We chat fashion, Halloween, crafting and motivation with Audrey Kitching.
Audrey Kitching is best known for her brightly colored hair, DIY-meets-designer outfits and truly unique style. An internet celebrity, made famous through her blog and hundreds of "Scene Queen" photo shoots, Audrey is a part model, artist, fashion designer and crafter who's not afraid to flaunt her style and speak her mind. We caught up with the pink haired style queen to find out about her new clothing line, following her dreams and what she'll be doing this Halloween.
"Anything worthwhile you need to work for."
"I wanted to be an artist and that's kinda what I am" explains Audrey about what she wanted to do when she was younger. "For a minute I wanted to be a therapist, then a hair stylist, followed by a singer but I hated school, wanted to do hair in my own way and had zero musical talent. With that said, I think things worked out for the best." Now working a dream job that sends her jet-setting between cities, we asked what the reality was really like. "It's a lot of work, a lot of being told no and long hours. I've had so many doors slammed in my face, you have no idea. Anything worth while you need to work for. I have so much I still want to do and this is only the start... within 10 years, I would love to have an entire couture collection out and be doing runway shows."
"I'm a big bag of potpourri, a little bit of everything, from hippie to punk to goth to doll. Think Barbie meets The Craft."
Matching designer couture with her own handcrafted pieces, Audrey loves customising clothes and ensuring she'll never be caught in the same outfit as someone else. "I'm a big bag of potpourri, a little bit of everything, from hippie to punk to goth to doll. Think Barbie meets The Craft." She recently launched her first DIY clothing range titled Coco De Coeur. "The best way to describe it is a punk after school project. It's just fun and creative, nothing too serious. It's just cool t-shirts for rad kids with style and super simple white burnouts that are inspired by punk, the 70s, London, the Sex Pistols and modern goth. It's basically for any kid who never fit in. Coco brings the teenage angst out in all of us."
Finding ideas in magazines, old movies, music and flea markets, Audrey feels that "as long as you're looking for inspiration you will always find it". She tries to think about who her biggest inspiration is. "For my whole life, this has been such a hard question for me. I don't really have one hero to be honest, I never did because I love so many people for different reasons. Everyone has their flaws so I focus on the best traits of each person." However, if she could go back in time and give herself one piece of advice it would be - "don't become friends with the wrong crowd and don't follow trends. If you don't take the risk you will never move forward. Life is all about making mistakes and learning from them. If it doesn't work out the first time, make a new plan and try again."
"Life is all about making mistakes and learning from them. If it doesn't work out the first time, make a new plan and try again"
"I love cooking! The worst part about traveling is never being able to cook". Audrey is an animal lover, vegan, and recently designed a range of shirts to help promote ethical treatment of animals. "When I'm home, I'll cook a homemade vegan meal at least once or twice a day. I am a big Mexican and Mediterranean fan. I'm also really into making seashell candle holders, body oil and punk rock Barbies at the moment. I collect skulls so Halloween is the best time to buy them and I then paint and glitter them. I have been making things ever since I could walk. I had a glue gun, paint brush or be-dazzler in my hand at all times and my mom made all my clothing growing up."
"My mom is the queen of crafts! She use to make my Halloween costumes every year and they were so intense. I was everything from Cat In The Hat to a Ballerina Gorilla. My dad use to make me go to every house in the neighbourhood, no matter how tired I was, so we had enough candy to last a year!" With Halloween just around the corner, we wanted to know what her dream evening would involve. "Dressing up and dancing with all my close friends and having the best food, best movies (Rosemary's Baby) and the best music (Vampire Weeken (though I am not a huge fan) and Wes Anderson movie sountracks). I would love to throw a Halloween party and dress up as Miss Piggy... I just might have to!"
Audrey then describes a typical day in her life. "I wake up and take a yoga class or go on a hike. When I get home I will do work calls and emails for an hour or so, create some blogs, do a photo shoot and meet a friend for lunch. After I stop by the sample maker, drop off packages at the post office and have a conference call. In the evening, I watch a movie, cook dinner, take a bath, bed... then repeat." She then shares her secret for keeping organised. "POST IT NOTES! My whole house is full of crumpled up notes. I'll maybe make three different lists on a good day and I try to get as much crossed off as possible. Oh, and time management!" When it comes to relaxing, candles, bubble baths and tea are some of her favorite things. "I'm a huge fan of the Korean bath house downtown. I find myself at it twice a week!"
"Be yourself, always be crafty, and never dress to impress anyone but you."
"Be yourself, always be crafty, and never dress to impress anyone but you" advises Audrey, as she ponders what the future holds for her. "I just launched my signature brand Tokyolux and I'm so happy with it! I'm working on my holiday collection and planning a press trip to Japan for magazine shoots. I'm always up to something new, change is healthy. Whether its my hair, my clothing lines or my style, everything is always changing. Who knows where I will be a year from know - that's the best part. Life is an adventure!"