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It's an internet thing is a series with a person who is cool on the internet, wearing brands and trends that are cool on the internet, designed by Senior Editor Kristen Nichols.
Orion Carloto has two books with her, coveted partnerships with brands like Cartier and Louis Vuitton, a cabinet full of Marine Serre and vintage Prada, and can Coffee-stained teacups look kind of chic. In her work as a writer, poet, photographer, and content creator, it's difficult to categorize exactly what Carloto has worked out for herself, but there is no way to deny her mastery of artful storytelling.
She realized her impulse to storytelling when she sat down to see this McQueen Documentary film – a moment that Carloto describes as eye-opening. "For him, it wasn't just about fashion. It was about art and poetry and about making a story out of your pieces," she explained to Alexander McQueen in the film. "And I find in a way that I try to do the same with poetry in my work and also with fashion and create images for people. It's not just about a beautiful piece that I wear, but a story that I create. "
With a volume of poetry River, published in 2017, and a new book, Film for herReleased this week, she uses expert storytelling again, and we spoke to her to find out more. Ahead of us, Carloto talks about the inspiration behind her new book, what people ask when they slip into their DMs, and her inside secret of finding the best vintage fashion on the internet.
I would love to hear about your exciting new book start. Can you tell us about it Film for her and what inspired the project?
Film for her started out as an intimate solo project for me. I never really got into it and thought it was something tangible like a book. But when I was about 19 years old I took a movie camera and always loved the magical beauty that came with it, in the sense that everything felt sacred, everything I would shoot because I really only had one chance to be it to do right.
I found myself using these types of companies to capture moments in my life that were very personal to me and felt so intimate. But also just the whole base of it are just the everyday moments in my life that felt like any other passing moment at the time I took the photos. When I got my film back, I would look at the photos and think, "Why did I take this random photo?" and kind of sat with it and realized that I was taking these moments for a reason. It really was to reflect and appreciate the smaller moments in life that we go through. This is just some kind of space for me to reflect on those momentary moments in my life that I wanted to remember in the midst of growing up.
You have published River How is this an evolution of what you've already written?
In the three years since my last book, I have definitely matured a lot, both personally and in my writing. When I wrote, it always felt like it had to come to me and I couldn't get to it. Of course I took the years off to gain experience of who I am as a person. I learn new things, learn old habits, and also take the time to really focus on the beauty and history of poetry and storytelling and read other writers that I admire. And just gaining a kind of sensitivity for life and this love of life that I didn't really have before. I've always been so focused on taking a feeling and running with it, taking an emotion and running with it, and this is just an accumulation of three years of everything I felt and everything I learned.
While it looks like I'm giving this book to people who have all these secrets and ways of life – when it certainly doesn't – it definitely scratches the surface of how comfortable it is for me to reveal parts of my life to other people and share those more intimate moments with others.
Do you have other projects in mind that you will be working on next?
As I said, my love for film just started out as a very innocent hobby – I would never call myself a photographer. But it opened up this world for me to appreciate it much more, especially because I'm surrounded by such incredible creatives in my workspace. It definitely started the idea of taking this seriously – I want to take photography more seriously and really teach myself more than just pointing a camera at something.
With my own photography I photograph more subjects than concentrating on my own life. It was great to be in front of the camera for so many years and even though I love it, I found that love and admiration for being behind the camera and creating things, not just for myself, but other people, other brands, and from other people and also document this.
What about fashion?
I've stepped into the fashion world in ways over the past three years that I really wasn't expecting. I've worked with these brands. And even when we talked to you, we were together at Fashion Week in Milan. Hello? That's crazy. I would never imagine this world for myself. I follow other people I admire doing so it was so heartwarming to have that little foot in the door and it still doesn't feel real. I just think there are so many things about fashion that I want to develop myself with.
I would love to learn more about the contents of your Instagram and how you got started with it.
