When Andy Torres was a kid, her classmates used to laugh at her ‘weird’ clothes. Today, the woman behind StyleScrapbook is an international style icon, setting the trends – but she hasn’t lost her lust for experimenting a little.
Since starting StyleScrapbook seven years ago, Andy Torres has become one of the most influential women of the blog era. The Mexican-living-in-Amsterdam style icon has done numerous design collabs, delivered a TED talk, been featured in most fashion magazines and hosted various TV shows.
In the Internet age, Andy Torres is a legit fashion veteran. But her followers can’t seem to get enough – and neither can we! So we had Andy Torres choose and style her favourites from H&M, and asked street style photographer extraordinaire Adam Katz Sinding to capture the whole thing. Click through the slide show to see the result!
WHAT IS YOUR SIGNATURE STYLE?
”I always lean towards a more androgynous look, and this has been the case since I was quite young. I was a track and field athlete for about eight years, so I spent most of my time in sports clothes, which kind of stuck with me. Ever since I moved to Europe from Mexico ten years ago, my style has changed dramatically. I now have the freedom to really explore and express myself with styling. Having the blog allows me to really play around with a lot of different styles without looking too consistent. My readers want to see diversity and the last thing I want to do is bore them with too much of the same.”
WHERE IS YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE ON EARTH?
”My grandparents’ place back home in Mexico. I have travelled so much and seen so many incredible places, but every time I go back there I feel like a child again, with no stress or worries. I have so many incredible memories from my childhood. It’s like time stands still there, and there’s where I can be 100 percent myself.”
I was always the one wearing weird things and experimenting with new stuff as a kid.
WHO IS YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGNER?
”This has changed a lot within the past few years. I guess I am in a period where my style is not only evolving but also maturing a lot. I feel influenced in a lot of ways by many designers, but if I had to choose one, I would have to say Nicolas Ghesquière. I think his aesthetic is incredibly elegant without compromising with that quirky edge.”
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE FOOD?
”Mexican and Thai. I do believe that once you have tasted real Mexican food, you will be hooked forever. Thai food has gradually been growing on me. I love fresh ingredients and most Thai food represents that to me.”
WHAT IS YOUR GO-TO LOOK?
”Perhaps a boring answer, but my black leather jacket has been a constant for me for years. Whenever I don’t have to shoot for the blog, I grab any T-shirt, a pair of black jeans, a leather jacket and my favourite metal cut-out Alexander Wang boots.”
WHY IS FASHION IMPORTANT?
”To me, as a way to express myself. I was very young, maybe seven, when my mother taught me how to sew and the fascination for clothes has stuck with me since. I was always the tallest girl in school, and my mother found it very hard to find clothes for my sisters and me, so she had to make them for us. I found that idea exciting – that my mother could make us clothes from scratch, that we didn’t have to rely on stores to find clothes. I was always the one wearing weird things and experimenting with new stuff as a kid – which often got me laughed at. But I didn’t care much.”
IF YOU COULD GO BACK IN HISTORY, WHAT FASHION ERA WOULD YOU LIKE TO
”The 1920s. The elegance and beauty of that era has always appealed to me.”
WHAT IS YOUR GUILTY FASHION PLEASURE?
”Lately I’ve been all about bags, and unfortunately every single one on my wish list costs a month’s rent. Luckily I am very good at restraining myself and I am in fact a very responsible shopper, so I don’t really get carried away.”
WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU WERE A CHILD?
”I wanted to be musician or a palaeontologist! Music is still very much a part of me. I own a beautiful black Fender guitar, which I still need to learn how to play properly. Maybe I will find the time sometime soon.”