Erzë is a fashion blogger based in Pristina, Kosovo. She was born in 1998, the year Kosovo’s war began. She and her family fled to Macedonia when she was four months old. She celebrated her first birthday in London. Two years ago, Erzë started her blog Hints of Indigo where she posts almost weekly. Erzë is 18 years old.
Hints of Indigo (largely) focuses on styling the same items of clothing in different ways and utilizing wardrobe pieces that Erzë has owned for years. Erzë doesn’t work. And there are limited shopping options in Kosovo. Promoting resourcefulness is partly strategic for this young, freckled Kosovar. But it’s also purposefully stylistic. She told me about vintage clothing items of her mother’s that are a huge source of inspiration for her.
During our conversations, we talked about Erzë’s favorite designer (Valentino) and about Lady Mary’s delectable wardrobe in Downtown Abbey’s last season. She told me she rarely wears dresses except for on special occasions. She told me that blogging is still a growing industry in Kosovo because “as a country we are still developing. Our steps are smaller than in other parts of the world, like the EU and US.” Erzë doesn’t know where her blogging aspirations will lead. She thinks she might want to become an architect eventually. But she knows for certain that she wants to contribute to the place where she grew up—Kosovo. “The population here has a lot of young people. If we think about it we can do great stuff. Stuff that we love. Through artists, musicians, and bloggers, the word can spread that Kosovo is a small country but has much potential.”
(For the time being this is my last portrait in my installment of Kosovar women. Thanks for following along, your feedback and comments!) #35mm #girlgaze #bmusemonday