I think this love for aesthetics grew very early on. I mean, I say this all the time. It's so goofy, but as a Virgo there is a perfectionist side of me that is both a blessing and a curse, but goes hand in hand with growing up in the Tumblr age. As a teenager, I found myself gazing into things that I found aesthetically pleasing and not really caring about what other people thought were their tastes and really loved them. Especially as a teenager who grew up in a city where my love for art, fashion and design wasn't around me at all. So it was this little mini world that I created for myself that I put these photos together that felt like this mood board for a life I really wanted to live.
The older I got and the more I started teaching myself and really broadening those interests, reading more about them and doing more research on the things I found beautiful, the better I was able to incorporate and create that into my life too Things. Instead of making mood boards for other people, I just became my own mood board in terms of things that interest me and that I like.
Speaking of Instagram: what do people write you when they slip into your DMs?
Obviously it's easy to get the DMs like, "Where did you get that from?" or "Where did you find that?" But I have always been fortunate to have the people who turn to me, who also write and want to promote this career, to my extent of messages. So many of my DM readers asked me, "How did you get into writing?" Or even smaller things like "What's your writing process?" or "How do you get there?" And although it's very personal and I think everyone has a different way of doing their own art, I think it's wonderful to have these conversations and important to have these conversations. The questions that really have to do with young writers make me really happy because I was there once and asked the same questions, but I had no one to ask those questions.
Personally, I very often get DMs from my job in fashion. I think with careers in fashion or writing, the chart is so obscure that people are interested in figuring out how to get into these spaces – and social media opens up those lines of communication.
We didn't really have that because the internet is still pretty new. Growing up, it was just kind of trial and error – what works and what doesn't. It was an interesting endeavor not to have anyone answer these questions and also to be some kind of test dummy for everything, but I am very, very grateful that the youngsters can now find people online that they are in some way close to Feel connected and ask these questions and get an answer or watch it really happen in front of you and unfold before your eyes.
Let's dive into fashion. I would like to know how you describe your personal style and if there are any personal style heroes that you look at.
I don't think there is a specific person that I look to. I think early on and to this day I would get a lot of my fashion inspiration from many of the films that I would watch. And again, mood boards are growing up on Tumblr. The direction of some brands is very inspiring. All of the Jil Sander archives you look at, or Maison Margiela – they've always killed it over the years. And it's always so much fun to look at their brand archive and see how they have grown over the years. For me especially, I think it's movies and brands and see how they have grown. Like I said, Jil Sander, Maison Margiela. Prada is killing it now and Givenchy's last collection almost killed me. It was crazy.
You mentioned that you get inspiration from movies. Are there certain movies or characters in movies that inspired you?
I recently saw a French film called Claire's knees. And the fashion in it was just … it was very classic. That's what I do with my pieces. I have a very minimal color wardrobe because I know this is the easiest. When I narrow it down to five solid colors, I know that whatever I have in my closet will all go together. But I love how you can make something as classic as a plain white t-shirt and pair of shorts that looks so special, the way you dress it and how you wear it.
Do you have a popular item in your closet?
I bought these Prada platforms last year and it was a bit unfortunate because when I first got them it was obviously very trendy. I just said, "I'm feeding a trend. I'll probably wear it for a season." And oh, I still carry these babies every day.
Are there any cool emerging brands on your radar right now?
It's very hard to say because I've tried buying second hand instead of buying outright, but Totême, and I think one of my equally favorite little brands – which I wrote about recently – is a lingerie brand called The Great Eros. You have pieces that you can actually wear in your everyday life and not just as lingerie. I've worn it all the time – like this sheer shirt that goes over a matching bra.
Do you have favorite places to find vintage as you mostly buy used pieces? I love a good inside secret.
Everyone sleeps on it, but ThredUp is an online thrift store, and they also stock a lot of designer pieces. The other day I brought in used Prada pants for about $ 60 and they're crazy. Of course, I tried my hand at Etsy and eBay, but I think the best purchases I've ever made were from both Depop and ThredUp. I think everyone is just assuming that it's basically just online goodwill. And while it really is, they have an amazing designer department. They wear The Row, Jil Sander, Margiela, Prada – every brand you could think of.
Photo: John Parvin
Stylist: Kristen Nichols