In episode 92, Kestrel welcomes Lyn Slater, the woman behind Accidental Icon, to the show. A cultural influencer, professor, model, writer, content creator and speaker, Lyn has been featured in Women’s Wear Daily, Refinery29, WhoWhatWear, and more. She shares the true story of how she got the name Accidental Icon, and how it wasn't as much of an accidental story as the press has led us to think.
"She is the woman who ... does not consume garments, she lives her life in them and dresses honestly."
-Lyn Slater, Accidental Icon
Throughout this episode, Kestrel and Lyn discuss ideas around whether or not fashion and consumption innately have to go hand-in-hand. Lyn shares her distinct thoughts on personal style or "no style", and how she's always been interested in the connection between dressing and identity. Additionally, Lyn outlines how she has always used fashion in what she calls a "performative way" to express her identity at any given time in the world.
For Lyn, she has never let her education get stagnant - she is always pushing forward to keep up, to understand more, and to continue to learn.
The below thoughts, ideas + organizations were brought up in this chat:
- Yohji Yamamoto, designer Lyn often wears
- Orange Fiber, by Ferragamo
- Parsons School Of Design, building their fashion program around sustainability
- "It's also for me a really supreme act of creativity - I get a lot of pleasure from composing an outfit. It's almost like sculpting and clothes and accessories are my materials that I use." -Lyn
- "I'm experimenting with who I am, and I'm doing it every day and all the time, and clothes are a big part of it." -Lyn
- Tavi Gevinson, Editor-In-Chief of Rookie Magazine
- The Crossroads of Should And Must by Elle Luna
- "Remember you're always an educator, but not a lecturer." -Lyn
- The Craftivist Collective, UK-based gentle activism approach to change
This week's Conscious Chatter episode is brought to you by: Soluna Collective, an eco and ethical design company that makes products for your home. As a company, they respect the environment and the people living in it.