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Talks on Fashion, Part Six

Mgr.art. Michaela Bednárová
Puojd s.r.o, June 5, 2017

We’ve got one very feminine interview for the International Women’s Day with Janka Chrappová about fashion, work, and motherhood. Marika Beňadik Majorová was shooting and interviewing in gorgeous Fach’s space Fach

Jana Gappa Chrappová, Photo: Marika Beňadik Majorová
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Jana Gappa Chrappová, Photo: Marika Beňadik Majorová

You work in the best-selling fashion magazine Eva. Does it influence how you see fashion and your wardrobe itself?

When I started to work for Eva, I realised I don’t know much about fashion. It’s left some mark over the years, but I still feel like Alice in Wonderland. Lost, astonished, unsure. What have I missed out on again? What is OUT in my closet? So, that’s maybe it. I’ve learned to tell quality fashion apart. I’m trying to avoid seasonal stuff. In our editorial office, Mirka Danielová, fashion editor, holds a protective hand over the right style. She’s told me off with love a couple of times. I consider what to wear more, but it’s not my priority. I must admit that I don’t like shopping in stores, I hate trying on in cabins. That’s why I value Michaela’s concept.

From the outside your work may seem enviable because you’re in everyday touch with designers, artists, celebrities, and different brands flood you with products, samples, and they invite you to events. What do you like about your job best?

Sure! There’s a lot to envy about working for Eva; because we’ve got great girls in the office (boys too, of course). I previously worked in culture, marketing, and TV. It was a great experience. But Eva is freedom, fresh breeze, creativity, and inspiring people. Now that I’m on maternity leave, I mostly miss our meetings – we always have a good laugh during brainstorming, and we also come up with some interesting topics. And as you’ve mentioned in your question: designers, artists, interesting folks … Introducing young talented people is exactly what makes sense to me.

Jana Gappa Chrappová, Photo: Marika Beňadik Majorová
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Jana Gappa Chrappová, Photo: Marika Beňadik Majorová

What’s your experience with original Slovak, or Czech, production? Do you own pieces from local designers?

I’ve got Puojd, that goes without saying ;) A hoodie, dress, socks. From the latest collection, poppies appeal to me, and I also started to like the piece you see me in in photos. For Christmas, I gave myself a skirt from Lenka Sršňová, and I can’t wait until it gets warm. From the Czech designers, during one of the first Urban Markets, the Czech brand Segrasegra caught my eye. And I’m not even a passionate cyclist. I’ll also brag with a piece that does not come from our region: dress by Galliano. I take care of it, so I’ve worn it just once … I like projects like Hento Toto, I was wearing their hoodie all winter, or Dearfriends tees. I also like quality jewellery; then you don’t need to have many because they’re timeless and suit every occasion. For example those from Michaela Gorcová, Lucia Šemeláková, Viktoria Münzker, Tatiana Lesajová (Metaformi), or Tamara Procházková (Tamarchi).

Jana Gappa Chrappová, Photo: Marika Beňadik Majorová
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Jana Gappa Chrappová, Photo: Marika Beňadik Majorová

What are the most important points you consider when choosing clothing?

Clothes often choose me rather than I pick them. I just pass by a shop window, and suddenly, something shouts to me: Take me! So I like nice pieces, but they aren’t always easy to combine with the rest of my closet. I’m trying to be more cautious. Apart from liking a piece and that it suits me, it must fit stuff in my wardrobe and I, of course, check quality, too, it can’t shrink in first washing. If I hesitate even a tiny bit, I don’t buy.

In making the Village collection, Miška asked how we see strengths and weaknesses that we want to fix with clothing. During fittings, I had the impression that everything you’ve tried suited you. Isn’t perception of weaknesses just our overly-critical view of self?

It’s definitely so. That’s just who we are. We find it hard to accept compliments. We cover them up saying: “You just think I’ve lost some weight, it’s the black pants …” The problem is that we compare ourselves with others. What we notice about other women is exactly what we aren’t happy about in ourselves. According to research, we don’t style ourselves for men, but for other women because we know they judge us.
When we were trying on Miška’s models, I had a good feeling about it, too. They actually fit. Miška is a genius!

Jana Gappa Chrappová, Photo: Marika Beňadik Majorová
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Jana Gappa Chrappová, Photo: Marika Beňadik Majorová

We’ve got girls in almost the same age. Maternity radically simplified my wardrobe, I’ve moved to so-called “maternal minimal”; I wear few pieces that I’m sure about. What’s your experience with this period of your life?

It’s the same with me. My maternal minimal gradually transforms to all fields of life. I’ve not only reduced my wardrobe. But I’m not a sweat pants mum. I’m always trying to look stylish. I wouldn’t like to discourage future mums with my decimated outfit.