Photos by Eugene Gorceag.
Germany-based Beatrice Gutu’s personal style is marked by contrasts — black and white, oversized and tailored, vintage and new. An art director and stylist who runs the content platform and creative agency Dept 43, Gutu’s perspective is shaped by her perceptiveness to art in all its forms — from architecture to books and Instagram. It’s also, importantly, formed by moments in nature away from her phone.
We spoke to the creative about cherishing archive fashion, and travel that keeps her inspired.
How would you describe your style?
For me style is my creative language, the representation of my interior strangeness and individuality. I’m very passionated about buying vintage and archive pieces, the rush of finding something truly special gives me an unparalleled thrill. I collected many items over the years, each with its own story and they carry so many memories. I love to mix vintage with new pieces that I incorporate in my closet. I love pieces that can be loved for a long time, that can be reinvented and reimagined.
When was the last great trip you took and where did you go?
Lanzarote holds a very special place in my heart and I try to go there at least once per year. It’s my personal haven of tranquility and creative recharge.
What is currently inspiring you? Sartorially, culturally or otherwise?
I’ve always been very inspired by art, architecture, furniture, vintage books and magazines, it all goes hand in hand for me. I’m like a sponge, I try to look and learn from everything because you never know where you can get ideas from.
What is your current favorite shoe from Emme Parsons, and how would you style it?
I’m absolutely in love with the Leandra heels. think it’s such a great shoe, you can style it in so many ways and easily transition it from day to night. Incredibly chic!
Guilty or not so guilty pleasure?
I love having a quiet day at home with my boyfriend watching movies or binge watching TV shows.
Last great book that you read?
Walk Through Walls: A Memoir by Marina Abramovic
What is the best piece of advice you have ever received and why?
The first thing that came to my mind is an advice by Björk that I read in one of her interviews “just go for a walk for an hour and come back and see how you feel”. I try to remind this myself everyday. It’s so easy to get lost in the constant scrolling, especially when it’s part of your work but it’s so important to take the time to go outside, take a deep breath and spend time with yourself.