Name: John Arjan Benedicto Mateo
What does the word “fashion” mean to you?
For me, fashion means a person is able to express themselves through clothing, shoes, etc.
Does fashion allow people to express their individuality or does it force people to conform?
I agree that fashion allows people to express their individuality.
Does the media (or the fashion industry) play some role in creating or continuing stereotypes?
Yes, I believe media contributes in stereotyping since they are one of the major influences in the fashion industry.
What duty, if any, does the media (or fashion industry) have to change these stereotypes?
For me, educating society is the most effective way to change stereotypes.
How does Macau inspire the way you dress?
Macau is becoming a multicultural country, with different people, different cultures and different tastes in fashion. What inspires me the most about this country is the willingness to adapt to the changes around me through fashion.
What do you think of Macau’s fashion scene? How can it be improved?
Unlike most other countries in the world, there are only two seasons in Macau. Fashion in this country should fit not only the trends but also the season.
What is in fashion for women/men this year?
The in fashion for today is the fashion of the past.
How has fashion brought a change in your life?
No change, it allows me to express myself fully.
Which celebrities have the best style to you?
For me, it’s David Beckham.
What are you currently following in the fashion industry (brand, news, model career, etc.)?
Mostly I’m focusing on the trends.