The new age of social media sees the rise of what is now known as the “influencer”. Faces that attract thousands of likes and countless followers. With brands taking notice, swag is often given, looking for shoutouts and creating a source of income for these popular social media personalities. Many use their growing popularity as a means to create their own brands and build a career, hoping it launch into whatever their dreams are. Instafame shows no signs of slowing down, with some choosing to do what it takes to be noticed. Showing skin, promoting fitness, comedic videos and more, has set these social media handles apart from your average user. Where some are choosing to gain fame and riches, others are using their instavoices of influence not only to grow their brands, but to spread social awareness and to inspire others to live their best lives. A.R.T.S.Y Magazine presents – Instagram of the week
Instagram – @Stylebymmvm
For Brooklyn resident Michael Martingano, launching his Instablog on style was a dream come true. Expanding on his career as a visual merchandiser, the FIT alum and inspiring fashion designer is using his knowledge of fashion to deliver style tips for the average man. A.R.T.S.Y Magazine caught up with Michael to talk all things fashion and get more insight to his newly formed instablog.
Why a instablog and not a traditional blog?
I’m a very visual person, so seeing pictures speaks more volumes to me than reading about fashion. I feel like many creative people are like this. I’d rather have someone see how I style and interpret how a look can work for them and their personal style, rather than writing paragraphs about my thoughts on fashion.
When was the idea birthed and why?
It has been on my mind for a couple of years now, social media just helped push me to do it. I follow a lot of men style blogs and I have always wanted to see someone who looks like me. Most male models are always these buff, perfect people where the clothes all look perfect because they look perfect. I feel like style is more than that. In my opinion, it’s about curating outfits that make a statement about who you are as a person and what your outlook on fashion is. I wanted my instablog to communicate my point of view on fashion and my outlook, and show people that just because you don’t have a model body doesn’t mean you don’t have the ability to have an impact on the fashion world through your personal style.
What is the future of @Stylebymmvm?
I’m hoping to use this as a platform to inspire others on how to develop their own personal style by seeing how I pair together pieces and create outfits. I hope that I can eventually collaborate with others and help develop my style while learning from others, and in turn, having others learn from me.
What are some of your fashion inspirations?
I’m inspired by the lesser-known bloggers out there who have just started up on their own like i have , who have something to say about fashion, and are doing all they can to be themselves and still make it in tough cities like New York.
You mentioned you aren’t big on the glitz and the lights of the fashion world… nyfw, red carpets, why not?
I would be lying if I said i didn’t always watch the the red carpets at awards shows, but for me that’s all fantasy. It’s a level of fashion that people like me might touch a couple of times in a lifetime if we’re lucky. I am inspired much more by the real person and what their day-to-day fashion is rather than what a celebrity wears on a red carpet. On a red carpet a celebrity can be whoever they want to be. A real life person is always being shoved into categories, whether it be a school uniform, a job dress code, etc. To see how people still manage to be themselves in spite of a world that constantly forces them to be a carbon copy of someone or something else really inspires me, more so than a beautiful dress on a red carpet.
Do you ever hope to be a stylist for the stars? If not, do you think that is what makes you different?
I don’t necessarily aspire to be a celebrity stylist, but I wouldn’t rule it out should I get the opportunity to collaborate with someone where we both shared a common vision.
Explain what being a fashion stylist mean to you?
To me a fashion stylist is someone who takes their knowledge of fashion and trends and can interpret that in a way that matches either their own or someone else’s personality. It takes good perception of yourself and of your client, as well as heightened awareness of what is happening in fashion and how that applies to the person.
What is your fashion style?
There’s no one way to describe my style, as like fashion itself, it is ever-changing. That’s why an instablog is my best communication tool. As my style changes and evolves, you can see it with your own two eyes.
What is your favorite season to dress up for?
I’m very much a “first day of fall” kind of person. That moment where you’re coming off of a summer heatwave and realize you need to start wearing jackets again, is a magical time of year for me.
How can someone reach you if they want you to style a photoshoot etc, or would you feel like you are selling out by accepting such a job?
As the drag queen Willam says, “Subscribe, Goddamnit!” You’re only a sell out if you lose commitment to your ideas. Collaborating with others who are more well known is never a bad thing. People should be thankful for any and all opportunities they are presented with. There’s no shame in that.
How does personal style build confidence?
When you look good, you feel good. Period.
5 years from now, what will @stylebymmvm be?
No way to know for sure, but I’m excited to see how it evolves.
Must have for any man to have in his closet?
I always believe every man should own a well-fitting black suit. Literally any occasion that comes up for a man will more than likely require a suit. We’ve all seen that one person wearing a big old baggy suit. Never good. Spring for a tailored suit once and it will last a lifetime.
Biggest fashion no no during the summer?
We live in a time where anything looks good if it is done well, so there’s nothing I’d say is “out”. It’s all about being true to yourself and your own personal style. As long as you feel great in what you are wearing and own it 100%, I feel there’s almost no way to go wrong.
And with followers growing daily, @Stylebymmvm is not going wrong. Michael’s young and energetic passion for fashion shows with each post, often using his Bensonhurst neighborhood as a backdrop to showcase his interpretation of affordable pieces, helping to bring out the fashion stylist in all of his followers. Michael Martingano @Stylebymmvm is A.R.T.S.Y magazine’s Instagram of the week.
written by @justinjwrites