As part of our World Fashion Bloggers Series, alluring New York fashionista, Christina Zayas sat down to talk to Madame Soho recently about her salient tattoos, punk’s aesthetics and her artistic passions.
The sultry fashion blogger, aka LeCity Kitty, presented us with a snapshot into her creative mind when she revealed a number of personal and defining interests that reflect the space where fashion meets art.
Madame Soho: Hi Christina, can you tell us where you are from?
Christina Zayas: Hello! I’m a Native New Yorker, part of a dying breed.
MS: You have lots of interesting tattoos, they look good by the way, and you are obviously inspired by art. How would you define art?
CZ: Thank you. I typically gravitate towards the mysterious, so for me, art is the visually inspiring thing in which I admire for its beauty and power.
MS: Do your tattoos have a separate, unconnected inspiration behind each one?
CZ: Absolutely. I have some tattoos for the sole purpose of making me laugh, while others are to remind me of strength, and divinity.
MS: Are you interested in the artistic ideas that go into fashion?
CZ: Actually, I am only interested in the artistic ideas that go into fashion. In this way, I can empathize with the designer.
MS: What would you define as beauty?
CZ: From bone structure to architecture, I find beauty in everything. There’s not much to it for me. The well crafted, well structured is what I deem beautiful.
MS: When did you first become aware of your interest in fashion?
CZ: I fell in love with fashion in high school. At the time I wanted to be a writer, and found myself writing stories about what I saw in magazines. Later, during my years in retail, I realized clothes became my main fascination. I wanted to know everything about them and those who designed them.
MS: What is your favourite colour?
CZ: Above all, black is my favorite.
MS: Are you interested in Punk?
CZ: Punk aesthetics and its underground fashion are very appealing to me. From tattoos and body mod to leather motos and creepers, it’s all rather edgy and cool.
MS: Which piece of music relaxes you most?
CZ: I take great pleasure in listening to Chelsea Wolfe. I am currently infatuated with her latest album, Abyss.
MS: Can you tell us a little bit about Soho in New York?
CZ: I spent my high school years in Soho (South of Houston). The streets are gorgeous, covered in graffiti by well-known artists and those who wish to be known. The stores are plenty with windows demanding attention. I fell in love and got my heartbroken in Soho. I’ve partied and worked there, on numerous occasions, and still manage to adore the shit out of the neighborhood.
MS: Which designers have inspired you most?
MS: What were the standout moments at NYFW SS16?
CZ: Balenciaga’s finale, where Alex Wang jumped about in exclamation for his last show, was quite a standout moment. The collection was grand and made for a great exit from the fashion house.
MS: What would you say to anyone trying to make it in the fashion industry?
CZ: Brace yourself, and develop a backbone.