This week’s StyleCrush is life-long New Yorker, Magdalena Truchan of the Pretty Cripple blog. A first generation Polish-American, Truchan’s family emigrated from Poland in the ’60s and settled in Queens. Truchan has traveled with the assistance of a wheelchair since the ’90s. With a love of art, music, artisanal food, great fashion — especially hats! — global politics and her animals, she works as a graphic designer and artist.
Wear Your Voice: How do you describe your style? What informs it?
Magdalena Truchan: Vintage-meets-high-end mashup with a bit of “I don’t give a shit.”
WYV: What inspired your blog?
MT: Friends have coaxed me into writing a blog for years. Finally a dude I met on OKCupid.com told me to do it, and so I did. I have no clue why it took a stranger to convince me to start one, but he was a creative, funny sort. That one last opinion was the catalyst to starting it. It is funny how sometimes we don’t listen to friends, but strangers.
WYV: Who are your three top StyleCrushes?
MT: Catherine Baba, Beatrix Ost and Nick Wooster. Beatrix is in her 70s and is a tsunami of style, confidence and creativity. Not too many dames can get away with dying their hair purple at her age without looking like they have gone mad. She is a breathing, consummate work of art.
Catherine Baba is a fashion stylist with impeccable, grand style. She can piece together so many looks flawlessly and get on a bicycle with heels and ride around Paris as if she is wearing something comfy from LuluLemon. Not too many can rock out a turban the way she can.
Designer and brand consultant Nick Wooster is one of the most stylish men out there. He understands how clothes should fit and understands how to accessorize. From his hair all the way down to his shoes, Nick makes you stop in your tracks to stare. I wish more men could emulate his style. Then again, you need a fat wallet to do so.
WYV: Where do you shop? What are your favorite brands/designers?
MT: Sacai is such an amazing women’s fashion designer I can’t take it. I am a bit obsessed with Japanese style, food and culture. She is high-end urban and sporty. She has a wonderful eye [for] how to deconstruct fabrics and piece them in a beautiful drape. I gifted myself a top by her a month ago, and just sit there staring and caressing it. It is amazing what Yohji Yamamoto can do with fabric, pleating and textile innovation. Thom Browne is a master tailor. His clothing is intricately woven and daring. His theatrical New York Fashion Week shows are so creative and conceptual. I can’t wait for September to see what he has brewing for next spring.
WYV: How do you wear your voice?
MT: From every pore and orifice of my body. I am loud, direct, honest and beat my own drum without obsessing about what people think. I hate the PC, touchy-feely culture, where everyone is afraid to say what they mean because someone’s feelings might get hurt. Irreverence is a good thing. It is OK to be offended. If something offends you, then move on. Life is too short to troll on social media. I love to be creative, interact with people and see what makes them tick. We have a lot to learn from each other. Mostly I love to make people laugh and inspire them to look in a mirror and turn on the style. It is work, but worth it. A boring ol’ track set just won’t do. Turn it up a notch and find a hat that works for you. They are the ultimate accessory.