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Jana Pijak, Trend Hunter (INTERVIEW)

Pijak Discusses This Artistic Louis Vuitton Installation

— January 29, 2013 — About
In between laughter and smiles, Contributing Editor Jana Pijak unveils her favorite Louis Vuitton installation, which combines world renowned artist Yayoi Kusama's polka dot pieces with the fashion brands collection. Her choice of trend comes as no surprise, as Ms. Pijak is quite an avid fashion connoisseur in her own right. Aside from showcasing her passion for fashion, she also discloses some personal albeit charming aspects about her life.

What is your favorite trend and why?

My favorite trend is polka dot pictorials, which is a Louis Vuitton installation. It is a fashion video incorporating sculpture and artist Yayoi Kusama's work along with Louis Vuitton's fashion collection. Her work is all about polka-dots so she does various sculptures, light shows, different things. What really caught my eye was it almost looks like a constellation and that's what she's done with the collection as well. All these patterns and textiles that kind of emulate her work have been brought to the clothes of Louis Vuitton.

How do you define cool?

I define cool with the philosophy of more is more. Not in a sense of being over the top, but in a sense that I believe that you should try things, you should go out of your way just to be yourself. I meet a lot of people that see things, whether it is style, whether it is art and they just don't believe that they could pull it off, that they can engage with it. It is just about not being afraid, just seeing things and experiencing things.

What is your secret to uncovering the best trends?

My secret to uncovering the best trends is looking at the past, looking at nostalgia and popular culture because obviously everything comes back in style. I just think that's where all of the best fashion is coming from -- it is coming back from the olden days.

What is your favorite part about Trend Hunter?

My favorite thing about working at Trend Hunter is the people and beer Friday. I can't think of any other place I have worked where you can have a fun time with the staff but you still keep it professional. You still talk about what you did and engage creatively in a fun way. You get to know the people and the staff, which was really awesome.

How do you reset to be creative?

When I am not being creative, I reset by getting away from my work. I go and watch a lot of television, which I know is terrible and going shopping, as bad as that is. It calms me down a little bit even if I don't buy anything.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was little I wanted to be a star when I grew up. This is very embarrassing but I was very shy and I still am. I still always feel like I have a little something. I feel like I may be too old to be a star but I try to be a star in my own light.

What is your favorite accomplishment?

My favorite accomplishment is going far away from my intended career path, which was interior design and discovering what I really wanted to do, which is being involved in fashion, media and writing. Trend Hunter was a great first step to doing that. I am really glad that I found that out about myself.

Any other thoughts about Trend Hunter?

Happy billion views Trend Hunter!