by Jessica Lapidos on
When I spotted this dot-breasted shirt on a feather haired boy at the Bushwig Drag Show this weekend, I had to know who designed it. This Lola pointed in the direction of a dude in a denim vest with a naked model painted on the back. It was there I met Brad Callahan, who creates bespoke unisex clothing out of Brooklyn under the guise B.Calla, loves nipples, and has sass for days (see the naked man with the taxidermy mice below). We exchanged digits, and a textual interview began.
As fate would have it, he launched his new Shop LQQK Listen website, bcalla.com last night! It’s a trippy giffed out homepage of this gorgeous half-lit pink/blue man in the first RTW, ready to shop looks from B.Calla. The rest of his B.Calla LQQKS Project can still be found on his blog.
On the point of your hunter-turned-webcam boy theme, what do find yourself hunting for most on the interwebs? And what do you hunt for most in real life?
On the Internet I am always on the hunt for a good music video. I try and keep up to date on all my divas past and present. In real life I love bargain hunting and am constantly combing the dollar stores in my Bushwick neighborhood. Also, I must admit I am constantly hunting cute boys, which, thankfully are plentiful in New York.
Your collections are unisex but I’m only seeing male models! which lady model (s) would absolutely turn it out for you? And is there a male model you’ve got your eye on? ((October is model month @fashionindie))
I started off the project with a female model named Vala Durvett. She has a really hard masculine look that was fun to play with. I say that my clothes are unisex mainly because I hate to gender my clothing. So many of my clients share my view of gender fluidity, and often possess a lifestyle involving multiple personalities and genders. I like to let my clients define their bodies and work to make B.Calla as inclusive as possible. For this fashion week I didn’t show a collection, but rather dressed rapper Dai Burger for both her Fashion’s Night Out performance at Patricia Fields and an event at the Out Hotel curated by Contessa Stuto. I prefer performers to models generally, but some male models I’ve had my eye on are; Sean Ross, Willy Cartier, Daniela Polyakov, and Christopher Camplin… Also I have a big thing for guys with tattoos so I’m loving all these fully tattooed men we are seeing on the runway right now. For female models ill have to go with Lea T, Rosey de Palma, and Blac Chyna.
And this is Dai Burger on FNO:
WERQ! Love the rainbow & the curves around the hips. Are the circle insets something of a signature? Saw that on the boy at bushwig.
Yeah, I love accentuating the nipples. Everyone has them, but no one ever pays attention to them!
It’s a sensitive subject.. And incidentally more sensitive on most men.
Who did you make the wildest/most fabulous/your favorite bespoke design for? (And do you have a photo?)
I love going wild so that’s a really hard question to answer. The wedding dress I made for my LQQKS project that performer Jake Dibeler wore caused quite a stir. I had to learn how to taxidermy mice for it, and it stopped my mother from sharing my website with her office. [sans FI censor, it's for your own good.]
Woah now, so is it the shoes that are made of mice? And is that exactly how he wore it to his wedding?
The shoes are customized Shape Ups (so gross!). The wedding ring is made of two mice heads. The LQQKS project lasted a year and culminated with my lazy hunter collection thanks to the generous help of Johnny Sagan. For my final LQQK I wanted to do a wedding dress, like how most runway shows end. This particular LQQK was inspired by Jean Paul Gaultier. B.Calla is all about being cheeky and a little naughty, and I simply couldn’t pass up the opportunity to show the world the ideal B.Calla bride.