I was lucky enough to have a chat with my good friend and fashion student, Anna Tramma and ask her a few questions. Anna has lived in both Italy and the UK, as well as spending some time in the USA a few years back. To be honest calling her a fashion student is a bit of an understatement, she has such a distinct and creative style and is very knowledgeable on all different aspects of fashion. With almost 3,000 followers on intsagram, it's clear to see that I am not alone with my love for her style.
Now lets get in to the questions.....
Who are you and how did you get into fashion?
I’m Anna Tramma (@polaroxd on social media) and I am a fashion student. I’ve always had such a passion for fashion since I was a little kid. I love the fact that through different outfits, you are able to express your personality before you even introduce yourself to someone. I also consider myself a creative person, I love customising clothes that are either boring or thrifted in order to make them more unique. So being part of the fashion industry in some way was always my only option for a future career path.
Where did you study fashion?
I’ve completed my BA in fashion studies at La Sapienza university in Rome. I also attended a fashion illustration course at the Koefia international fashion academy in Rome and I studied trend forecasting at Central Saint Martins, University of the arts in London.
How would you describe your personal style?
That’s a tough one. It really depends on the day and how I feel that day (lol). But for the most part, I would say that definitely it is not your average girly style. I tend to be more on the 'grungey', punk side of streetwear: safety pins as accessories, loud graphic sweatshirts, band tees, baggy skater-like pants and lots lots of leather.
Who are your style inspirations/icons?
I don’t have any specific person that I consider a style icon, so to speak, but I certainly get inspired by a lot of things that surround me: whether it’s the music I listen to with the singers I love, architecture, art, fashion magazines, common things I see in the streets on a daily basis ecc. I am a real trend forecaster when it comes to finding new ways to renew or upgrade my wardrobe and the image I present myself with.
What is your favorite part of fashion?
Well, as I previously mentioned, I love the fact that fashion can be used as a tool to express yourself to others. To me, it is not about the glamorous magazine covers (which i love btw) because it is much more meaningful than that. Fashion is the showcase of the period we live in, our lives, our passions, our stories. Have you ever thought about the fact that if you think about an item of clothing, you are instantly teleported into a specific time or place in which that item was popular? For example miniskirts = 60s and Mary Quant.
I know you’ve spent time living in the uk and Italy, which fashion scene do you prefer and why?
The fashion scene in London is my favorite, hands down! Being a huge fan of punk fashion there is no other answer, really. The original punk fashion belongs to the 70s obviously but you can still see it today in the city, especially in Camden, my personal favorite spot (even if it is highly commercialised).
I adored looking at the crazy and chill outfits people wore on the tube when I was heading somewhere. You can see that people don’t really give a damn about what others think of them and that is one of the most important things to me: to not doubt myself because other people are looking at me like I am some kind of weirdo.
Italian fashion is more traditional, classic and subtle, not for me.
Who are your favourite designers/brands?
This will come like no surprise to you at this point but Vivienne Westwood is a fashion designer that I look up to. She not only creates amazing works of art but she manages to use them as a protest fir contemporary social issues occurring in the world. She’s also the queen that brought punk fashion on runways with her husband at the time Malcolm Mclaren from Sex Pistols.
Other fashion designers that I get hugely inspired by are Japanese: Yohji Yamamoto, Hiroaki Sueyasu with the brand KIDILL, Rei Kawabuko founder of Comme des Garçons and so on...their different culture reflects on their collections and I find that extremely fascinating.
If we were to talk about more accessible brands I would totally say the Italian brand DIESEL, Renzo Rosso (even if he’s not a fashion designer) is one of the most innovative figures in the Italian fashion scene, I think.
Is there any advice you would give to someone who wants to get in to fashion?
I’m in no position to give advice really because I still haven’t managed to find a spot in the fashion industry, I am struggling as well. But I would say, and it may sound cheesy, that the first thing is to find your unique style, everyone else’s is already taken. Don’t ever stop seeking inspiration in every place you go, in every thing you see. Fashion studies aren’t enough if you don’t have your own personality.
What is a fashion trend you hate?
Honestly? Everything that was popular in the 2000s is just horrible for me: very low-rise jeans, velour tracksuits, halter-style tops, kitten heels are just a NO.
What is a trend you love?
Faux leather shirts and pants, bucket hats, chunky boots and sneakers.