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Cup of tea with IT

ITgirl Alina Gelzina (@ALINA_GELZINA) is one of the most promising young fashionistas and stylish discoveries of the last years. She is glamorous; she is like a modern prototype of princess from Disney fairytale. She has a strong sense of style and clever small head. Alina is already a famous street styler and a global fashion person.

950f26ee8b949911a560e4c0212d50a1“Do you want a cup of tea?” says Alina, inviting me to take a sit at the olive sofa in her sunny room. I put my vintage Valentino bag and camera next to me and take a pencil and a notebook.

Snow-white cat Modena sniffs my feet touching them with the tip of a wet nose. Alina takes a sit opposite an oval mirror and begins to make up. I feel myself free and comfortable; the IT-girl seems to be very hospitable.

  • Why streetstyling?

I do it for my future career, I feel prospects. Someone might think that I just walk around and take pictures. But I don’t. I can’t tell you my plans because they are only plans. The more I do it, the more chances to meet people important for my future career I get. Streetstyling is a good way to PR yourself and it is also a possibility to earn money. It’s the same job as any other, but from the point of view of the most of people it looks like it is much easier. It’s wrong. I feel tired after the first day of a Fashion Week. But it is always a very pleasurable tiredness.

  • collageWhat is about your plans for this season?

I am going to go to Paris, Milan, London and New York Fashion Week to visit as much shows, presentations, dinners, and parties as I can. Everything in this business builds on communication and acquaintances. It’s important not to hesitate and no to be shy. I am developing these features.

  • Who inspires you?

I would like to distinguish Veronika Heilbrunner. However, many of the street stylers are noteworthy.

  • Who is your favorite designer?

It’s wrong to say “favorite”. It’s much better to say that one designer siuts me and another one doesn’t. I prefer Chloe, Gucci in last two years with Alessandro Michele, Louis Vuitton, and Dior with a new vision of femininity. I like the 70s style that appears in a new light from season to season with every new fashion show.

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  • So, do you always try to keep 70s in your style?

70s and boho chic, wide-brimmed hat are closer to my self-awareness. At the same time I can’t give up on other things.

  • What features does a person need to be successful in fashion industry?

It’s important to be brave and don’t lose oneself.

  • Tell me about difficulties in fashion and street styling in particular?

Very often I returned to a hotel room after a fashion show and cried blaming myself. I spent time, money and did nothing to come closer to my goal. I hesitated to meet, to ask for contacts, to ask about work. Now I am learning to be brave. My family always supports me.

  • You are co-owner of IT Girl Personal Styling Agency. Is it just a commercial project?

No! I want people to be more beautiful and I try to show them the way to do it. The agency helps women to do styling, shopping and to save time and money. Unfortunately, today Instagram-girls set the trends of wearing Hermes shoes, Chanel or Louis Vuitton classic bag, Balmain ragged jeans, blonde curls and corrective makeup. The popularity of Instagram-girls creates Instagram-twins. In my opinion, it’s better to monitor and hunt streetstyle reports than to copy Instagram-girls’ style.

  • How do you make looks?

Every season I choose things that I like, collect basic clothes that I can wear every time, mix luxury and mass-market. I never spend a lot of money for shopping. The look from the last Paris Fashion week is a bright example: H&M total look except for the Burberry trench coat, Prada shoes and vintage clutch. I always buy clothes and accessories thoughtfully and carefully.

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  • ef1e2cf2a2587d40a992ac57eb50eadfWhat are you favorite clothes?

I don’t have ones. I can wear just basic black and white cotton T-shirts and TOPSHOP blue high waist jeans and Acne studio dark grey jeans… I mix them with colorful shoes, jackets, accessories.

  • Share with us some fashion tips.

I prefer clean and bright colors, ordinary cut, simple lines and colorful accessories. The look should make an impression of spontaneity and lack of preparation. And of course it’s very important to be honest with yourself.

What is the image of the ideal life?

The most important thing in my life is my future family, my husband and children. I would like to travel and visit fashion shows together with my children. Together and forever. I promote family values.

 

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Who is IT?

Who is an IT-girl?

What do we know about IT-girls? Is there one term that is less clear among thousands of fashion terms? New fashion subculture has long historical roots. According to Wikipedia, the phrase has originated as slang in British society of the upper class at the turn of the 20th century. Everybody knows Rudyard Kipling who used a term “IT” in his short story “Mrs. Bathurst”. In 1927 an English writer Eleanor Green titled her book “IT”. In the same year Paramount Pictures made a movie based on the book. The production studio introduced a phenomenon of a Hollywood IT-girl as a young sexually attractive girl who was in the public eye. That was not a surprise that after the movie the leading actress Clara Bow became the first official IT-girl. efd753b43619bffa6b5dea2b61c0b11d

The next one was Audrey Hepburn.7e22ba484ef5ed2f301e5199575b5e5a  In the 2000s Sarah Jessica Parker had no choice but to hit the jackpot with the “Sex and the City”. After that, creative directors of luxury fashion brands decided to use young girls with famous names as a marketing tool. Chosen ladies became ambassadors of style. Hedonism was used as a powerful force to occupy fashion market. Young ladies put spirit into gloomy classics like Chanel’s tweed jacket. Having a unique sense of style and courage, they started to mix old and new ideas. Subsequently, with a sniper’s accuracy they hit the masses with new looks. The development of gadgets and software kept up with the epoch of IT-girls, street stylers and bloggers. Their collective dialectic became a good soil for a subculture to expand to all chains of fashion business. It was the time when fashion moved from streets to runways and still stayed fashion.

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The IT-girl’s standard ranges from continent to continent. But as a rule, these girls are well-educated and intelligent, have a good sense of style and a fine taste in music, art, cinema. Real fashion world hates stupid. IT-girl has a strong personality.

As for me, the IT-girl is a stylish and trendy girl, charismatic and attractive woman, in other words “some kind of femme fatale”. Millions of people love and follow IT-girls, others hate them, but everybody envy them.

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Last summer I had an honor to meet and spend some time with the IT-girl. I also asked some questions that grew up into interview. The interview coming soon…