— WARDROBE ARTIST
I’ll get right down to it. Amanda Murray’s personal style is unparalleled, alchemistic even. A glimpse of her journeying through NYC’s bustling streets will stop you cold in your tracks. Murray has an innate gift of artistically concocting looks that consist of potent colors, clever layering and shapes so sharp, they cut deep into your sartorial soul. On any given day, you can spot her casually donning Dries, Rick and Comme, but not for designer bragging rights. She simply has a pure appreciation for their craftsmanship, something that is heavily reflected in the way she dresses herself. Garments are her paint, her body is the canvas, and the finished product? a masterpiece.
What's the most personal element about your style? Does it have a direct connection to a person, place or thing?
The most personal element about my style is that it’s about me and the dialogue that I’m having with myself. It's not about trying to impress other women, or trying to attract or impress men, it really is about the conversation I’m having with myself on that day. It’s almost as though the clothes are a living entity themselves, like a good girlfriend and we talk. My mother is my first moment with fashion. I don’t recreate her looks, but I remember every time she walked into a room everyone would stop and take her in.
Describe your style trajectory. How has it changed through the years? Where are you now on your style journey?
When I moved to London as a kid, I was completely blown away by the street style of the city, everyone was so different and defined but everyone coexisted, the streets were a real life fashion editorial. Growing up with that really influenced my style, because I incorporated all those different looks. I was really ahead of my time as a teenager–lots of color and shapes. My friends called me the human teletubby. People would stop me all the time to take pictures of me, but I didn’t understand why until one day I was walking past Topshop on Oxford Street in London, and the mannequin was wearing an exact replica of an outfit I wore a month before, when someone randomly photographed me. That was a real wow moment for me. At this point in my life, my style is about the woman I envision myself to be, a little whimsical, refined and confident. This sounds crazy but I also dress for my future kids, I buy things that I can pass onto them.
Has Instagram's dominance influenced your style at all?
I wouldn’t say it has influenced me, but I’ll say it’s amazing to see other people showcase their point of view on fashion. It’s also amazing to see the impact that Instagram has had on fashion. 1/3 of Instagram users have bought clothing they’ve seen on Instagram, and influencers play a huge role in that. I just wish that major brands would recognize more multicultural influencers.
How have you dealt with struggle and learned to overcome it while on your path? Or would you say it’s ongoing learning experience?
New York is the most stressful place in the world, from the trains shutting down on your morning commute, to exorbitant rent, etc. But I’ve been trying to take it easy on myself when I feel stressed out. My neighbor has been fighting cancer for the past 2 years, and she recently told me not to let things that I cannot change stress me out. She also told me to live my life to the fullest with no regrets, to travel anywhere I want to go, and to treat myself whenever I want because I am the most important person in my life. I try to really take her words with me everyday.
When going through a rough patch in life, do you tend to overdress or underdress?
I definitely give a little more drama with my outfits when I’m going through something, only because of my relationship with clothes and how it makes me feel. Fashion is life changing and mood changing, when I look good I feel good.
What do most people assume about you based on the way you dress?
That I’m stuck up! I’m really not stuck up and if you follow me on Instagram, and see my stories, you’ll know I’m very silly.
Do you think you have a clear idea of what your style identity is? Why or why not?
Without a doubt, because my style is personal to me, I know who I am in clothes and I know who I am without it.
Aside from personal style, what other forms of self-expression do you indulge in? How does it alter your style, if at all?
I really love music and photography! I’m a bit of a Spotify DJ, I make playlists for friends and family all the time. I also really love photography, but a TSA agent stole my brand new camera earlier this year, so I haven’t been taking photos as much. Music, photography and style are all intertwined, so when I get dressed in the morning, I have my music blasting creating my own little editorial in my apartment.
How do you DREAM IN HD?
I DREAM IN HD by my thoughts. I believe thoughts become things, and I have seen a lot of my thoughts come into fruition because I manifested them by visualizing that it already happened. It’s not the easiest thing to do because it demands a certain oneness with yourself. I remember reading the book ‘Conversations with God’ when I was really too young to grasp these words but they really stuck with me. “Thought is pure energy. Every thought you have, have ever had, and ever will have is creative. The energy of your thought never ever dies. Ever. It leaves your being and heads out into the universe, extending forever. A thought is forever.”
Follow Amanda on Instagram @londongirlinNYC