In the throng of Instagram humanity, it’s difficult to miss David Maes. Or more specifically, to miss his hair. The 24-year-old visual merchandiser, who lives in Harvard Square, has a fade that rivals only Kid’s from ’80s hip-hop duo Kid ’n Play. In Maes’s Instagram album (www.instagram.com/maesmass), he’s sporting Chanel brooches, holding Lana Del Rey albums, and snapping pics of his Louis Vuitton sneakers. We couldn’t resist reaching out to Maes, who says he feels “like an old soul trapped in a youthful body. A really tight, trim youthful body.”
Q. The hair. You must explain.
A. Everybody needs an identifier. The high-top fade mixed with big beauty queen height is mine. It developed over time and started when I gave myself a mohawk after seeing “Taxi Driver” for
the first time. Who knew Robert De Niro could be such a fashionable inspiration?
Q. The brooches. The necklaces. Do accessories make the man, or does the man make the accessories?
A. I’m a firm believer in finding accessories that work for you. All you need is a few good pieces that show your aesthetic and can work with everyday outfits. Patricia Field was fond of this when dressing Carrie Bradshaw. She’d have one great piece she would wear throughout an episode with different looks. You should feel comfortable wearing the same necklace with an American flag tank top while sitting at a booth in McDonald’s as you would draped in Marc Jacobs at a Gossip concert.
Q. Brand obsession: explain.
A. I am not a brand whore. I swear. . . . Broke with expensive taste, as they say. But I have no problem investing in designer sneakers if I know I’ll wear them out and get my money’s worth. And if you can get them as gifts, even better. As far as favorites, my mother always said you can never go wrong with Louis Vuitton. Classic. Actually now that I’m remembering, I think she said the same thing about OshKosh B’gosh.
Q. Would you rather have dinner with Lana Del Rey or Karl Lagerfeld?
A. I’d have dinner with Lana Del Rey, given that I probably wouldn’t understand a thing Uncle Karl was mumbling about, although I’d be curious to see what he’d select as an appetizer. With Lana you could talk shop. Boys, Balenciaga, and the latest trend in soda pop.
Q. Given that you dressed as Ryan Gosling for Halloween, I’m wondering if you use the expression “Hey girl” often.
A. I do use the expression “Hey girl” often. But usually it comes out as a “Heeeeey guuuurrrl.” I hope Ryan Gosling smiles when he reads that. I have no doubt that he’ll be reading this piece. And soon after he’ll be reading me poetry by a fire, huddled under a woolen afghan he knit himself. Cut, copy, print. My Hollywood ending.