Name & Age:
Christian Craven, 22
Fashion Blogger & Student - Wade College
Originally from a small town in Oklahoma, Christian set his sights on Dallas at the ripe age of 19 after years of bullying and ridicules that stemmed from being different. Christian began blogging in December of 2012 when he was looking for creative men bloggers to follow. His search fell flat, therefore discovering the perfect niche within a popular market in the blogging world. Through hard work and dedication Christian was able to carve his own space and breakthrough in the Dallas community. Christian has gone on to work with brands like Nordstrom, Belk, Smart Water and Atlantic Records and has interviewed fashion stars like Zac Posen, Cynthia Rowley, Nicky Hilton, and Michael Costello. He also most recently made an appearance on the Wendy Williams Show!
How would you describe your own personal style of blogging and what sets you apart from other bloggers?
CC - When I sit down to blog I always want to make sure its two things, fun to read and unique in its content. My sense of men’s style is unique and doesn't quite fall into the typical men’s "Dapper" style. It's my blessing and my curse, I'm very niche and while I can do "Dapper" it’s not the only card I can play. I love that not only do I have a loyal base of fabulous men followers but women come to me looking for advice from a gay man and that’s something very unique about my site.
Fashion blogging has been labeled a female dominate métier from a stereotypical perspective. Have you faced any obstacles or received any backlash in this profession?
CC - Of course I have and I still do! It took so long to kind of break that glass ceiling. When I started in 2012 it was practically impossible to get P.R. agencies or brands to pay me attention because guys weren't reading blogs. I found this niche and really wanted to help pave the way for it. I didn't want it to just be a "Gay" blog and I didn't want it to be a typical men’s "Dapper" blog either. However, I never gave up on my vision and eventually I broke through a lot of those barriers. Nobody wants to take the first chance and now all those brands I pitched years ago are dying to work with men’s bloggers like me.
If you had the opportunity to spend the entire day with someone in the DFW area, who would it be and why?
CC-I love that question! There are so many people I admire in DFW and I always make it appoint to thank them for inspiring me but as for right now I would really love to even just be a fly on the wall at the office of Ken Downing (the Fashion Director of Neiman Marcus). We met very briefly last year at the Night of Stars Gala and he was so kind and gracious. I would love to learn about his journey and observe the way he works on a day to day basis. I'd also love to learn that skin care regimen!
What are some of your favorite DFW local boutiques or vintage shops?
CC-Hands down Clothes Circuit at Preston Center, every time my mom visits we always spend hours there and find the most incredible designer finds for her. I recently did a project with Alton Lane in Uptown and loved spending time with them and I love wearing their suiting even more! Hopefully a fun, chic, unique boutique that sells women's AND men’s will come sooner than later.
Favorite DFW beauty brands and or beauty related services?
CC-If you scroll my Instagram you will see that almost every comment is either "YAZZZ EYEBROWS ON FLEEK" or "When can I borrow your brows?!” I have been through many a bad brow in my life but I have found my perfect shape thanks to Styles of India threading salon. They are sprinkled all over the city and have an AWESOME loyalty program! I just don't know what I'm going to do if bold brows go out of style. Bellacures is always a fun atmosphere for a manicure or pedicure. If you're on a tight budget the Aveda Institute at Park Lane does great work at great prices!
What projects or collaborations do you currently have in the works?
CC- For the last year I have been pouring my heart and soul into a solo music project that will be out in May. I grew up in theatre so music has always had my heart. I wanted to create solid pop music that had depth and could speak to where I’m at right now. It's really more so for me than anything else but maybe it will inspire someone and shed a little light on what has been going on in my life behind the blog. As for blog projects I am always open to working with brands that I find interesting and relevant to whom I represent. I just finished up an amazing Smart Water campaign at NYFW and will continue to work with them through the year, as well as an Instant Glow by Jergens project that will also come this summer.
Any last words for our DFW Beauties and Gents?
Regardless of your profession. It doesn't matter where you come from or how much money you have. If you work hard and remain PERSISTENT & CONSISTENT you will be successful. Don't give up on your dream.