Style File: Silva Chege

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This week we speak to the editor himself, Silva Chege on his style inspo and much, much more!

Course: Scriptwriting for TV and Film, BU

How would you describe your style in three words?

Eclectic, spontaneous and interesting.

What is your favourite high street shop and why? 

I try to avoid the high street… but, I would probably say Zara, simply because they are constantly replenishing their stock and always bringing new ideas and styles to the high street. I really appreciate that and I quite like it. They’re not afraid to be a little bit outrageous and I always respect that. There’s no point in being safe.

Who is your style icon?

I was talking about this yesterday! There are probably two people right now that I always look to in terms of inspiration. One of them is Harry Styles, especially Harry Styles now. Obviously not in the earlier One Direction days, but the current Harry Styles. He’s fearless, and I’m a firm believer in blending gender boundaries and not dressing to fit a specific gender norm. He’s quite creative and ‘out there’ with his style; he really expresses himself.

Another one is Charli XCX- she is just outrageous! She treats fashion how it should be, which is about entertainment, standing out and embracing individuality (especially for her industry). I really do respect people like that. I try to incorporate that ethos into my own approach to styling and dressing.

What clothing item or accessory could you not live without?

Rings! If I don’t have rings on I feel naked without them. I don’t know what to do with my hands, they feel uncomfortable. Definitely rings. I like the glint when they move into the light, and the weight of them on my fingers is quite reassuring. I just feel really stylish when I have my rings on.

What is the best thing about being a student in 2017?

Everyone is a lot more aware of the issues: people are more innately aware of sexism; intersectionality; male privilege, white privilege. They are much more aware of other people’s lives and how just being who you are can make life more difficult for you. I really do appreciate that. People are stepping out of their own perspective to see the world through other people’s eyes. Students are just a lot more open, a lot more expressive and less afraid of being who they are. People were a lot more reserved ‘back in the day’, but now with this new generation, they’re happy and bold enough to be themselves without having to worry about it.

What are your aspirations for the future?

I certainly want to be established in the film industry. I’m definitely going to have won an Oscar by then- that’s certainly the plan! I just want to constantly push myself creatively: travelling the world, engaging with new and interesting people. Comfort as well, I do want to be comfortable financially and be in a good place in my life – emotionally and spiritually.

What is your current obsession?

There’s one creative called Greta Gerwig and I think she’s a revelation. She’s a breath of fresh air in the cinema industry. Recently she did a film called LadyBird with Saoirse Ronan, which is essentially about a young woman who is very much comfortable in herself and doesn’t seek validation from the outside world or from men in her life. It also explores the mother/daughter relationship in great detail in a very honest way as well. I think Greta is just so enthusiastic about her craft, so hard working and she’s really quirky; I love that. She’s very interesting and you’re not going to find any other person in the industry who sees the world in the way she does. She is incredible.

What item do you never leave the house without?

It’s not necessarily something physical but I would say just open eyes. I like to leave the house with open eyes and really observe the world. When I leave the house I don’t have any data so I have no connection to the internet or anything. I’m really present. I don’t listen to music either so I constantly have my senses about me, which allows me just to see the world honestly and truthfully. I don’t like missing things. It’s nice just to be present and to be there, to see things. I think one problem with our generation is that everyone is absorbed into their second world, the online world. You can often forget what’s in front of you, you miss it, and that’s unfortunate.