Ty' Hargrove

— CREATIVE EXPERIMENTALIST

The way Ty’Shon Hargrove constructs her looks epitomizes a consolidation of the past and present. She weaves in bits and pieces individual to her, with an admirable ease that can only be explained with the theory that she’s an old soul living and leaving her mark in modern times. Hargrove was a “style star” before it became a thing, and seeing as how it’s not an act, but more so her way of life, she’ll remain one. Though, labels like that are of no appeal to the D.C native.

I followed Hargrove about ten years ago, on what was my then go-to social network–Tumblr. Her blog was a creative paradise, peppered with a variety of visuals including self-portraits and a lot of Pharrell, sick music, relatable musings, plus art. It was colorful, pleasing and very much an excursion into her realm. Years passed, and we briefly ended up at the same college when we both moved to Atlanta–her from D.C, I, New York. We connected from that moment on. And yes, she’s even more lovely in-person, in case you were curious.

Her creative experimentalism is inspiring, and comes from a place inside of her that goes back generations. It’s something you see looking at those who came before her, from her mother to her great grandmother. Ty’Shon is exactly who she appears to be and more. If you know, you know. And if you don’t, keep reading.

What's the most personal element about your style? Does it have a direct connection to a person, place or thing? 

I would have to say my style has a direct connection to kaleidoscopes. The accumulation of colors speaks to me, and their delivery is never the same. Like my creative self, they are forever changing, which is also a representation of my evolving style.

Describe your style trajectory. How has it changed through the years? Where are you now on your style journey?

My style has definitely changed over the years due to access and freedom. I think that now it is more expressive and experimental. Most of my outfits don’t have predetermined destinations, but the events I do find myself at or times where I do have set destinations, I have looks tucked away. Honestly, I feel as if my journey has really just begun. In the past I was scratching the surface, but now more than ever I find myself challenging that.

Has Instagram's dominance influenced your style at all?

I feel as though Instagram has a way of bringing a lot of creatives closer–which in turn has made sharing and exploring ideas a more hive venture. It’s also given me a platform to express my works and looks.

How have you dealt with struggle and learned to overcome it while on your path? Would you say it’s ongoing learning experience?

I think it’s an ongoing learning experience.

My style has a direct connection to kaleidoscopes. The accumulation of colors speaks to me, and their delivery is never the same. Like my creative self, they are forever changing.
— Ty

When going through a rough patch in life, do you tend to overdress or underdress?

I purposefully don’t own many lounge pieces, most of my outfits are conceptualized and I force myself to get prepared. How I dress and look on a daily basis is never taken lightly.

What do most people assume about you based on the way you dress?

Some things people assume about me based on the way I dress are that I’m comfortable modeling, that I’m an influencer, I’m stuck up or that I’m “cool.” I’m not any of that, I’m super awkward and goofy. I’m not comfortable modeling at all, but I enjoy taking pictures, if that makes any sense!

Do you think you have a clear idea of what your style identity is? Why or why not?

I coined the term “Kaleidostyle” because I feel that it describes my style perfectly. I don’t dress for anyone but myself. I have always been very driven and loved to shop anywhere, alter and tweak anything that I can get my hands on, or design and make anything I envision.

Aside from personal style, what other forms of self-expression do you indulge in? How does it alter your style, if at all? 

I’m willing to dabble in all things creative, whether it’s making clothes or jewelry, drawing or photography. It doesn’t matter, I consider myself a creative experimentalist. 

How do you DREAM IN HD? 

I dream in technicolor. 

Follow Ty’Shon @kaleidoscopety

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Written and produced by: Maricia Josephs | Photography: Taylor James