Stevan Ristić is a designer from Serbia. His collection at Belgrade Fashion Week [pictured] takes inspiration from ancient Egypt, featuring striking Mau prints (sacred Egyptian cats) and slashes of yellow symbolic of Ra, god of the sun. Leaping from the catwalk, Stevan chats creativity, love, coffee and chocolate.
DISORDER: What are you working on right now?
STEVAN RISTIĆ: Developing my new brand, St.EVAN. I want it to merge the things that surround us; [from the] material to the mental – politics, nationality, science, history – and the human energy that connects us.
What people, places or things inspire you?
Mostly, people and human work. The things that surround us, human evolution over time, non-granular intelligence, unconditional love, emotions, feelings, pain… I also find inspiration in places I have travelled, like Northern and Western Europe, and Asian countries – Nepal, China, Hong Kong, Vietnam.
What artists turn you on?
The designer and artist who always left me breathless and who will be my eternal inspiration is Alexander McQueen. Besides him, with great respect, I must mention Vivienne Westwood.
Who do you want to be when you grow up?
Myself. Possessing the power to find in people their essence [and encouraging them] to be what they are, authentic and original, without copying others.
What’s the secret of your success?
To see things as they are and turn them into art.
What has been the biggest surprise/lesson along the way?
Each day is a lesson, whether [in my] personal life, business or love.
What do you like to eat or drink?
Coffee and chocolate. Coffee because it's exotic. Chocolate because it's erotic. Haha.
Where/when do you feel most yourself?
I find myself when I listen to my favourite music. Because music creates a variety of ideas – thoughts, moments, emotions – from which I later want to turn into the design that I am working on.
What injustice do you hate the most? / What would you most like to change in the world?
The biggest injustice is discrimination. I don’t want peace in the world; I want harmony. And 100% use of human intelligence.
What is your dominant characteristic?
What do you appreciate most in your friends/coworkers?
[That they] recognise what I am and accept me. Because of the freedom of existence it offers.
How do you want to be remembered?
I want to be remembered for my work and spirit. Because it is immortal.
Unpaid endorsement: what can you recommend?
Clothing with good materials; long shirts, short sweatshirts and short jackets.
What is your idea of happiness?
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