My state of mind: Currently excited for new adventures after a long summer.
No matter how different my days look, my everyday routine includes: Breakfast without emails and phones ringing together with my fiancée.
I feel the most balanced when: I have time between jobs to be inspired again for what’s coming next. I need time to go to museums and watch movies. To see other imagery than what fashion gives me to find other sources of inspiration for my projects. That’s often when the best things come together.
This text opened my eyes: Old man and the sea by Ernest Hemingway.
I lose it when: People are too self absorbed and inconsiderate.
I feel beautiful when: I have time to look after my self and I’m not constantly on a flight.
I really want you to watch: Mustang! Most interesting film this year by a Turkish female director. It’s incredibly beautiful and moving.
I have learned that: I can’t control everything things happen for a reason sometimes.
If I could only read one book: Paolo Coelho’s the Alchemist. It’s wonderful and opens your mind to new journeys.
Best advice I ever got: Don’t let your ambitions overshadow your success! The journey is sometimes the most rewarding. I don’t think I’ll ever be completely satisfied creatively with myself so it’s important to enjoy the little moments where your ideas succeeds and leaves you ecstatic!
My best diy tip for making every day more sustainable: Up-cycle where you can, don’t just recycle. And try to be creative with your style and old garments. Alter them to how you feel in that moment.
I cannot live without: My family and my fiancée. They’re everything to me – time off from an industry that can be all consuming cause it’s your passion and hobby at the same time.
My eco-fashion prediction: I think we are going to see an increasing demand in transparency of fashion production. I hope it will happen from the consumers but I’m afraid that for it to be significant enough and efficient (we need to move quickly!) it will have to be a governmental implication. We need to regulate the brands that pollute the most which are ultimately high street brands as that’s where people go and buy without having to consider their budgets much. And I think we as opinionmakers in style and fashion should educate people to invest in longevity of a garment when they can. Invest in quality over quantity when possible.
My favorite organic/natural beauty product: Danish Karmameju’s beauty products they do the best salt scrub and body oil.
In my headphones: Anything from the 60s-70s. Usually lots of Patti smith, Stones and Bowie.
Alexandra Carl is a fashion director and consultant based in London. Follow her here.