To celebrate the debut of Closet Case, the model and stylist who's 'not embarrassed to be embarrassed' dissects her wardrobe – including a custom Lego cap and 'Scarface' jacket
"I like to collect things that are not considered cool at all, like bumbags,” says Argentinian model and stylist Tati Cotliar, the star of our brand new series Closet Case (and of campaigns for Prada, Marc Jacobs and Proenza Schouler, to name a few). In the film – directed by young London favourite Mollie Mills – Cotliar discusses the power of dressing up and expressing her infectious personality through clothes – "I'm not embarrassed to be embarrased!" she laughs. To celebrate its release, we asked Cotliar to pick out her favourite items in her wacky, wonderfully vibrant wardrobe, and share some stories on how they came to be there. From a self-customised, spray-painted bumbag and a Scarface bomber jacket, one thing’s for sure – she’s is not afraid to make a statement.
VINTAGE SCARFACE BOMBER JACKET
"I am obsessed with sportswear at the moment, and always loved the body language that a bomber jacket allows you to have, it's all about comfort and slouchiness. There is nothing more appealing to me than comfort because it feels like you are confident with yourself. I love wearing huge man-like ones. This Scarface bomber is a jewel which I found in a vintage shop in Notting Hill. I love cinema and I love that movie in particular, Tony Montana is one of my favourite characters in the history of cinema. I thought it was so cool to have him stamped on a sports jacket."
JUJU GLITTER SANDALS
"In the category of 'wanting to feel like a kid' are my Juju glitter sandals! It reminds me of my childhood in the 90s where all the girls would wear these glitter shoes or the sneakers that would light up with every step. Glitter is something for little girls and I am obsessed with bringing back those times where I felt like a grown up by having a little sandal with a bit of heel – and GLITTER!"
VINTAGE KANSAI YAMAMOTO BOMBER JACKET
"This is jacket is by Kansai Yamamoto. I love huge shoulders because it reminds me of the 80s, the decade I was born and the decade of over-everything: over done make up, over done clothing, and women who want to be equal to men so wore big shoulders to make them look "stronger". In this case, Kansai Yamamoto – a genius of costume design, who designed for Bowie's tours – knew how to create these ultra geometric graphic silhouettes, almost like a triangle. I love how exaggerated this jacket is. I found it in Allan & Suzi vintage in NYC, and Allan wasn't happy to let that jacket go, but he said to me "I wouldn't give it to anyone, but I know with you it will have a good life," so he gave it to me for $400 – for him, 'a total present'!"
"Bumbags are my ultimate favourite thing in the world! This one would be my favourite as I customised it myself. Last year I broke my left foot and so I had to be in a cast without moving for two and a half months. I had a lot of time inside where in my TV breaks I would customise a lot of my clothing. I love spray paint and throwing paint on clothes in huge quantities. When I was in my cast I used stencils, sprayed and glittered up a lot of t-shirts and sweatshirts, especially with fluorescent bright colours."
KITSCH AND COLOURFUL BOMBER JACKET
"This is a lycra-jersey fabric bomber with amazing shoulder pads that reminds me of Grandma Yetta, a character from the 90s American TV show The Nanny. This show is very popular in Argentina, where I am from, and Grandma Yetta was an 80-something-year-old funky grandmother with the most kitsch style, who would wear gold and animal print with her big fluffy sprayed hair. This bomber reminds me of something really tacky and over the top in this way, and that's what called my attention to it in first place."
BOXING SHOES FROM NYC
"These boxing shoes I got when I was walking on the Lower East Side in New York, in between these old school small sportswear shops that sell basketball and boxing clothes for men. The seller was surprised that I was interested in buying boxing shoes for me, a girl, and to wear everyday. I think they are so cool!"
SO UNCOOL IT’S COOL SKI JACKET
"The colourful ski jacket could also fit in this group, just because it is a proper sport item, and not quite flattering. The shape is awful on the body, as is every sport item from the early 90s...The colours used on it are super of that era and it has that kitsch, extreme 'all or nothing' feel about it. It's zero cool! Also, I loved the fact that it says 'St Moritz – 5th Avenue' with all the Manhattan buildings behind... so tacky."
TOURIST SNEAKER BAG
"This London sneaker bag is also one of my favourite items! It was sitting there in a tourist shop in Oxford Street. I used to think that there would never be anything fashionable in those shops, as everything is flag based and made for tourists, who, in most cases, are not very interested in getting the "I Love London" t-shirt, because it's not stylish! I think that again, a sneaker bag is something that only a kid would wear...so...Got it! Childish + not cool Union Jack theme!"
80s POWER JACKET + LEGO CAP
"At last, this shoulder pad jacket. I love fashion in the 80s. Shapes were almost deformed to make women like super humans with the strength in their shoulders, so I love the fact that it's so wide there, but if I close it, it's very fitted almost like an hourglass. This, plus the shocking colours remind me of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, from Pedro Almodóvar, my favourite filmmaker. The art direction on that film is beyond, and I always remember the jackets that Carmen Maura would wear and how perfectly geometric she was next to the colourful background. Added to that, my Lego animal print cap!"