Monday, February 28, 2011

Interview with Laura Whiston

Laura Whiston, of Whisty Blogs Dublin Fashion, is one of my favourite fashion bloggers. A vixen of vintage and a mistress of charity chic, she combines fearless style with rascal attitude. Naturally I wanted to ask the lady herself a few questions about her views of all things fashion and blogging.

How did you get into blogging?
It was a natural move really. I was working as a fashion writer in a monthly magazine and I realised that there was a lot of things that I wasn’t able to include in the mag pages. Things that maybe didn’t suit the readership or were just too alternative to feature in such a mainstream publication.

What qualities do you think a person needs to be a fashion journalist?
Dedication, determination, an all encompassing passion to do the job and a thick skin helps as well. I will add however, that when it comes to getting your foot in the door, luck comes before writing-talent in very many cases.

How would you rate fashion in Ireland?
I would say that at first it can seem very safe and mainstream; a lot of very talented designers feel the need to move abroad, especially as they are starting out. If you take the time and make an effort, however, you will find fashion and style that is fresh and exciting as well as being typically Irish. Ireland has a lot to offer those that are more open minded about fashion, you just have to go the extra distance to find it.

If you could steal someone’s wardrobe, who would it be?
Jimi Hendrix. No doubt.

Which item in your wardrobe best reflects your personality?
Mood dependant, but anything in there that is individual with a good story to tell. (There are a few pieces that answer that description, I can assure you).

What's been your most outrageous stage outfit so far?
(Does this mean blog outfit or outfit in general, neither of which are ever particularly outrageous!?) One of my favourite style posts was when I wore an Edwardian-style coat and diamonds with hot pants and ‘bondage’ tights. The shots came out really well and it’s really good fun mixing up different era’s, moods and styles.

What advice would you give your 18 year old self?
Good lord, what advise wouldn’t I!?! When I was 18 I wasn’t ever afraid of wearing something different to my peers. (As my school alumni photograph will attest to, and much to the unfathomed amusement of my Head Teacher). I would advise myself to keep that attitude and try hard not to toe the line when it comes to what I wear. I would say to myself, remember to keep things ‘now’ but always ensure that you keep your personal style integral to the overall look.

Yours Stylishly,
Laura Whiston, (Whisty)

1 comment:

  1. great interview! I do love her blog (i discovered it via reading it in Stellar magazine, of which I bought when I was in Belfast the other year) and is one of my fave blogs out there! Heads up to Whisty! :)