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CHAPTER 5 - CAROLINE

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To celebrate 40 years of Vara, Salvatore Ferragamo reveals a new model every month, interpreted by women from different walks of life, connected by a common thread of femininity and casual elegance.

CAROLINE

Caroline Issa is the fashion director and CEO of London based bi-annual Tank Magazine, whose innate sense of style has led her to become a street style icon. We catch up with her about her unique business background in the fashion industry and her personal take on what makes for a fashion classic.


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Tell us more about yourself and your longstanding relation with fashion.

I’ve always loved fashion since reading fashion magazines from the time I was a teenager, to the past 17 years working with Tank Magazine and getting to attend all the fashion shows and meeting all the designers and getting to support young and established talent. Fashion is a place to reflect your personality, and show off aspects of your mood using clothes, shoes, accessories and it’s an amazing tool to add layers to what you actually want to say.?

You come from a rich multi-cultural background, how much of a role did it play in shaping your personal aesthetic?

I count myself lucky to be born into a multicultural background, I think all the rich Chinese and Lebanese-Iranian?heritage I have, has allowed me to be very open and curious about every culture and to always want to learn more.?

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How much does your business background influence your unique take of fashion??

Having studied economics in university and then coming to the fashion industry from an atypical background, was immensely helpful in terms of gaining a sound understanding of the business of fashion. You need to have great commercial partnerships and collaborations for the industry to thrive and at the same time its has given me a great appreciation for pure creativity and the freedom of expression and the understanding of how business can help expression and creativity to thrive as well.?

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You have had the opportunity to live all around the world - how has that helped you develop a trained eye for fashion and culture?

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I leap at the chance to discover new things! That’s led me to love across many cities around the world - whether it’s San Francisco, Philadelphia, Singapore and now london for the last 17 years - each city has given me a great taste for community and the different ways societies come together to share culture food fashion and architecture and design.

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You have had the opportunity to live all around the world - how has that helped you develop a trained eye for fashion and culture?

I leap at the chance to discover new things! That’s led me to move across many cities around the world - whether it’s San Francisco, Philadelphia, Singapore and now london for the last 17 years - each city has given me a great taste for community and the different ways societies come together to share culture food fashion and architecture and design.

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What, according to you, makes a fashion timeless??

Jean Cocteau once said that 'style is a simple way of saying complicated things'. I love that sentiment in which timeless style becomes a true classic, much like the Vara in which it can pack a punch for a very long time. A classic design that cuts across generations, style, matters of taste and live in your wardrobe as something you want to pull out time and again.?


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