Photographer: Hugh Lippe
Stylist: Sophie Pera
Kristina Bazan, the creator of the fashion-and-travel site Kayture (a mash-up of her nickname, “Kay,” and “couture”), is the first to admit that blogging is often for the self-absorbed. “I constantly show my face and tell people what I’m wearing. The nature of it is very narcissistic,” says the 21-year-old, who boasts more than 1.7 million followers on Instagram. In the small Swiss town of Begnins, where Bazan grew up, “everybody wants to be discreet and just blend in. I wanted to stand out,” she says. And so, in 2011 she founded Kayture with her then-boyfriend, James Chardon, who is now her business partner. Within two years, she was cast in a wildly popular Louis Vuitton digital campaign, and other brands like Hugo Boss, Piaget, and Cartier soon came calling. But fashion isn’t the be-all and end-all for this native of Minsk, Belarus. She recently moved to Los Angeles to pursue a music career and hopes to debut an “edgy pop” EP in 2016. “People think of me as a bubbly, smiley person,” says Bazan, who plans to continue Kayture but with a focus on her music. “They will see another side of me that’s much darker and more vulnerable.”
Hair by Owen Gould for Sachajuan; Makeup by Ozzy Salvatierra for Cle de Peau Beaute at streeters; Manicure by Kiyo Okada for Dior; digital technician: Michael Tessier; photography assistants: Jordan James, Jamie Strachan; fashion assistant: Dylan Hawkinson.