interview by Anna Fitz
On her blog, Geometric Sleep, Laia takes an intelligent approach to fashion. Rather than focusing on outfit pictures (although she does occasionally take some), you can find her deconstructing runway shows or pursuing various creative projects like her zine, the Holy Child.
Where did the name for your blog come from?
I lived in a crappy mice-ridden apartment in Philadelphia my junior year of college. To make matters worse, I slept on a futon that was essentially on the floor so I was always paranoid that a mouse was going to get in bed with me. So one night it got to be too much and I ended up crashing on my roommate’s bed. I guess I was so worried that I wouldn’t hit her on the face, or accidentally spoon her or whatever, that I had these crazy dreams where I had to accommodate myself on the bed like a Tetris piece. INSANITY! When I woke up in the morning, the first thing I thought was, “man, I just had such geometric sleep!” I thought that was a really weird thing, so when I started the blog a few months later, that’s what I called it. I’m glad I didn’t overthink it and just went with it.
Who are your style icons?
I have women whose style I admire, but I don’t know that I would say they are icons (at least not yet). Visionaire editor Cecilia Dean always looks amazing, and even if she’s wearing a total runway “IT” piece, she always makes it her own. And, you know, the usuals like Charlotte Gainsbourg, Lou Doillon, the Olsens (although lately it’s been mostly Mary-Kate, haha) and Vogue contributing editor Lauren Santo Domingo. I guess it’s really just women who wear whatever they want and shy away from wearing a head-to-toe “look”.
In an age where independent fashion publishing is dominated by style blogs, why did you feel it was important to make a print zine? Did you ever make zines before when you were younger? Were they always fashion related?
I love magazines. It’s really that simple. I studied graphic design in college and became totally obsessed with making/designing magazines after I took a publication design class junior year. I was feeling like an uncreative bum since I finished school and needed something to feel productive again so the zine was the next logical step. Funnily enough, although when I was little I was always “planning” on making zines, I never actually made them. I was always cutting up magazines and making collaged journals, though, which seems like kind of a zine-y thing to do. They weren’t solely fashion related, but it was definitely a prominent component.