Style, flair, creativity, these are some of the things that define fashion. Faustina and Johnny are the minds behind iL Gemini. The pair uses their love of fashion, photography and writing to entice and inspire others through their personal style. We at Imagista got the chance to ask them a few questions about style, fashion and their inspiration behind their success.

IL GEMINI

All clothing – Manzanares

iL Gemini
Johnny Cassanova
Faustina Rose
Photographer: PAYAM
Lighting Director: Krystalline Gonzales
First Assistant: Calvin Hu
DIT: Billy Jim

Special Thanks to: James Ingram + Benoit Lagrande @ Splashlight Studio
Briese Lighting System

(Left) Coat – Landeros || (Right) Sweater – Harbison

(Left) Hat – Ann Claire Millinery || (Right) Top – Harbison // Coat – Landeros

Faustina and Johnny are the minds behind iL Gemini. The pair uses their love of fashion, photography and writing to entice and inspire others through their personal style. We at Imagista got the chance to ask them a few questions about style, fashion and their inspiration behind their success.

INTERVIEW BY MICHAEL WILLIAMS
STORY BY KATINA GOULAKOS

 Faustina

Imagista: Do you feel like there is a difference between “style” and “fashion”, if so what is it to you?

Faustina: There is absolutely a difference between style and fashion. To me, fashion is a statement and something to be addressed and made by designers and style is your opinion and interpretation on it. For example, if a the new trends in fashion reflects something like politics or feminism, then style is how the audience addresses and executes it.

Imagista: How would you describe your personal style or fashion sense?

Faustina: My personal style is always evolving. I get bored and change my appearance all the time. For the most part, my style can be described as eccentric classics and I hope people interpret it as humorous.

Imagista: Why is fashion so important to you?

Faustina: Fashion is very important to history, not just me. What can your style say about your life and the decisions you make? Fashion has the power to do that for our generations.

Imagista: Who in your opinion is the most stylish and/or fashionable person in history and what makes them that to you?

Faustina: Isabella Blow and Elton John are my style icons. They are the most fashionable people in recent history because they had personality and their clothing spoke for them.

Imagista: What is your inspiration when it comes to fashion?

Faustina: My inspiration in fashion is solely in the individual pieces. I can conjure up an entire story or wardrobe based off of one piece.

Imagista: What do you have coming up that you are excited about?

Faustina: I’m always excited about something. If I wasn’t excited I wouldn’t be doing it. I’m excited to have this interview released and I’m excited to see what the future has in store. I mean, I spent my life creating the future and right now I’m creating outlets to feature my personality more.

Imagista: Where can our Imagista readers find you on social media?

Faustina: I’m most active on Instagram. You can find me at @sofausti

•• Johnny ••

Imagista: Do you feel like there is a difference between “style” and “fashion”, if so what is it to you?

Johnny: Absolutely. Anyone can buy fashion, but you can’t buy style. Fashion is the arrangement of physical pieces – whether at store or made privately in your home. However, style is a component of one’s greater self. Style goes beyond Fashion and touches the basis of one’s etiquette, mannerisms, and personality.

Imagista: How would you describe your personal style or fashion sense?

Johnny: My personal style is permanently inspired by beauty, however, it all feels like a work in progress. What I feel is moving me spiritually today does not necessarily move me in 2 months – so it’s an evolving process where I tend to look back and say, okay, that made sense, but what was I thinking?

Imagista: Why is fashion so important to you?

Johnny: It’s a part of the modern identity – the way we choose to express who we are on the inside. Fashion allows me to either connect with the world or hide away from everyone. Essentially, it is how I react to my own emotions and the world around me.

Imagista: Who in your opinion is the most stylish and/or fashionable person is history and what makes them that to you?

Johnny: Can I pick more than one? First and foremost, my ghetto-fabulous style icon will always and forever be Lil’ Kim. She’s so undervalued and underappreciated as a fashion muse and her impact is overshadowed by the media’s scrutiny. She transcended the idea of what someone from the inner-city had to look and dress like and that really hit home for me. The wigs, the outfits, you couldn’t tell Kim that she couldn’t pull anything off. She’s the black Madonna. My other favorite is an Italian singer Mina. I won’t explain much because a simple google search of her album covers will convince anyone why that woman is a treasure.

Imagista: What is your inspiration when it comes to fashion?

Johnny: Beauty inspires me. Beauty can easily be a time in history, the way a garment flows when it moves, a culture, anything – Japanese culture in particular moves me in ways that no other does.

Imagista: What do you have coming up that you are excited about?

Johnny: A new year full of new beginnings. I don’t believe in talking about things until they are out – so you’ll just have to wait and keep both of your peepers on me.

Imagista: Where can our Imagista readers find you on social media?

Johnny: I don’t snapchat, I don’t vine, but I Instagram like a motherfucker. @JohnnyCassanova