Name: Jeff K.
Major: Cinema Studies
Hometown: Sherwood, Oregon
Jeff’s button-up is from American Eagle while his shorts are from H&M.
How would you describe your personal aesthetic? I would describe my aesthetic as hipster chic. I grew up in a suburb just outside of Portland, so the whole hipster culture really influenced me growing up. It shaped the art I created and my tastes in film. I can’t imagine being the same person I am today without growing up in such a unique part of the world. I love my city, irony and all.
Are there any films that influence the way you dress? While I could cite countless Wes Anderson films, there are three major influences where my style has been adapted from movies. First and foremost is “Her.” Spike Jonze’s style combines a capricious nerd with male femininity that somehow comes together to make Joaquin Phoenix look like the superlative lovesick hipster. That film is probably the reason – though ironically it is not featured in my outfit – that over half of my wardrobe consists of some shade of red. Then there’s “The Virgin Suicides,” which phenomenally captures the essence of boyish formality. I often forget how old I look with my beard and height because in my mind, I’m just a dumb absent-minded child. Sofia Coppola creates this mystical suburbia in which these children act as their own adults, so of course she embraces a variation on the dress code of a private school.
What one song describes your style personality? “You Wanted a Hit” by LCD Soundsystem. James Murphy uses his wonderful pop-esque sound to draw parallels to modern hits while making stark contrast with how he actually implements the sound into his songs. I always feel that my wardrobe consists of many common elements of our culture’s style, but still stands out for its distinct personality. This distinction might come from an overabundance of red tones and floral patterns, but it’s distinct none the less.
Is there a city or country that you think has great style? For you, how does that place differ from West Coast fashion? Like I said before, Portland shaped so much of my style and personality, but the culture seemed to be more adoptive of East Coast trends rather than West Coast. Portlanders like to look to cities like New York and D.C. for inspiration rather than their southern neighbors in Los Angeles. We’re all obsessed with revitalizing trends from the seventies and nineties with the current styles of the day. We embrace the weather that plagues us nine months out of the year and use it as an excuse to wear oversized sweaters and denim jackets more often than anyone would find necessary.
His shoes are from the brand Danner.
How would you describe your love for florals? I don’t even know how to describe my love of floral patterns. Possibly irrational and a little overabundant. I’ve always loved floral because it allows for such variation of color in clothing. Often times, having a palette with an excessive amount of colors can cause an outfit to clash with itself or be too loud, but when it’s implemented in a floral pattern, the mishmash of colors always seems to work.
Do you have any clothing goals right now or trends you’re dying to try? My biggest goal is to create a more expansive wardrobe for myself. After losing weight my freshman year of college, I found that my wardrobe essentially disappeared. So for the past nine months, it’s like I’ve started my current selection from scratch. One area I would love to tackle is the more “dressier” side of my fashion, specifically some accessories. Then, I want to take on some projects of making some of my own clothes. My backpack was made from a combination of pillow cases, a denim jacket and a leather belt from Value Village, and I’d love to experiment with something in the same vein.
As Jeff mentioned above, he crafted and sewed his backpack himself, gathering the materials from Value Village.
Is there a TV show or movie you would like to have the clothing from? This would primarily be “Her.” Everything, and I do mean everything, that Joaquin Phoenix wears in this film is beyond me. Honestly, if I could spend the rest of my life only choosing from the wardrobe department of this movie, I would die a satisfied man.
If you were the costume designer for your own film in production, what would the film be about and how would you stylize your characters? If I was a costume designer, it would have to be for a film about the social elites of a high school. I absolutely love the movie Heathers and am always so envious of how extravagant female clothes can be in comparison to males’. Being able to dress a vicious prom queen would be an absolute dream. I would give each individual character a distinct color that illustrates their personality and build the wardrobe around that.
There’s been quite an evolution of men’s fashion being implemented in local stores today – how do you feel about new men’s fashion trends that are differentiating from the norm? I feel like, often times, men’s fashion is very homogenizing. Right now, in the midst of spring, I see a lot of the trends that look like something Ezra Koenig would wear to a yacht club meeting. I am very envious of the options that women have for clothing stores in Eugene. Especially at the local mall, men’s choices are limited to the usual suspects of millennial wardrobe from H&M, Hollister or Banana Republic, etc. I’d love to see a little more variety for us. However, I do love that some of these local stores are embracing some new trends. Especially since floral patterns are becoming more widely available.
What’s your favorite part about the way you dress? It makes me feel like me. Throughout many of my younger years, I never really cared about what I wore. I’d throw on whatever and would feel kind of bland without realizing why. Once I started to develop my clothing tastes, I began to love getting ready in the mornings. Nothing can make you more fit to take on a day than putting on a cute outfit that you look stellar in.
With the final stretch of spring term approaching, what has been your favorite part of your sophomore year so far? Being able to absorb as much culture as I possibly can. I was able to spend so much time watching movies, reading books and meeting new people. All the opportunities that being in college has given me have been wonderful. I know how hard I’m going to have to work to make it in my cinematic field, and I feel that I’ve been able to grow so much as a student of film in just this year alone.
What do you hope to do differently in your junior year of college? I hope to start translating everything I’ve learned into a tangible product. Going into the latter half of my college education, I’m looking to make the transition from consumer of culture to a producer of it. I can’t wait to start implementing my ideas into a medium and finally getting a chance to make something of my own!
Words and Photos by Miranda Sarah Einy, @MIRANDWA