Fritz Donnelly, 29, "performance artist/sculptor of fun social experiences" (tothehills.com); and Christina Clare Donnelly, 29, "vintage slice-and-dicer and conceptual-art fun-time maker for HiChristina" (hichristina.com); Williamsburg, Brooklyn
His personal style: "HiChristina chic! I wear anything I can dance in or run in if I'm late. I wear clothes that break the ice and create conversations or excuses to play."
Her personal style: "A mishmash of different fabrics and styles that together make a single unified piece. I try to do this with every outfit I wear, and with every design I come up with. Wearing clashing yet somehow complementary patterns and textiles together takes a certain sort of, say, insanity. Sometimes it's high fashion, other times it's yikes."
His inspirations: "Christina is my biggest inspiration. Next to her is the person on the street. I like when clothes make things fun, light and evoke curiosity. I like an outfit that represents different things to different people but is always something strong. And I like wearing clothes that say and do something counter-normative, such as when Jeff Stark of NonsenseNYC (nonsensenyc.com) clothed 100 Occupy Wall Street participants in suits and ties."
Her inspirations: "Whatever is around me, from the big pile of trash on the corner to a ritzy, glittery storefront on Madison Avenue. There is inspiration and love to be found in anything and everything."
His favorite stores: "When I first met her, Christina ran a [now-closed] clothing boutique on the Lower East Side called Slip. It featured her vintage reconstructions. There are still stores down there run by young ladies who feature local designers. Werk (9 Clinton St between E Houston and Stanton Sts; 646-476-9100, cantspellit.com) is one such emerald of local culture. Another cool vintage boutique is Isobel Arnberg (280 Mulberry St between E Houston and Jersey Sts; 646-823-9071, isobelarnberg.tumblr.com), where inspiring fashion designer Alisha Trimble hosted one of our HiChristina variety shows. But my favorite store is outdoors. It's a piece of sidewalk on Ludlow Street between Rivington and Stanton Streets where a lady regularly hangs clothes on a metal fence. This is a free store and fun to browse at midnight on weekends." Her favorite stores: "The Salvation Army (112 Fourth Ave between 11th and 12th Sts; 212-673-2741, salvationarmyusa.org) in the East Village. You've got to dig, but sometimes you'll find a treasure there. The Goodwill (1704 Second Ave between 88th and 89th Sts; 212-831-1830, goodwillny.org) on the Upper East Side has crazy designer hand-me-downs. I also make a lot of clothes for myself and others, so I also like digging around my own Williamsburg studio."
His signature accessories: "Leggings and sparkles, although it's an evolving script."
His favorite designer: "Christina's clothing is vintage reconstruction, and the majority of my men's shirts are from her line, Christina Clare. I think this is the one item that men can be expressive in regardless of their job: long-sleeved, collared shirts."
Her favorite designer: "I really admire H. Fredriksson's (hfredriksson.com) creations. Flowing and feminine, [designer Helena Fredriksson's] work is simple yet somehow amazingly intricate."
His New York style icons: "I like unintentional style icons, like the man who roller-skates and sings in a pop-can suit. I think evening wear is about what's under your clothes, and daytime wear is about your activities or profession—what you do. If you work at night, you work naked."
Her New York style icon: "Iris Apfel. Her distinctive glasses and playful wardrobe looks good at the grocery or gallery."
How his style has evolved: "In grade school, I wore camouflage. In high school, I went barefoot and wore doctor's smocks and carried my books in an external-frame backpack. In college, I wore boots and a cowboy hat and jeans when herding cattle or bucking bales. After college, I went to China and wore white suits, but couldn't find a laundry, so I never washed them; I just gave them away when they got dirty. I came back to America and wore a bus operator's sweater and old-man pants, alternated with a Mao shirt and homemade shorts. When I arrived in New York City, my style started [to transition to] sparkle and spandex. The summer wool pants gave way to sequined leg warmers, and the straight-collared shirts began to mix and mesh [into one another]."
How her style has evolved: "Less overalls, more heels, I'd say."
His favorite salon: "I go to the Russian & Turkish Baths (268 E 10th St between First Ave and Ave A; 212-674-9250, russianturkishbaths.com) on my birthday. I like to cut my hair with an eye toward options, possibilities, mistakes: DIY haircuts as part of a social experience. So I'll take a midnight haircut under the lamppost outside the venue, or on a high stool in the center of the party. Christina cleans up whatever mess I come back with; she's good at shaping the hedge."
Her favorite salon: "Sometimes I go to an old friend, Daniel Rechelbacher, at his private salon, 2b (80 Nassau St between Fulton and John Sts, apartment 2B; 917-597-8614, salon2b.com). Or, I'll cut off a piece here or there if left to my own devices!"
How his career influences his style: "The wilder I dress, the easier it is to believe in what I say. My job is a catalyst for fun social experiences, and combines suspension of disbelief with the power of suggestion, so the outfits are a kind of an aphrodisiac for my work."
How her career influences her style: "As a performance artist who frequently hosts shows, I feel absolute freedom to wear a few items that I may think twice about wearing otherwise. For instance, my 'kitchen supply' outfit that consists of sponges, plastic wrap, two conspicuously placed cupcake tins and a small cookie sheet. And there are more sparkles at work! Which means a lot, because there are already tons of sparkles in my daily attire."
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