Closets@Brown: Blake Nosratian

May 9, 2016

Interview by Clarice Brough and Adam Malkin

Photographs by Lauren Shin

Blake Nosratian '17 is an International Relations concentrator from Los Angeles, California. He’s involved with Ivy Film Festival and has recently come onto the theater scene with his debut performance in Carousel. However, Blake also has a certain style about him, and we wanted to know more. So here you have it: a much sought-after glimpse into his wardrobe and lifestyle.

Alright, Blake, what’s your go-to outfit?
Just pants and a t-shirt. If I’m feeling bold I’ll throw on a sweater, too. This one’s from my dad. He bought it when he came here from Iran to go to medical school in the Bronx. It was the ‘80s. It’s rustic, and I feel like it has a lot of sentimental value. I wear it when I want to stand out, too. You can’t get it just anywhere. It’s one of a kind.

Oh, that’s a great story--like father, like son. So what piece of yours best reflects your personal style?
This navy coat. It’s very modern and simple, but also elegant. Slimming, too. Or maybe my Nike Roshe. Wearable in whatever context.

So essential! And what piece are you currently obsessed with?
These pants are from Clover on Westminster Street. They’ve got a European feel to them, and they go with anything; they’re casual, but I’ve also worn them to more formal parties and gallery openings.

Pants: Chapter

Pants: Chapter

Very cheeky. So what do you have the most of in your closet?
Definitely peacoats. I love all outerwear in general. I’m from Los Angeles, but I came here to wear scarves and coats. There’s just so much room for creativity, like wearing both this navy coat and a black one in the winter. Even a gray one. This gray one is cool too.

Wow, you really know how to mix it up. What’s one piece of style advice that you can share with our readers?
Everything looks better in black. Darkness is my aesthetic.

Mysterious. Have you ever committed a major fashion faux pas?
Please.

Okay, we’ll leave it at that. How about your favorite place to find clothes?
Jacobs by Marc Jacobs for Marc by Marc Jacobs in collaboration with Marc Jacobs for Marc by Marc Jacobs.

Haven’t heard of it. Favorite labels?
A.P.C., Vince, Theory, No Nationality, Maison Kitsuné, Helmut Lang, Comune, and Ted Baker. This coat is by Ted Baker. It’s cool because at first glance you think it’s just a coat, but it has a detachable vest. So that’s fun. And this coat is by No Nationality. I love the Peter Pan collar.

Coat: Ted Baker

Coat: Ted Baker

Coat: No Nationality

Coat: No Nationality

Coat: No Nationality

Coat: No Nationality

Blake Nosratian: The Man of Many Coats. So what’s the quirkiest thing you own? 
This combo. I have a lot of band shirts, as I’m really into music. I get a lot of my stuff from this thrift shop in LA called Wasteland. I wear the headband to really take things to the next level. I bought it at the same place that I got the scarf on the lamp. They’re from a thrift shop in Topanga Canyon, which is kind of a hippie area.

We love it. Ok, who is your style icon, and is there a particular media outlet (magazine, website, blog, Instagram account, etc.) that you think our readers should check out for some #fab fashion?
My style icon is Gustav Klimt is this photo…

…as well as every character from David Lynch’s Twin Peaks. What a show. *sigh*

As far as media outlets go, I like LOOKBOOK.eu, Opening Ceremony, and Dazed. LOOKBOOK is especially useful for the aspiring fashionista on a budget.

Always important. What three words best describe your personal style?
Health-goth, cyberpunk, dystopian.

Alright, so how did you come to develop such a style?
I grew up in a household with three girls watching shows like Project Runway and America’s Next Top Model. So that explains that.

That it does. Any final thoughts? More pieces you want to show us? 
This Radiohead shirt. Another band tee. Radiohead is my all-time favorite band and a huge part of my identity. I’m seeing them for the first time in Amsterdam in May, and then at a couple more spots on their tour. I’m going on a road trip to San Francisco with my friends; we go to Outside Lands every year and they’re headlining this time.

This Bauhaus shirt is cool too. I’m becoming increasingly enraptured by architecture and design. I’m in Contemporary Architecture right now, and Professor Neumann is amazing. My dream would be to work as an architect. Maybe in my next life. Anyway, I also really like this suede sweatshirt. I get a lot of hugs when I wear it.  

Coat: Ted Baker, Sweatshirt: Shades of Grey

Coat: Ted Baker, Sweatshirt: Shades of Grey

Moral of the style profile: If you see Blake wearing his suede sweatshirt, make sure to give the guy a hug.