July 31, 2018

Nicole Walker #2

Stylist Nicole Walker in conversation with Tina Misaghi

Words Tina Misaghi

Photo Frida Vega Salomonsson

TM

If you were a music video, wich one would you be?

NW

A combination of Sade – The Sweetest Taboo and Molly Nilsson – 1995.

TM

So who are you?

NW

A rather strong, sometimes confused, sometimes very determined woman heading for her 30s! I have been longing to be almost 30 basically my whole life. Finally I’m almost here. This might be the year I stop lying about my age? I can also tell you that I have extremely flexible knees, I love art and red wine, dirty pastel colors and sex. I have a butt-crack shaped chin and, eyes shaped like an Asian.

TM

I want to talk to you about something – “Influencers”. What are your thoughts on influencers? What does it mean? Are you an influencer?

NW

Isn’t “influencer” just a new name for a blogger? Paying your bills with self exposure and showing off your life in different “tasteful” ways, it’s not really my thing. My occupation as a stylist today requires me to expose myself in a way, but it’s not the part I enjoy. For me, the people who truly influence you, are people that explore shit that is the opposite of good taste. I would say I’m an influencer in the way that I try to explore and break from what is seen as right and wrong, when it comes to fashion.

TM

Your job is to dress other people – what does that mean to you? Is it like art directing other people’s lives?

NW

After doing it for a couple of years, it’s strange how used I have become to dealing with dressing people. I mostly dress models, but they are people too. You easily sense when a model doesn’t like what you dress them in. But if they like what I dress them in they perform better in front of the camera. I enjoy telling people what to do, my “bossy” side comes to good use when I’m styling. However, when it comes to pleasing artists and clients, it’s always a struggle. Either they like my style, or they should find another stylist.

TM

”Youth” seems to be a term everyone is referring to in the industry lately. For example, Karl Lagerfeld only used celebrity-children in Chanel’s Métiers d’Art show this year. What does youth mean to you?

NW

That is so true. Every client I have worked with the last year has been asking for “youth culture”. I’m actually in a phase in my life where I’m not the youngest person in every social context I’m in. It’s been like that for a couple of years, me being youngest at the shoot. But now I’m heading for 30 and I’m so excited by the way, I have been longing to be a true grown up since I was 18. I have always been in a hurry. I’m impatient like that, and I think a lot of the youth today is too. The youth culture I’m seeing and expressing is very eager to get things done, to make shit happen. Which, by the way, is what the whole world is reacting to. I don’t think Donald Trump voters only voted for him because they are afraid of terrorists or muslims or only because they are incredibly stupid (unfortunately a lot of them probably are), but ultimately, I think youth culture has taken over the world so rapidly that the older generations feel left out. They feel misunderstood and helpless. Youth is the future and it stands for everything I believe in, especially in these incredibly dark times. By the way, I think Karl Lagerfeld is a complete racist, piece of shit, who makes ugly-ass clothing. Fuck that dude.

" By the way, I think Karl Lagerfeld is a complete racist, piece of shit, who makes ugly-ass clothing. Fuck that dude."

TM

I did some lurking on your Instagram and saw what I think is your home. You have a very special bed. How is your relationship with your home?

NW

I think you are referring to my futon bed. I have two homes, one in Berlin and one in Stockholm. And in both homes I have a handmade Japanese futon bed. I have been obsessed with Japanese culture for years and I really like the way the bed is directly on the floor. It’s beautiful, and I enjoy being close to the ground, it’s calming. I love doing set design and creating rooms both for work and privately, I like to build things and create simple solutions in a home. I am really affected by my surroundings, it’s almost like a mental issue. I can’t be in a messy, dirty environment without panicking slightly. I manage it better now than before, but there have been a few boyfriends who have dealt with my panic attacks in dirty restaurants throughout the world… SO that’s why I create surroundings that make me feel nice, soft and calm.

TM

While I was lurking, I also got the impression that you’re a fan of Carrie Bradshaw. Is that true? If it is, why do you like her? I thought everyone was over her.

NW

Well well, for me she is a true style legend. Growing up she was the best role model of being a free woman living a large life. Carrie will always be my style guru and she never goes out of style. She is just as unpractical and unreasonable when it comes to fashion as me. Today I was thinking: “I wonder if I will continue wearing uncomfortable heels for the rest of my life?” and the answer to that is: YES.

TM

Why do you think so many people in the world dress so bad? Is that something you would like to change?

NW

My biggest issue with the way people dress in general, is not that it’s necessarily ugly, my main concern is that it’s so completely boring. I fly back and forth between Berlin and Stockholm quite often and the airport is the perfect place to watch and reflect over how people actually dress. And I tell you, it’s so fucking boring. I think it’s the fact that people are so scared to do something wrong it makes them basically prisoners in their own boring ass clothing. I think people should be more curious and exploring when it comes to style, and try to forget about what is “right and wrong”.

TM

Who’s life would you love to art direct?

NW

Oh, nobodies. But I would love if people looked deeper into themselves and through that also see others clearer. People should stop looking at everybody else and search for deeper purpose within themselves.

TM

In an earlier interview, you mentioned that you begin every morning with washing your face with ice-cold water. Do you still do that? Why?

NW

I am NOT a morning person and I love water. I love supercold or superhot water. Ideally, I would like to jump into an icy cold spring and then jump into a sauna every morning of my life. But at the moment that’s not really possible. I compensate with some really cold water in my face and then a really hot shower every morning. It’s a good way to wake up and start the day. I also recommend getting an iPhone 7, the new alarm system is like a motherfucking dream come true.

TM

What do you think about the existing ”fashion” emojis in our phones? The shoes, pants, shirts and purses.

NW

Eh I haven’t really reflected on them so much. My most used emojis are, seashell, palm tree, heart and dragon.

" My most used emojis are, seashell, palm tree, heart and dragon."

TM

I have an unpopular opinion: I love Kanye West, he and Carine Roitfeld are my idols because of how they make me feel. Do you have an idol? Who? And do you have an unpopular opinion?

NW

My idols are the women of the world that have been through pain, and that always keep that pussy power going. My idols are the people of the world that have been through suffering and have survived it. My idols are the people fighting for peace and love in this world. My unpopular opinion would be that I truly don’t believe in any form of god. I do have a vague belief in reincarnation though. I do believe that when something dies it eventually develops in life again. For example, I really hope of becoming a flower after being done with this life. Kanye I don’t care for very much, but I would say he has some good taste in collaborations, I am also a big fan of Vanessa Beecroft and Martin Margiela, two artists Kanye has collaborated with. It seems pretty unpopular to spread and share love in this world, I wish that could change.

TM

You are one of the founders of Amaze, an alternative fashion platform in Stockholm. Name one thing you think is amazing?

NW

Nature, excitement, saxophone intros and holding hands with a new-found lover.