If you’ve had the pleasure of seeing Dorian Rahimzadeh on your Instagram feed, it should come as no surprise that we wanted to take a closer look at the 29 year old stylist’s personal style.
1. How would you describe your personal style?
I would describe my personal style as bold, self expressional, culture oriented and edgy.
2. What is your favorite item in your closet and why?
I have to fall in love with an item in order to purchase it, therefore I love almost all the items I have in my closet. However, there is one item in my closet which could be considered as my favorite because it means a lot to me: It is an army green leather/suede asymmetric skirt I have made a year ago. It was featured in a photo on my Instagram which lead me into ElleCanada’s Style Search Contest. I ended up in the top three Stylish Instagrammers in Canada by people’s votes and I was featured in ElleCanada’s December 2016 Issue.
3. Have you ever had a “What was I thinking” moment about something you have worn?
Not really. I think I always feel confident about what I choose to wear. I sometimes put on some casual clothes when in hurry which I might not love, but I feel good about anything I wear. I think the key is that I try to buy items I love individually as well as having a clear image of how I am going to style it, therefore when I do so I feel good with it.
4. What is your first fashion memory?
I remember when I was about 7, my father used to go on business trips to Europe, and he would bring back with him lots of souvenirs, specially goods that were not to be found in Iran due to economical sanctions and isolations. Among those souvenirs there were almost always many Vogue and Burda magazines for my mother to extract patterns from in order to make clothes for me. I remember I used to love browsing through those magazines. It was really interesting for me to see different looking women with various ethnicities wearing different kind of clothes to the ones in Hijab I used to see back then. It was only around 12 years after the Islamic revolution in Iran then and there were so many strict restrictions like having a satellite TV being prohibited, so seeing those colorful editorials was a window for me to a whole different world.
5. What is your favorite fashion era and why?
My favorite fashion era is definitely the 80s. There were so many trends throughout the 80s that is very similar to my taste and personal style. 80s is the era of colors, bold style and oversized everything, which to a great extent, I can relate to. If I want to be more specific I could point out big shoulder pads, masculine tailoring, chunky jewelry and baggy cropped trousers, along many other distinctive characteristics.
6. Where do you shop?
I shop Online for the most part. My favorite Online Shopping websites are SSENE, Excelsior Milano, ASOS, and Karl Lagerfeld online store since we don’t have one here in Toronto. I don’t have favorite shops when it comes to in-store shopping, but if I want to name some I could mention: The Bay on Queen Street, TNT, Urban Outfitters and some local boutiques. I must add that I shop a lot of Menswear, so I browse the mens section in all of these shops too.
7. What would be your theme song and why?
It’s difficult for me to pick theme song to be honest since I’m a music lover in general, but I would say Madonna’s songs are the ones I could most relate to.
8. What are you currently coveting?
Balenciaga sneakers I would say. I would love to have all the styles.
9. Whose closet would you want to raid?
Anna Delo Russo, period. I love her taste and style, and I can’t think of a single item she has that I would dislike.
10. What fashion trend would you like to see go away?
Bodycon, lampshading and corsets. Basically the trend the Kardashian family have made popular.
11. Who are a few of your fashion icons?
My all time favorite icon is and will forever be Karl Lagerfeld. His work and personality have inspired and motivated me in so many different ways.
12. Fill in the Blank: I could not live without __
SNEAKERS. I love their comfiness and coolness.
13. What is your secret obsession?
Bluntly speaking, practicing and digging into the Asian (more specifically Japanese) culture and lifestyle.
14. What is your fashion mantra?
Close your eyes and ears to what others like, and be yourself.
15. Who are a few of your favorite designers?
Karl Lagerfeld on top of the list, followed by Thom Browne, Craig Green and Demna Gvasalia. All four are among the best in what they do, and all four are big inspirational figures to me in the industry.
16. What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
“When following your dream, never listen to people who don’t deserve you sharing it with them in the first place.”
Iran-born Dorian Rahimzadeh currently lives in Toronto and has been featured in various magazines all over the globe such as ElleCanada, BoF, iWomenSense, HuberTurk, etc. The 29 year-old is working relentlessly on a collection that would embrace all her knowledge and experience. Be sure to follow Dorian’s journey on instagram @dorian.who