IX. TAKAYUKI SEKIYA


Stylist ___ Essential Homme Magazine. U Magazine. VNFOLD.



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Here at ElysiumE we appreciate a monochromic masterpiece as much as the next person. So when this gloriously eerie selection of photographs rocked up at VNFOLD we naturally proceeded to bombard the responsible stylist - namely Takayuki Sekiya aka the Fantastic Taka - to request a few words. The visuals themselves see the conflict of good and evil within us, harmoniously constructed with a suitable wardrobe and an equally hazy setting


So a brief roundup of the man himself, born and raised in Tokyo, based and working in New York City. His current abode being the place that sparked Taka’s innate creative fashion vision, seeing him artistically bloom as an online fashion editor. He has since styled for stories in the before mentioned VNFOLD aswell as U Magazine, been featured as a fashion contributor at 160g and recognised as ‘one to watch’ from ‘The Ones 2 Watch.’ Needless to say, he’s also joined the ranks here at Elysium with this lovely little chinwag, thanks Taka


Anything currently on your mind...

A friend and I are thinking about launching our own brand. So, I've been researching lots of things and I'm traveling to Tokyo this weekend for inspiration. We're going to start with t-shirts and go from there. Nothing screen-printed though, no, no, NO! Very high-quality fabrics and interesting shapes

So New York, anything exciting happening over the pond...

I was actually just in Paris and saw lots of exciting things there. Unfortunately I was mainly there because I had to leave the country to renew my visa, but I have lots of friends in fashion there so I got some amazing inspiration

When did you become aware of your styling prowess...

I don't really know, I mean I only started styling professionally around two years ago. So, I'm still pretty new to the whole thing. But I've always had a huge interest in fashion. I'm just doing what I love to do

Marc Jacobs once ranked the artistic world in order of craft and importance to the masses, with artists being at the top and fashion designers at the bottom. Would you agree with this hierarchical way of thinking and if so where would you place a stylist...

Absolutely not! Stylists are at the top of the hierarchy—above performance artists and filmmakers and Michelangelo. Well, that's my own very obviously biased view about it. Seriously, I think fashion designers are perceived as being at the bottom, but fashion design is a very interesting creative field, that involves a lot of challenges other artists don't typically have to deal with. There's the creative component, yes, but also manufacturing, marketing, and the engineering challenges of actually constructing clothing. Stylists are important because they interpret a designer's fashions in ways they might not have initially envisioned. We use the clothes as our medium just as the designers use fabrics as theirs, and just as textile designers use wools, and so on up the chain

Can a stylist’s work be instantly recognisable as their own...

Yes! My personal aesthetic is to be fantastic AT ALL TIMES

There’s a strong monochromic editorial quality about your work. Is this reflected in your own wardrobe...

Basically I like wearing black and most of my wardrobe is black, but it really depends on my feelings at the time. Sometimes I go over the top and sometimes I make things a little conservative. But since I have blond hair, when I walk down the street sometimes people look at me as though I'm some sort of freak or something

Your work recently featured in Vnfold Magazine was incredible, what was the concept behind the shoot...

The concept they requested was described as, ‘A portal, a door opening to a new dimension. The third eye gleaming to perception. Our inner power.’ So, I was thinking, ‘The dark side and light side of being human’ and that smoke and natural sunlight really culminated in some great pictures

Is there one shoot you were involved in that springs to mind as your favourite...

I have a special place in my heart for "Gothic Luxury". That was a piece of my early work. I pitched the story to the magazine and I did the casting for the models and team. After it was published a lot of photographers contacted me, it became a great tool to get my name out there

In general, what was the best advice you were ever given...

Sometimes you have to be a bitch to get things done

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What do you most enjoy about the age we live in...

Internet shopping...

What do you most dislike about contemporary life...

Sometimes many things feel the same to me, I mean, there's never anything that's truly new

Heaven is....

NYC is heaven & nap time

Takayuki Sekiya