Why did you start your blog?
It was a way for me to connect with people. In real life, I don’t have any friends or contacts that share my interests in fashion. It was a way for me to connect with others and share my view of the world.
Tell us about your blog’s title, Glass Organelle.
In high school, that’s when I came up with it. I studied biology and was enrolled in molecular biology at Uni. I had a change of heart and switched degrees, but I was amazed by how in each cell we have a little machine that functions together. Each cell then functions together to produce an animal or human. I find that very fascinating. We are very fragile and delicate, and yet we also go out and are quite robust. I think if I named my blog now, I would name it something different because I no longer study biology, but the essence of the title and what it represents still resonates with me.
Now, you’re pursuing economics and law, which are both very pedantic and scholarly subjects. How did you come to love these two subjects?
I do enjoy economics a lot. I had an amazing economics teacher in school. He was very motivational. Economics analyzes things differently. I like the aspect of economics that looks at the world and how to incentivize people to do something. It helps explain why people do things. It’s a lot more rigorous than other social sciences too.
When did you first discover Rick Owens and that whole world?
It’s been a long journey ever since. A few years ago I discovered his Crust AW09 collection. I loved the stark, icy gray and black. It was a time when I was interested in a more extreme aesthetic. Rick Owens offered something extreme, yet different. It was much more refined.
What was your first purchase?
It was from the Crust collection. I bought a leather robot jacket and I’m still absolutely in love with it.
I know that you’ve curated your collection and closet quite a bit. How many jackets do you own today?
I don’t think I even want to count now. [Laughs] Collecting leather jackets is like my guilty pleasure. I’d say I have more than I could count on one hand, but I don’t know the exact amount. It never seems to be enough though.
Since you do believe in investing in clothing, what would you say your greatest frustration with fast fashion brands is?
I’ve moved away from fast fashion. I don’t consume it. I don’t even look at it. I’m aware of its existence and the problems it can cause, whether it is from an ecological or sustainable point of view, but I’m not frustrated by it. I understand why it exists and the market it serves. What frustrates me the most is that we haven’t developed a good way on the market side to address the problems it [fast fashion] may cause.
What are your favorite Rick Owens collection to date?
Definitely his Crust and Exploder collections. I haven’t yet acquired any [from the latter], but I love the big hoods and the volume. It’s so cool and relaxed, but also unique in the shape and structure.
You recently went to Japan, which is the homeland for designers like Yohji Yamamoto and other fashion echelons. What do you love most about the Japanese approach to fashion?
When I went to Japan and tried on the clothes, I saw them in a new light. Their approach is very thoughtful. Each element had been considered. In Australia I’ve never been into a store that sells those sort of clothing; I buy nearly all my clothes online. I appreciate the thoughtfulness of Japanese designers because they incorporate and deconstruct all these different elements in their clothes.
What was most surprising from your experience in Japan?
This was my first trip overseas since I was quite young. I was fascinated by the way the Japanese incorporated technology into everyday life. They’re small and very basic things, but to me it’s incredible how that makes life a little more pleasant.
And what was the most delicious meal you had there?
Ramen! [Laughs] Ever since I’ve returned, I’ve been craving a good bowl of ramen.
What are the most comfortable pair of shoes you own?
Besides my slippers, I’d have to say the most comfortable heels are my Rick boots. For flats, my Guidi boots that I wear literally every day.
What was your most spontaneous purchase?
Most of the time, my purchases are fairly thought out. I try not to buy anything that I won’t get much wear out of. I have a pair of Guidi asymmetric boots though [featured here]; they’re not the most practical for everyday wear, as they’re very heavy, but I’m glad I bought them.
Since you are still studying, how do your fellow peers react to your style? As you said earlier, most of your friends don’t share the same aesthetic as you.
As a teenager, I looked fairly extreme. I had piercings and a deathawk, so being looked is not a big deal. One reaction I enjoyed was last year when we received our tutor evaluation forms. One student wrote “This tutor can improve student learning by: ‘not wearing black all the time. It’s like a Tim Burton film.’” [Laughs] I haven’t gotten a cool comment like that since, but I’m rooting for one this semester.
Besides Rick, who are some other designers that you appreciate?
Ann Demeulemeester for her romantic view of the world. It’s a nice contrast to the clean vision of Rick Owens. I do have a softer side for her clothing and have acquired quite a lot of Ann pieces in my closet. Also, recently, I’ve bought more Paul Harden pieces. I discovered him through the internet, and while his designs aren’t the most innovative in my mind, they have a very strong historical grounding. I really appreciate his focus on material. I’ve been slowly collecting more of his pieces.
In your own words, how do you define beauty?
I don’t think you can define beauty generally. Each individual defines beauty differently. It’s a function of their knowledge, time and experience. I don’t think I could define it even if I tried.
What does the color black mean for you?
It’s such a neutral color to project from. As a teenager, black reflected the angst I had. Nowadays, it represents something more deep and thoughtful. It’s neutral in the sense that it allows the viewer to project their thoughts onto the clothes, rather than me projecting my feelings onto someone else.
What countries are on your travel bucket list?
I really want to go to China, because my dad is Chinese and I would love to see the culture and the food. I’d love to go to Kyoto; unfortunately we didn’t get to go while we were in Japan. I haven’t been to Europe and I would love to travel all around, particularly Germany and France.
Do you try to stay in touch with your Chinese heritage?
I recently started studying Mandarin and I do love going out for Chinese food. My dad is not necessarily traditional in that he has been in Australia since he was young. I think small things that my dad upheld from his Chinese heritage have rubbed off on me. It is difficult to articulate in words.
What about your favorite TV show?
I’m a huge fan of Seinfeld.
What about your ideal food day?
I am very particular about how I make my breakfast: oatmeal with banana, blueberries, and chia seeds. For lunch, I would eat Yumcha. If I weren’t lactose intolerant, for dinner I would have a huge cheese platter with red wine.
Tell us a bit about your music taste.
I loved and still enjoy electronic, new wave and industrial music as a teenager. I would still like to see Rammstein; I hear their live performances are amazing.
And do you have a least favorite exercise?
Running. I get really sore knees.
What’s your favorite form of exercise?
Every now and then, I like to take a nice stroll along the esplanade if I have the time. Otherwise, does eating count? [Laughs]