Meet member @vilen from Germany! She's a dental technician who creates jewelry and ceramics in her spare time. Find out what's popular in Germany by reading on:
Tell us your name, age, profession and anything you’d like to share.
Hello, Polyvore team and all my Polyfriends! My name is Vilena. I'm 31 years old and married. Since 2007, I’ve lived in Germany. I was born in Uzbekistan, but my parents’ roots are in Armenia. I grew up with international traditions, and speak Russian, Armenian and Uzbek. I am a dental technician, and I love the specialty because I give people beautiful, aesthetic smiles! Also, I graduated from art school in ceramics here in Germany, and have a diploma to be a translator of German. I draw abstract pictures and, in my free time, I create jewelry and ceramics. You can see them here in my Etsy shop, Feminit: https://www.etsy.com/de/shop/Feminit?ref=si_shop. And here is my work on my Potters page: http://www.potter.cm/potters/355/potteries.
What are your personal aspirations/goals?
To create my own brand for petite women, and, if possible, to open a clothes boutique. My main goal this year is to bring together many German friends from Polyvore in a German city and have a Polymeetup!
How has Polyvore affected your life?
Thanks to Polyvore, it’s more rare that I buy fashion magazines. It is possible to find most actual trends here. I learned about the existence of many new sites about fashion, art and design. Creating sets has turned into my new hobby. Even if I´m not able to afford anything, I put it in a set. It makes me happy. I’ve become acquainted with a thousand talented, creative people. For four years, I’ve had some pleasant acquaintances. It feels very much especially for me!
How did you find Polyvore?
A few years ago on a Russian blog, one of the girls posted a picture in pink tones. I thought that it was a cutout from a fashion magazine or a professional photo-collage, but she told me about the existence of this magic place where it is possible to make such collages.
How would you describe your set style?
An eclectic mix of details. Sometimes it helps me for real with my clothes. In my sets, it is possible to see almost all styles: vintage style, modernist, casual, even futurism and abstraction. It is simply an expression for me.
Where do you get your inspiration to create a set?
Art, nature, style icons, historical fashion, my mood. Of course, fashion, Vogue and everything that surrounds me.
What are some Polyvore tips you would like to share with the Polyvore community?
First of all, experiment to find your way. Use a theme which is interesting to you to make sets. Create unusual sets, not ordinary. We cannot be afraid of views from outside; we have a grand opportunity to disrupt fashion rules!
Does your username have any special meaning?
Yes, it is my real name.
Where do you live and what trends are big there?
I live in Bavaria. I could tell you that here, people wear more conservative and very practical clothes. For several seasons, skinny jeans have been fashionable. Often, people on the streets combine traditional Bavarian jackets or shirts with classic jeans. I like these looks!
Describe your personal sense of style.
I seek comfort, convenience and practicality for the everyday, but I also try to add feminine details in my clothes. I love dresses and shoes and I collect them.
What is your favorite brand/designer? What do you like about that brand?
Nicola Formichetti and Alexander Wang. I like many male designers; it seems to me they are able to understand women and know what is necessary to us. Tzipporah by Natasha Goldenberg is the fine female-led brand of a talented and very stylish Russian girl. I like Natasha Goldenberg's style. She is my fashion idol and inspires me!