEONE ELSE WEAR AND THOUGHT, “DAMN, THEY REALLY PULL THAT OFF”, BUT DIDN’T THINK YOU COULD?
All I can think of is Annalise Mclachlan's crazy festival outfits that are extremely over the top but I love them so so much. I would probably wear them though, maybe. I’d cop the hate.
NOW FOR THE BIG, ANNOYING PIMPLE; HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE? I SEE YOU ROCK MANY: HIPPIE BOHO LOVIN, THE 90s CHICK, BLACK ON BLACK AND SOPHISICATO… EXPLAIN.
Hahahah. I honestly have no idea! I just wear what I like – that’s probably why you didn’t just mention one particular style that I “rock”.
When I design, my style is very connected to culture and nature though. It’s very organic.
Check out more from Maral on her Instagram here.