Unisexy w/ Brian Lichtenberg
obessession. He designs for both the ladies and gents, and you might have heard of BL since he's famous for dressing M.I.A [Paper Planes was stuck in my head on a loop a month ago] and Peaches. And he's also been in Nylon Magazine, Paper Mag, and most recently, Oyster Mag.
[looks from spring/summer collection...don't you just dig the dress? it's even cuter in spreads]
The much feared question...what inspires you? (in general or as of recent)
My spring/summer collection was inspired by slime, slimer from the ghostbusters, toxic waste, and how clothes could morph if effected, drip and warp. fall/winter is a bit of a surprise until I show during la fashion week this spring.
What draws you to work with those graffiti-like graphic prints, neons, and holographic materials?
Definitely my childhood, growing up in the 80s/90s, fantasy and adventure movies of that era, my obsession with sequins and anything shiny and or reflective.
In high school you were the kid who _______________.
Dyed his hair every color of the rainbow and then some. I was voted 'most original' and people thought I dressed weird. I've definitely mellowed out since then.
Have any advice to those who want to pursue any career in design?
If its in your heart, go for it.
I hate the idea of exclusivity...but Who is the girl/guy that buys B.L.?
I've noticed that alot of the people that wear brian lichtenberg are style icons, fashion forward kids and free thinkers/artists...lately its been alot of guys but when I started making clothing 8 years ago the majority of my clientele and the things I made were for women so the flux of sexes is interesting as I make more unisexy type items now.
My friend had a shop in la where he allowed me to sell anything I made, I worked up confidence after positive feedback from friends and customers and good sales to shop it around locally and make a bit of a name for myself. I used to make everything myself and mostly one of a kind up until a few years ago, I still do alot of one-offs and customwear as well.
What are your Fav haunts in L.A?
Downtown la, I feel like its my second home. My friends gallery/boutique called New High (M)art that features the work and enviornment installation by a different designer every 6 weeks, and also I love the club Mustache Mondays downtown at Charlie O's, they play the best dance music and have performances every week.
One Random question: do you have any pets? (names? type?...)
No pets now but when I was growing up I had pet fish and a fire bellied water lizard that was so cute. Oh and also a cat named taco. //
where BL is sold:
(gold panelled leggings sold KIN on sunset blvd and JOYRICH on melrose.)