Henrik Silivius outspoken stylist and fashion blogger from “where fashion is fashion is” shares his views on fashion and life.
Please describe your style and how it has evolved
My style is very personal and expressive. I think it’s very easy for the people around me to decipher my mood from what I’m wearing. I love colors, new or uncommon shapes of classic styles and I love to explore how far I can get away from normal menswear without looking too extravagant or girly. An outfit in my point of view is most successful when you match something very masculine and something very feminine, like a big pair of boots with diamond jewellery e. g. – a way to style for both men and women.
Over the years, I’ve tried to find my own sense of style. It has meant a lot of poor outfits including a lot of bad trends – like the 90’s ugly buffalos or the early 00’s neon explosion. Well, I’ve been a bit all over the places style wise, but now I think I’ve found myself and the style I like despite that I still love to explore.
Where does your interest in fashion derive from?
Actually I don’t know. No one in my family has ever worked with fashion and I haven’t attended any fashion schools or so, but I’ve always loved to draw the world around me, especially clothes, and still love it. Well, clothes are all around us. After my first drawing of clothes I’ve never stopped.
Have you seen any change in the way the fashion-industry represents and caters for people with disabilities?
I’m still just a child in this huge huge fashion world and I’ve just been attending the fashion week in Copenhagen for the last four years, so my answer has to be no, I haven’t yet seen any changes. That being said, however, I’ve always felt warmly welcomed!
Do you know of any designers that design wheelchair friendly clothing that at the same time is fashionable?
No. It’s a fact that people in wheelchairs are considered as having bad taste, or no taste, therefore the primary focus on such clothing would probably be functionality. At least I haven’t yet seen anything I would wear!
What do you believe is the reason for the mostly one dimensional models showcasing fashion?
I believe that the designers do have most of the say in this matter and I’m sorry to confess that I think they are choosing their models wisely. Because, fashion is about showing clothes, and it has to be shown in the best possible way. To be able to flip the feel for the clothes from basic functionality to an art form, the designers have to make the clothes unreachable, therefore choosing models with kind of inhuman proportions to be – in a way of expression – powerful, living hangers. Fashion’s main purpose is to give you that little extra in the weekdays.
Actually I’m bit tired of this never-ending discussion. Instead of bitchin’ about the size and weight of the models, I think people should look around themself and their environment, accept their own limitations, be creative and style up inspired by the catwalk!
What is the most common reaction you receive at fashion events?
As mentioned above, I’m always well received, but nothing extraordinary. Just as it should be. If I ever should be treated specially, I hope that it would be because of what I do and not how my body works. The seating at the shows is much better when you bring your own chair though – at least you have a seat!
Who are your role models?
In life, my mom and brother. Style wise, everybody. Or, not everybody, but it’s very easy for me to be inspired by nothing to everything. An atmosphere, noise and silence, people, architecture. Details in my everyday life.
What is the most common misconception you are faced with?
People who think I can’t talk. I can’t eat. I can’t party. I can’t have sex. I can’t understand. That I have no idea what I’m doing at the parade speaking with three meter tall drag queens. People who basically don’t think I’m a human being. But well, that’s not what bothers me the most. I’m more ashamed of how unknowing and prejudiced many people are.
What is your life motto?
Carpe Diem. I know that this is a worn out cliché – especially when tattooed on your body – but the person who first said this was a wise man! Due to my physical condition I have experienced and learned that you have to be present in every single second of your life to be able to get the most out of it.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
In Ryan Goslings arms. Well, not really, but I wouldn’t turn down such an offer. I see myself, in five years time, working with fashion in every possible way. Hopefully I will have my own brand, showing the world what I have to give. That I am a man with a passion. Most important, that I’m still surrounded by all my beloved ones and of course still stuffing delicious food down my throat.
Please share three unusual/interesting facts about yourself.
– I love butter. It makes my world go round.
– New Balance sneakers are the invention of the devil and people wearing them should cut off their feet. I don’t care how comfortable they might be.
– Lazy people piss me off. Go do something. Anything.
You come across as very confident. Have you always been this confident?
Well, almost. As all others, I’ve also had my share of teenage crises, but generally yes, I’ve always been very confident. I had a perfect childhood and one of the best types of support at home. Bullies have never targeted me and I have always felt that I’ve been a part of my surroundings. As I’ve never been able to kick some ass physically, I early on learned to do it verbally. And therefore I’ve always felt that I am equally important as everybody else which have given me this confidence.
What do you love most about yourself?
Haha, good one. I’m for sure extremely narcissistic and I love a lot of things about myself. Actually everything and especially my own reflection.
But I’m not the center of the universe. I’m just the center of my own. Because if you are not the center of your own universe, then who?
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