She is one of our favourite fashion bloggers and she combines personality and image with beautiful and creative looks. Before we met her, we knew that she is good at fashion, but when we saw her in person, we immediately found out how bright, positive, open and dazzling she is. We met the creator and author of BlondWalk.com during Milan Fashion Week and she readily agreed to do this interview together with us. We talked about fashion, style, life and her daily routine. Here is what Gitta Banko shared in front of Fashion Inside…
Who is Gitta Banko?
Oh, this is a very difficult question for me. I am one of those people who like telling stories and communicating, but it is hard for me when I have to talk about myself. In the first place, I am a mother. The 45-year-old mother of a 19-year-old son, who is in the very centre of my life. My roots are in Hungary and Venezuela, and I grew up in Hungary and France. And up to this very day, I have always considered both Hungary and France to be my home countries. I am definitely a dreamer – it has been like this since I was a child. I think that if we believe in our dreams and work on making them true, they turn out to be easily achievable.
(and this is where designer Steffen Schraut tunes in: “Gitta is an absolute fashion diva. Her incredible appearance and style have a particular trade mark and this is the most important thing for a contemporary woman. She doesn’t simply wear fashion, she lives with fashion every single day and knows what women like to wear.”)
Where did your passion for fashion come from?
It was relatively early. I remember being 3 years old and me and my father were taking a walk through the city. I saw a shirt with Hungarian folklore embroidery at the window of a shop and I asked my dad to buy it for me, but he said that it would be too large for me and it would be a better idea to look for one in my size. I threw such a tantrum and for such a long time that he couldn’t deal with it and finally bought the shirt for me. The shirt fitted me only after I got 14-16 years old. But it is like a sacred garment for me and it still holds an honourable place in my wardrobe. And as years went by, my mum kept my passion for fashion ablaze.
How did you come up with the idea for www.blondwalk.com?
This is a funny story. It was 2014 and half the people on the globe already had Instagram accounts, but not me. I was given a task for a fashion magazine and I started reading an article about a famous blogger. And since my passion for fashion and design was still ruling over my life, I decided that it was interesting and I could try as well. Unfortunately, soon after that I got ill and I was unable to take up writing a blog for a few months. And so, my first blog entry was in August 2015.
There is a quote by Coco Chanel which says that, “Every day is a fashion show and the world is your runway.” Is every day a fashion show for Gitta Banko?
Oh, yes, definitely! And I mean it literally. With the exception of the time between 7 and 8:30 in the morning when I walk around in jeans, sneakers and a sweatshirt, with my laptop in my hand. I drink my first, then second espresso for the day, and in the meantime, I work on my blog, browse through pictures and answer interview questions… This is my personal time to myself and I truly enjoy it. After that, I usually start my daily “fashion show” connected with meeting clients, doing photoshoots, attending events and so on.
What does the typical day of a fashion blogger look like?
Oh, this varies a lot. As a rule, I spend at least three hours in front of my laptop on my own, writing for the blog, looking for links and pictures to the articles. However, I often have to work in front of the computer for more than 6-7 hours. Yesterday, for example, I worked for more than nine hours as I had to do some more work in advance because of travelling. From tomorrow on, I’ll be travelling and attending events a lot.
When I am not in front of the computer, I have photoshoots scheduled and they also take up several hours. Preparing the clothes, going through the tasks and all this is a lot of hard work. Being a blogger is a full-time job.
How do you choose what to wear – do you consider it in advance or does everything depend on your temporary mood?
Sometimes outfits come together very quickly while in other situations I need a bit more time in order to choose the appropriate type of clothing. It is the same as with writers who occasionally switch off and cannot write. With me, this is when I cannot think of the right combination. Everything is, of course, connected to mood and vision, but also to creativity.
What would a day without fashion and style look like?
Partially boring, but also quite easy-going. I sometimes think that it would be good for me not to have to do all these things and be in the public eye all the time. We, bloggers, are always expected to be perfect and people easily forget that we, too, are human beings and we need some peace and quiet.
Do you have a secret to always looking good?
Green. This is my favourite colour and I always feel exceptionally good in it. The colour suits me an awful lot and I know that it can always save the day when I wear green. The same applies to black and grey, but green always comes first.
Motherhood and career – is this possible?
It is possible, of course, but I must admit that I started blogging when my son was already at the age of 16. I believe that if I had started earlier, it would have been much more difficult for me to deal with everything at the same time. Because of blogging, I travel all the time and I am always on the run. As my son is now a young man, things look much easier to me, but when I travel, I miss him and he is still priority number one on my list.
Which is the best fashion tip that you have ever heard and that you like to follow?
Oh, they are many. The best piece of advice I have ever learned was from my mum when I was about 14 years old. Because of the fact that she had boutiques, I was apparently familiar with what is fashionable from a very early age. Mum used to tell me that fashion is life philosophy and a type of art that I need to create on my own. Brigitte Bardot said that, “Fashion may not be a weapon of the woman but at least it gives her the ammunition.” Sometimes details make an outfit look perfect.
Which are your favourite trends? Do you have a must-have this season?
I don’t have any favourite trends, but I love layering. The most important must-haves for me this season are the colours burgundy and green. Monochrome outfits (from head to toe) are a popular trend that I simply adore. For myself personally, I like best being dressed entirely in light grey or some other pastel colour.
And which are the three most important fashion items of all times?
I am a fan of classics in this respect: a Chanel 2.55 bag, a black leather jacket and a black turtle-neck sweater. With these three items, you are always well-dressed. They pair up quite nicely with each other, but also with the rest of the clothes in our wardrobes.
What lies ahead of BlondWalk?
Even more work than now ;-) At the moment, we are planning trips and some other interesting projects. In the meantime, we are also working on a cashmere collection for an upcoming fashion brand and, of course, I am dreaming of creating my own fashion label one day.
Our website is called Fashion Inside. Do you think that fashion is something that comes from inside?
Yes, I am absolutely sure about this. Fashion is an expression of a person’s character, sensitivity and how cultured they are, and this comes from inside. Clothing only helps us highlight our interests and peculiarities so that we can share them with the rest of the world.
Text: Veliana Simeonova, Desislava Rancheva
Photos: Yasmin Souissi, BlondWalk