Dancer and performer Karim Naar moves his body whenever he can, preferably in breath-taking landscapes. Dressed to move, he talks to us about his simple and casual style that accompanies him in his choreography and his daily life, including his relaxed Sundays.
Hi, Karim! What’s your relationship with fashion?
Movement is key for me and my relationship with fashion is based on that. I have to be comfortable and free. I like graphic styles and beautiful materials. I also pay attention to how clothing is produced, with a preference for vintage garments or items I find during my travels. My wardrobe is simple and timeless with some standout pieces to stir things up. When I dance, flowing clothing is a must. Comfort above all!
Your favourite piece of clothing at the moment?
Spring means simple white T-shirts that go with everything. In cotton, organic if possible, and rather loose. A classic cut and a crew neck. I like to feel free and project what I want on it. It’s a chameleon piece and that suits me perfectly.
What are your Sundays like?
My Sundays are like my wife, who sleeps in while I prepare breakfast. It depends on my mood. Sometimes, I work, I dance, I look for inspiration, I throw myself into projects… And, at other times, it’s just a peaceful day that I spend watching series, eating chocolatines, drinking litres of green tea and chilling at home.
Do you put your passion for dance on hold during the weekend?
Dance sets the tone of my life, but not my weekends. I also want to focus on other things: my family, culture, nature, all of which have an enormous impact on my work. I get ideas from documentaries and moments spent outside. The weekend is a time to be outside, away from home, contemplating… I’m always kind of thinking about projects, but I don’t necessarily dance while doing so.
Your favourite Sunday look?
I try to find a compromise between elegant cuts and soft materials. I chose this American Vintage outfit because it’s simple and graphic and represents the perfect union between flowing materials and smart cuts. It’s simple with a touch of colour for brightness!
What do you like about the American Vintage men’s wardrobe?
I think you need to bring clothing to life: materials move, transform and embrace the body. This is what makes pieces beautiful – even the most basic pieces. When you choose beautiful materials, your clothing will stay elegant over time, while telling a story. American Vintage totally understood this: simple, understated clothing just waiting for us to tell our story.
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