© Play HunterJoel Basman, 25, is an actor from Zurich who is a name in Germany. He played a supporting role in George Clooney's 'The Monuments Men'. Fans of 'Tatort' remember his startling performance as the crystal meth head Mickel in 'Borowski und der Himmel über Kiel'. Currently, Joel is starring in two coming-of-age movies set in nineties east Germany, 'Als wir träumten' (As We Were Dreaming) by Andreas Dresen and 'Wir sind jung. Wir sind stark' (We Are Young. We Are Strong). Joel's parents run a small but fine bespoke fashion business where he designs his own fashion line. Let's take a look at Joel's SS15 collection which consists of menswear and unisex pieces here in the slideshow, and at his his personal style in the Q&A below.
© Play Hunter2/5 "Last year, I fancied making shirts out of restaurant napkins. This is the result."
© Play Hunter3/5 "Only going naked will suit you better"
© Play Hunter4/5 "I love hoodies. Once I had a sweater whose hood was torn. I wanted to remove it completely. But halfway through, I thought the two halves kind of looked cool. The idea for the zipped hoodie was born."
© Play Hunter5/5 "With this hoodie and jacket, you can select everything from the main fabric to the colour of the drawstring. And wearing it inside-out is double fun." Find out about how far Joel would go for acting and how far for fashion in the Q&A below.
Your style inspiration:
Everything happening around me, but my main source of inspiration are shoots. At the moment, I have two movies out which are set in the nineties. They’ve been a major influence on two of my collections.
Describe your personal style:
How far would you go for acting?
I’ll have to find out about that yet. So far, I’ve tested the limits, but have not gone past them.
… and for fashion?
That’s a different story. I love how my parents work. It’s not always the easiest way but the most honest one. There’s almost no one left here who works to such high standards still manufacturing everything in Zurich. I have no intentions to build a fashion empire. Quite on the contrary, I would like to keep what we have. I guess this is as far as I can go for our two shops.
Your dream part, shot by which director and dressed by which designer?
Bond villain, directed by the Cohen brothers, in suits designed by Jean Paul Gaultier or Valentino.
You commute between Zurich and Berlin. What do you like about Zurich, what do you appreciate in Berlin?
The contrast between the two cities. They couldn’t be more different. Berlin is a playground, a city in progress. The Berlin we know has existed for only 25 years. By contrast, Zurich is built. It’s a very solid place. You can be creative in both cities, but in Berlin it’s a little bit cheaper.
…and what not?
At the moment, I couldn’t really settle in either of them. Zurich is my home and always will be. But you need to get out there and explore the world to appreciate your home better. Berlin is more of a beneficial arrangement. I spent three great years there, but my job always came first. I’m in New York right now – it’s my first time – promoting my film ‘We Are Young. We Are Strong.’ at Tribeca Film Festival. Maybe New York will be my next stop. You never know where you going to end up next, but if it feels right you’ve got to go. This is how it happened in Berlin.
What’s on your playlist right now?
Sun Is Shining by Bob Marley
What makes you instantly happy?
The sun when I get up in the morning.
Three things you can’t live without?
My mobile, cigarettes, lighter
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