Anyone who names her cat after designer Rick Owens (and then posts pictures of herself holding said cat while wearing a Rick Owens mask), loves Kylie Minogue, and worships the fashions of Ann Demeulemeester, Junya Watanabe, and Haider Ackermann is pretty much guaranteed placement in this column. Say hello to 22-year-old Kaitlyn Galvin (www.instagram.com/kegrox) of Abington, and let’s find out about her chance meeting with Lady Gaga, shall we?
Q. You are one of the few people I’ve talked to who loves crop tops. Do you feel that Boston is a crop-top friendly town?
A. Not really. I get looks, especially when I’m wearing one in 40-degree weather. I’ve also been called out for being unprofessional. I have no concept of season nor a definition for the ambiguous term that is professionalism. Crop tops are a year-round wardrobe staple for me. I think it is strange that women (and men) have to defend wearing revealing clothing. Bodies are natural. Let’s dress them to show off the features we love in ourselves. Simple as that.
Q. Given the abundance of photos of cats and gay men on your Instagram feed, I’m going to assume that you’re a single gal. So where does an unattached lady in Boston go to have fun these days?
A. Yes. I am quite single, a cat owner, and somewhat of a gay man magnet, likely securing my future as the second coming of Little Edie Beale, with whom I share a birthday. One gay man in particular is my best friend Christopher [Snow]. He is where I go to have fun. We enjoy surrounding ourselves with things that block out the mundane. Our favorite activities include eating cookies and having wrestling matches on his bed while blasting Kylie Minogue and Brooke Candy. If we want to go out and show off our outfits we head to Tavern Road, order a steak, and get hammered.
Q. You met the great and powerful Gaga? What did she say to you that pushed your interest in fashion?
A. I met Gaga in 2009. I had been a fan of hers for about a year or two prior to that. I was drawn to her both for her music and confidence to dress however the hell she wanted. Meeting her enforced in me the idea that I didn’t have to be like everyone else and opened my eyes to a new world of fashion and art. This is when I really started learning about designers. Now I can spell Ann Demeulemeester faster than my own name.
Q. Since you are a sci-fi fanatic, I need your help. What is the one movie you think I should watch as soon as possible?
A. “The Matrix”! The film basically suggests that we all live our lives inside a computer program. I am so drawn to it both because there are scientific theories that uphold this idea and because the styling in the film is great. I recently bought a long black the Row cloak in an effort to look more like Trinity. I wear it with a polyurethane Comme des Garcons crop top.Interview has been edited and condensed. Want to be featured as our next Instagram style star? Hashtag your photos #BostonSnap. Christopher Muther can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @Chris_Muther.
Correction: Due to a reporting error, an earlier version had Galvin’s incorrect age. She is 22 years old.