Freitag, 20. Dezember 2013

Having a coffee with the Berlin based model Falko Kremp

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 How did you become a model? 
People have often asked me if I was a model. At the beginning I did not take the questions seriously, but when I got an offer to work as a model for fittings and a fashion show of the ESMOD International University of Art for Fashion, I decided to apply to two model agencies: Modelfabrik and Rockstar Models. At the beginning of 2012 these two agencies added me into their register. Only three months ago I changed to the agency VIVA Models.

What is the most memorable and beautiful compliment that someone has paid you?
„You are special.” Not too long ago somebody paid me this compliment, separate from my job as a model. This melted my heart. Did the work in front of the camera change how you view yourself? I have always been thinking about me and my effect on others. I am very interested in the impression I leave on others. Overall, I would describe myself as a person who is really self-reflective. In this regard, my job as a model has proven to be very helpful. I might even be gaining another perspective of me or be more aware of the impression I leave on others due to my job.

How do you view yourself in a photoshopped picture? Are you able to identify yourself in it?
It depends on the level of modification. The touch ups of skin blemish and other minor details do not change the character of an image. However, I do not appreciate significant changes to a picture. I would like to be able to recognize myself in it, instead of being a rough outline for a photoshop artist. If one were to retouch a photo to the level that one wouldn’t be able to recognize the person captured, you could hire anyone. I do not think that that is the gist of it.

How would you portray a caricature of yourself?
The features that would definitely gain the most attention would be huge circles and bags under the eyes. Another important thing my cartoons face should have is a scar that runs across its whole forehead. Last but not least it should have tried but failed at giving the irresistible George Clooney stare.

Has your awareness for your style increased since you started to work in the fashion industry?
In my opinion, one has to have a special fascination for clothing to work in this industry. Of course it sometimes evolves or intensifies over time but when it comes to me, I have always had an interest in fashion and the way one can dress. In my case nothing has changed since I work as a model regarding my personal style.

How important would you consider clothing when it comes to a persons appearance?
As I studied communications this is a very important aspect for me, also concerning fashion. With gesture, language and clothing one communicates with surrounding people all the time and no one can avoid that. For this reason, I think one should always be careful when it comes to clothing.

Do you care about fashion trends and follow them?
No, but I do pick out certain trends that I like and which I think fit me best. I do have my own personal style already so I just use some trends and make them my own, by adapting them in my way. Quality is also important to me. I make sure that I buy clothing with high quality materials and a good finishing. Quality is certainly not low priced that's why I reckon suits that cost less than 500 euros should be forbidden, they're aesthetically useless as well.
One final question: Is fashion purely a matter of taste?
Fashion is never a question of taste! Taste is definately objective. Probably a ministry for taste is a good solution to prevent bad taste. The former German minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg qualifies to be the head of this ministry due to his flawless taste referring suits. Unfortunately I had to find out that he buys them off the rack.