Anna October, Fashion Designer (Paris via Kyiv)
The places I go to often or the places where special things have happened to me become part of my identity. Even when I’m somewhere just for a few days, I like to imagine that I live there; the vibe of the people in a place I love influences my identity. But I mostly identify with my native land. Since I’ve been living between two countries it’s become more vivid. I’m 100% Ukrainian, this is my identity, but living in Paris brings a new palette into my personality and I am getting inspired by this place; my habits and even my movements are changing. I’m navigating it easily, and there’s no need to adapt really—I’m feeling the energy of the new cultural experiences and I’m going for it.
On guiding principles
Being true to myself and the people around me in everything I do. Being always present and doing 101%. Appreciating people and relations more than achievements. Never dramatizing—knowing in any highs and lows that it’s not going to be like this forever. These are the guiding principles I figured out through living my life and through evolving. Being attuned to the changes around me and in my attitude helps to continue evolving and appreciate all that’s coming.
Photography by Stanislas Motz-Neidhart
Styling by Laetitia Paul