My name is Danny Doerksen. I am a 17 year old student from Calgary, Alberta and I’m currently finishing up grade 12! I am hoping to go to either Vancouver or Toronto next year for University, although I’m not quite sure what program I want to go into. I work at the shoe store Steve Madden because I have an unhealthy shoe addiction and I run the blogfashionlesscity.blogspot.com. My other url’s are twitter.com/doerksend113 andlookbook.nu/dannyd
What brought you into having an interest in fashion?
I remember getting into fashion when I was 8 years old when I realized I was getting too old to ask for toys for Christmas. I reluctantly said to myself “I guess I’ll ask for clothes next year” and that sparked my love for fashion! I really got into fashion when I moved to Calgary from Red Deer, a small, hick town, where I wasn’t exposed to fashion beyond Hollister and Abercrombie.
Do you have any other artistic interests other than fashion?
Other than fashion, I do competitive Irish Dance, for which I’m going to the World Championships for in Belfast, Ireland in April and the North American Championships in Chicago in July.
Does anybody or anything inspire you to dress the way you do?
I don’t have any particular inspirations, although I love to gather ideas from the men of lookbook.nu. I mostly just dress to the beat of my own drum and buy what I think will look good on me.
Where are your favorite places to shop?
If I had to choose one store to only buy clothes from for the rest of my life, it would be Club Monaco. I adore their stuff. I also love Zara, H&M, Banana Republic, Steve Madden, Topshop, Scotch and Soda (if they have my size), and River Island.
What are your must have favorite items of clothing?
I must have my scarves and my shoes. I love to accessorize with my scarves and a great pair of shoes, I find, really completes an outfit.
If you have a blog what is it focused on?
My blog, fashionlesscity.blogspot.com, mostly focuses on what I wear on a day-to-day basis, but I feature some of my friends and coworkers as well to showcase some female outfits as well. I like to express what I like about an outfit and how certain colours and textures work together. I tell people I have no design skills whatsoever, but I can put and outfit together like none other, and I want to help others do the same.
What is your favorite season in regards of the clothing you get to wear?
As much as I hate winter, dressing for it I find to be the easiest. I am a bit self-conscious about how lanky I am, and showing off my body in the summer is not something I look forward to. I love dressing for fall/winder because I get to layer my outfits and wear big sweaters and cardigans (which come in handy when its -30oC). I love the colours of fall and the coolness and crispness that it brings, and I love to take that into consideration when I plan an outfit.
What’s some of your favorite bands and artists at the moment?
Coldplay has always been my #1 favourite band; I can never get enough of them! As welI, recently downloaded The Fray’s new album, Scars and Stories, and it has been playing on my iPod and in my car non-stop. I also love Gotye, Eliie Goulding, Keane, Adele, and Foster the People.
Do you have any ambitions pursuing fashion? Or are you going to pursue something else?
I really don’t know what I want to do as far as a career goes right now, but if I go into business I would love to end up in the fashion industry. However, I’ve been giving some serious thought to psychology, so if I go in that direction, I can’t see myself working in fashion. Guess I’ll just have to wait and see.
What are your favorite accessories at the moment?
I love my scarves. I have Ikea hooks filled with scarves in my room and I don’t think there is an outfit I could wear that I wouldn’t have a scarf to go with. The reason I love scarves so much is because of the dimension and texture they add. It’s more than just layering t-shirts under cardigans under blazers.
What is your most treasured item of clothing?
My most treasured item of clothing at the moment is my anchor bow tie from Zara. It was my first bow tie I bought and it only fed my love for nautical clothes. I think it’s just the cutest thing in the world and I try not to wear it too often to keep it special.
Is there anything you feel people should know about you?
I love to travel, and will take up any opportunity I get. As well, I am very interested in American politics, and particularly what is going on in gay rights. I think I focus on the US because in Canada, gays are completely equal under the law. In the states, however, there is so much that is illegal for gays that I take for granted every day. I would love to see huge advances in gay rights over my lifetime 🙂