Behind the pages: Nicola Wali

Editor-in-Chief | Théorie Magazine


Give us a tour of your closet.

I’m not a very organized person, so this is the hardest question on the list for me. I’m going through a weird neo-grunge phase, so the front of my closet consists of far too much black. The back of my closet (my older acquisitions) is painfully colorful.

What inspires you?

I truly believe that inspiration is found where you least expect it, so I will say I find inspiration in everything. More specifically, I am inspired by literature, vintage editorials, experimental designers like McQueen, old school eccentrics like Marchesa Casati—the list goes on. Traveling also yields a lot of inspiration for me. You come across so many different forms of beauty through travel.

If you could have dinner with any three people, what would you serve?

I’m vegetarian, so probably some funky Tofu/vegetarian dish.

If your iPod is on shuffle, what’s most likely to start playing?

Most likely something by The xx, King Krule or Beach House. 

As a 90s kid, what are you nostalgic of?

The Spice Girls, Seinfeld, Urkel, Nirvana, 2pac, Jumanji, Uncle Jesse’s mullet, Jackie Chan, mid 90s Leo, etc. (I had an interesting childhood to say the least.)

Favorite page turner?

Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk, L’etranger by Albert Camus and Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis.

Ideal vacation spot for a getaway?

I think my heart belongs to Paris. It has so much life and energy, so many intriguing people living their different stories. The sparkle and fade of the glimmering street lights and the way your feet feel when you walk down a cobbled street is an experience to be savored like the last éclair.

What are you currently attached to?

Can you be attached to Portlandia? I’m currently experiencing crippling Portlandia withdrawals. 

Favorite movie?

Amélie! It’s a delightfully quirky fairytale, but it also has a darkness under its skin. I can’t get over Jeunet’s distorted magical realism.

You’re front row at fashion week, whose show are you at?

Alexander McQueen! I wrote my college entrance essay about McQueen, so…enough said. No other designer can so effortlessly blend the line between what is real and surreal.