When he’s not producing and directing fashion editorials for Interview Magazine, MIGUEL ENAMORADO is either traveling to catch fashion shows or partying with A-list celebrities in exclusive gatherings around the world.
Anyone who’s come across his Instagram feed would want to immerse in the extravaganza that is his daily life, but despite the demands that come with his lifestyle, Miguel makes sure that fashion is his number one priority. As Interview Magazine’s resident fashion director, he has styled and produced quite a number of editorials, each with a dark, refined, and sophisticated aesthetic that best embodies Interview Magazine’s true core.
As someone who has been in the fashion industry for so long, Miguel has learned to align himself with the ever-fleeting pace of the fashion world. He says, “I think things are changing so much that you just have to enjoy the moment and prepare yourself for the future,” pertaining to the unpredictable and messy route that he has chosen. Although some may say fashion has its tendencies to limit, he thinks otherwise, as he believes that people will always have opportunities to grow and expand as beings. With a limitless vision, an admirable work ethic, and nothing holding him back, Miguel is definitely here to stay. Read on our conversation with the fashion director below, where he talks about his Miami roots, his thoughts on fashion, and his ideals a living medium of art.
How did you get into fashion?
I went to a fashion design high school in Miami Design and Architecture Sr. High. There was an amazing fashion design teacher, Mrs. Rosemary Pringle who really pushed and inspired me to continue my studies in NYC.
Was fashion something you’ve wanted to do ever since, or is it one of the unexpected blessings?
I think its always been, as I remember being fascinated by my mom when she sewed and used to take the scraps of fabrics and try to make my sisters Barbies’ clothes.
Who would you consider your mentor? What has he/she taught you that you’re still practicing in your career until now?
I’ve been really lucky to have worked with amazing people in my professional life, from stylist Emily Fitch, who did everything with class and heart, to Bruce Pask, who taught me how to work efficiently, intelligently, and with a sharp precision and detail. For the past ten years it has been Karl Templer and Fabien Baron who are like the Harvard of fashion schooling.
Whenever you conceptualize for a fashion editorial, what is the first thing that you think about? Can you please give us a run-through of your creative process?
I am inspired by characters and motivated by using fashion as a means to express that character and who they are.
What is the craziest thing you’ve done as a fashion director?
When I flew from Japan to NYC to then catch a flight to Seoul six hours later. I felt really crazy when I finally landed.
“Fashion already applies to everyone because everyone gets dressed in clothes. What those clothes express and how you use fashion to express yourself is a matter of your relationship with who you are, want to be, or would like to be.”
Can you share with us your most memorable shoot with Interview Magazine?
I recently did a shoot with Fabien Baron for the June/July 2017 issue called “It’s Personal” where we casted this amazing group of individuals who are being unapologetically themselves and are living life to the fullest. We shot them in a desolate, almost country setting in a very portraiture way. That is one of my favorite shoots because the clothes almost disappeared and the authentic of the subject was highlighted. There was a sensitivity and beauty to it that felt so iconic for me.
Where would your dream shoot location be?
In Honduras, I was born there and so it would definitely mean so much for me personally. It is also so beautiful I would love to express that natural beauty in an amazing way for people to discover.
“Figure out what you can do as good and better than anyone else and work harder than anyone else to do it.”
Who would your dream subject for a photo shoot?
Christy Turlington. To me, she has always been one of the most beautiful women and growing up I would always use her as inspiration for my design concepts.
As a fashion director, what are your long-term goals?
I think things are changing so much that you just have to enjoy the moment and prepare yourself for the future. Diversify yourself so that you are open to many opportunities and see where the road leads.
What tips would you want to give to people who want to get into the fashion business?
Figure out what you can do as good and better than anyone else and work harder than anyone else to do it.
What would make fashion apply for everyone? Why do you think some people are scared to be fashionable?
I think whether people realize it or not, fashion already applies to everyone because everyone gets dressed in clothes. What those clothes express and how you use fashion to express yourself is a matter of your relationship with who you are, want to be, or would like to be.
If there’s one word that you’d use to describe the state of the fashion industry, what would that be?