Victoria Sekrier is a fashion editor, stylist and former model who lives in London and inspires us through her Instagram Account
The following scene took place in February 2016: It was the evening of the Oscars and I was sitting with my travel companion on the patio of the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles for an early dinner (thanks to jetlag) and while we were letting the hours pass by, the space filled up with people who – either directly or indirectly – had something to do with that big spectacle.
One of them stuck out immediately with her tall, slim stature and reserved, midnight blue overalls: Victoria Sekrier. As it turns out, I had been following her on Instagram for quite a while. And on this particular evening, she also had a big occasion to celebrate: actress Alicia Vikander had won Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Danish Girl. She wore a yellow gown by Louis Vuitton that (you guessed it) her stylist Victoria had selected for her.
Now, almost one year later, I can finally give the 29-year-old London-based former model her say through our questionnaire as she provides us with wonderful impressions from her lively daily life. On the source of her inspiration, she says: “There are two ways for me. I either look inward at my childhood, my background, and my experiences in life so far. Or I look at really banal things that surround our everyday life that the majority of people don’t pay attention to. I’m a big fan of a normcore aesthetic.”
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Please describe your style in three words?
Effortless. Uniformly masculine.
First fashionable memory?
A combination of my mother’s made-to-measure suits and gold teeth crowns. Back during the Soviet era in Russia, it was totally normal for both men and women to have gold teeth as there was no porcelain available for dentistry. The juxtaposition of those two things is both impressive and intimidating.
Your ideal breakfast?
The song that makes you dance?
Down in Mexico by The Coasters.
The book you’ve re-read many times?
Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov. And Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse.
My older brother for finding new means of entertainment and always having my back.
Piece(s) of jewelry you wear every single day?
Mismatched earrings by Sophie Bille Brahe.
Designer you expect big things from?
Simon Porte Jacquemus (Jacquemus).
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The designer you would love to wear head-to-toe when you are a granny?
A mix between Dries Van Noten and The Row.
White, for its purity.
It depends on the season: in the autumn and winter, I wear the Sk8-Hi by Vans. In the spring and summer, I wear Rosetta Getty flat mules either in black or white.
What’s your dream car?
I’ve always thought that a hearse would be a GREAT transportation option for stylists – for their capacity. But, they’re incredibly morbid.
Greyhounds. Or the Great Dane for its imposing size and grace.
Top three on your wish list?
I only have to-do lists
Most inspiring movie?
All of Andrei Tarkovsky’s.
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Probably Fran Lebowitz.
Anywhere where it’s hot and I don’t have to do much.
Artusi. It’s located in my neighborhood in London.
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
I don’t worry myself with that question. So far none of my predictions have come true and instead my life has been filled with lucky accidents. It’s far more exciting to enjoy where you are now then to ponder what’s ahead in the future.
Last (cultural) discovery that blew your mind?
Pipilotti Rist at the New Museum was moving and enlightening.
Top three magazines (online or off)?
System, Double, Self Service.
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More photos and impressions can be found on her Instagram account here.
Translation: Melissa Frost (Intro)
Julia co-founded one of the first fashion blogs in Germany in 2007 and became a freelance consultant for digital strategies after publishing her first book in 2010. After an eventful four years with Condé Nast working mainly in the digital department of Vogue Germany, she decided to launch her own online magazine with her dream partner, Veronika Heilbrunner. She is based in Berlin and loves to read books.