What does fashion and style mean to you?
Trisha: My personal style is very black, simple but comfortable. I think being comfortable is really important, I'm kind of low-key, unfussy and when it comes to fashion. For me, it's a means of finding what helps me feel comfortable in my body in terms of how I look and represent myself but also just feeling comfortable in my own skin.
Darren: It's funny when I think about when I was younger, like in high school, I was much more expressive - I don't think I had any clothes that I didn't intentionally paint on to make it my own. As I've gotten older it's become a little more practical. Stylistically, I definitely think people can tell that I'm from LA, the stuff I wear it's a little more street, but comfortable. Also, being artists, or me mainly because I do most of the painting, I get paint on everything so naturally I think my clothes really tell a story that I'm a painter. I love nice clothes but it's gonna be ruined, even if I try my hardest not to. We always have friends say like 'oh man you guys look like artists' and it's not like we're trying to you just can't help it.
Do you remember what your style was like when you first met each other?
Darren: When we first met each other in ArtCentre I was still wearing stuff I had painted. I liked going to thrift stores and finding really old clothes, I liked anything that wasn't normal, like really bright. I remember I had this highlighter yellow jacket that was really big, and I painted a big piece on the back.
What are your hopes for 2021?
Trisha: That's what you were wearing when we met! California weather too, it's very mild, so we get terribly cold in very mild temperatures. A lot of Californians have this weird combination of a jacket on top and sandals on the bottom. I remember he was wearing that bright yellow windbreaker jacket with shorts and sandals and like a trucker hat. For me at that time, which is like the beginning of college, right out of high school, I didn't really have a sense of fashion, it was just purely what was comfortable. I think I was just wearing a hoodie and jeans but normally I would wear my brothers t-shirts and my P.E shorts or like a nice flowery top with P.E shorts.
Just that it's better than 2020! This year, one of the things that was difficult was seeing a lot of division and disunity. I'm hoping for 2021, I think it might be considered unrealistic, but I just really hope that people realise that we're not all that dissimilar, we have a lot of shared experiences and I think difficulty brings out the best and worst in people, so I'm constantly hoping for the best.