“I’m feeling 90’s conceptual grungy punk grandma at the moment,” reveals Masha Orlov as she scans the clothing rack in her living room. This may sound somewhat A-D-Disorderly and unpractical to some of you but it is just the kind of existential phase one can expect from a colorful girl like Masha. “This here is just what I got in Europe this past month,” she reflects with a hint of excitement. “I bought so much stuff. By the time I got to Italy I didn’t dare to go shopping anymore. My suitcases were so full I didn’t even go to the flea market!” Like most stylists, Masha Orlov is a die hard shopper and she loves vintage. When I look around her apartment there are bags and boxes and towers of clothing everywhere. But her passion is not just a random obsession. Every season she undertakes a focused mission to find her new staple coat, hat, glasses and shoes and adds on to her finely edited collection of Comme des Garcons, Junya Watanabe and Christian Lacroix. When winter descends upon New York, her summer clothes are stored in the basement. And a new Masha begins to occupy the Upper West side apartment.
When I meet Masha she is just getting over a cold. Her place smells like garlic, but in a good way. “When I heard you guys were coming over I stuffed myself with garlic all weekend.” I am accompanied by a team of three from Stylecaster.com, a wildly popular on-line magazine run by Emily Finkbinder, formerly of Interview Magazine. A photographer is taking (these amazing!) photos and an editor is leading our interview. We don’t mind the smell. We are too wrapped up in Masha’s World, where the wall art is funny and the pillows are embroidered.
“Oh and I collect rock and roll t-shirts too!”