After moving to LA at 18 for fashion school, Adrianna Kinal has had a ton of experience in the industry. From designer to creative director, photographer and graphic designer to marketing media director, Kinal now brands herself ‘Fashion Artist’. Here we talk collage, androgyny and the femme fatale.
Which was your favourite role in the fashion industry and why?
It would be my marketing media director position. With my graphic design background, I enjoyed the challenge of coming up with visually pleasing content, making it engaging and ultimately converting into sales. To this day I’m continually inspired and amazed by what people respond to and what they don’t. One might think a beautiful photo will draw the most response, yet a simple image with a simple message often generates more interest because it’s much more relatable.
How does it feel to create your own work? Why do you do it?
I love the process of seeing my vision develop into a piece that expresses my imagination. Sometimes it completely changes course and becomes better than what I initially envisioned and sometimes quite the opposite. Nonetheless, I enjoy communicating my ideas and thoughts via my art.
What drew you to collage?
Impatience! Sometimes I want to convey a certain look or feel and creating a collage is the quickest way for me to express those thoughts to others.
For us, creating a figure from many says something about the image of the woman in fashion. What do you think about that?
There’s much more acceptance of women of different cultural backgrounds, ethnicities and shapes now. As well as mixing various brands in one outfit, I like to combine all those elements in my work. I’m drawn to a femme fatale because she’s a strong independent woman who has a clear agenda – whatever that may be.
What are the essential characteristics of a femme fatale?
Sexuality, independence, confidence, strength, intelligence and a sense of humor.
Is it a dated concept?
Quite the opposite. More than ever women are bolder and independent. Women are succeeding not only in business but taking control over their personal lives as well. Women are more empowered to forge their own path rather than being influenced by what society may have once dictated or expected of them. These women are essentially all femme fatales.
Who are your fave femme fatales?
Sophia Amoruso, Carine Roitfeld and Diane Von Furstenberg.
Do you think there’s a link between the femme fatale and the French girl?
What makes a woman attractive is confidence. Which both femme fatales and French girls have – in slightly different ways.
Your ‘One of the Boys’ post talks about androgyny in fashion. For years it’s been popular for women to wear ‘masculine clothes’ – you mentioned Katherine Hepburn donning the pantsuit in the 1940’s. But you also mentioned Caitlyn Jenner’s transition as effecting the recent ‘trend’ and increased acceptance of the transgender community. Whilst it’s definitely true that the media has become more accepting and open, brands like J.W Anderson’s ‘feminine’ approach to the male wardrobe lacks a positive response. Why do you think it’s attractive when women dress as men but the same does not seem to apply, in fashion, when men dress more effeminately?
I think it does apply, to some degree. For example in the US, a man can wear his hair long, wear a pink shirt, carry a bag, have his nails done, wear eyeliner – all of which are essentially thought of as “feminine” and yet no one would consider him out of place. Acceptance depends on what society you live in, where you work and the people you spend time with.