Style Counsel: Alexandra Harcha-Montes


Occupation: Creative Director

Style: Avant-garde artsy

Photograph by Annette Navarro

Does your interest in art influence your style? Absolutely. Design and fashion, they’re so related to each other in contemporary art. That’s definitely something I like look to as an inspiration, even for my work, especially for my work. Fashion really influences design.

What kind of art inspires your fashion choices? I would say more structure, more contemporary, and a little bit daring. I like more avant-garde type of things.

When you see the high-fashion stuff on the runway, how do you incorporate that into a practical look? Personally, I’m not tied to labels. For me, it’s like an exercise in creativity. Some things are things I’ve made, some things I find at thrift stores. I find a lot at resale. A lot of weird things end up there, and those weird things really can make something. It’s just a matter of knowing how to combine patterns or textures or fabrics.

Do you find yourself influenced by your home country, Peru, at all? When I was younger, I didn’t really see that. I had teachers in art school that were very much telling me you need to incorporate your culture. My father and my father’s family, they are Middle Eastern. So I have kind of weird cultural influences, from the Middle East and from Peru and Latin America. I’m a huge fan of crafts that we do back home. Now as I’ve gotten older and know better, I really appreciate things that are done by hand. Especially textiles and textile work there and the colors. Really, really rich and really bright. I’m taking a lot more than I used to.

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