While Fashion Week has drawn a lot of basketball players to its front rows this season, we've only come across one ice skater--and a very fashionable one at that. The incomparable Johnny Weir was front row at Timo Weiland's inaugural runway show last night (which was awesome, by the way, review and pics to come) and took some time to chat with us as we waited for the show to start.
Johnny's gotten a lot of attention for his colorful and risk-taking style both on and off the ice. From an appearance on The Rachel Zoe Project, to a performance at last season's Elise Øverland show, to designing a range of dresses, Johnny is making his way through the fashion world with the same enthusiasm and energy he gives to his ice skating. See what he has to say about his attempts at color-blocking, his upcoming runway debut, and favorite designers, including Betsey Johnson, who is apparently making him a skating outfit. We can't wait to see it!
What are you wearing? Birkin bag, Chopard jewelry and the rest is Timo.
So, what do you like about Timo Weiland? I love them, especially for the men, they bring this amazing texture and pop of color for a guy and it’s really hard to do that and still make it masculine and edgy and interesting and Timo does, absolutely.
What's your approach to getting dressed every day? Well, this week somehow I’ve been trying to do color blocking and I don't know how good I am at it.
Who are some of your favorite designers? I really like Japanese and French designers. They’re my favorite, but I’m really excited with the young American designers, like the boys from Timo, like Chris Benz, because they have a very worldly style about them and I’m such a traveler and I’m performing in a different country every week, so when you come from Japan and you come back and it's just sort of like, wah wah. I want everything to be special and that's why I’m at Timo.
What other shows are you seeing this week? I’m walking for Indashio; Chris Benz is one of my closest friends; I’m going to him tomorrow. I’m going to Betsey Johnson tomorrow; she’s making me a costume for a skating show. I went to General Idea, which was fantastic. I’m trying to keep it pretty minimal as to what I’m doing this week 'cause fall/winter is my jam.
Why is fall/winter your jam? Well, I’m a winter athlete, so I’m used to the cold. I go to Russia five or six times a year. I need my furs.