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Let's go inside some of the industry's greatest closets off the runway and off camera.  Everything on this site is handpainted by the author. Follow me on Instagram @theclosetinterview and @annthaden.

Evita Loca

Evita Loca

Today I’m meeting Evita Loca at St. James in Durham, NC.  Evita is a fashion designer that has created custom designs for talents including Zensofly and Duckwrth.  I had the pleasure of meeting Evita at the NCMA's Ebony Fashion Fair exhibit opening last month.  She was wearing her own designs including a Mercedes Benz sequin dress and a checkered faux fur jacket available here.  Be sure to follow her @evitaloca.

Hello, It’s Ann. It’s great to see you Evita. Can I interview your closet? Yes, absolutely!

What’s your favorite T-Shirt? Where and why did you buy it?  My favorite t-shirt currently is a rolling stone cover of Rob Zombie. I’ve had it since 9th grade and it’s still a favorite of mine to wear on my super casual days.

Rob Zombie

Are you a sweater person or a sweatshirt person?  Sweatshirts definitely! I keep sweatshirts longer than a sweater i usually end up ruining within the same year I buy it. lol.

What did you wear on your last girl’s night or guy’s night out?  I wore an H&M men’s jersey I cut into a crop top, floral flared pants in which I made from remnants found and Durham scrap exchange, and a clutch bag most likely purchased from a street vendor in Brooklyn.

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What did you do together?  We went to a local mini fashion show that night at the City of Raleigh Museum, downtown raleigh.

What drink do you like to order on a night out?  I usually get a sunset mixed drink or I’ll settle with a rum and coke…. water if I’m the designated driver in which case I usually am because it saves me money lol!

What music do you enjoy on a night out?  I love it when the Dj mixes reggaeton into the mix or early 00s Hip Hop in with the general modern  playlist. I lose my mind every time like “OhMyyyyGoddddd, who Is responsible for this magnificent art form??!!



Where do you want to travel to next?  Shanghai.

What essentials would you pack for the trip?  Good walking shoes in case I have a long day that involves me accidentally getting exercise and at least one fancy outfit or more depending on how much I carry.

What non-essential thing would you pack for this trip?  Definitely I’d pack my camera and my laptop.



What did you wear to school when you were young?  In Elementary school I wore a uniform all the time.  For the majority of high school I couldn’t really wear what  I wanted because my parents would have a heart attack about anything that DID NOT look like it could be bought from an Amerimark catalog.

What is the coolest thing you wore in High School?  My senior year I was in the school talent show singing “bust your windows” by Jazmine Sullivan and I wore this embellished top from Target I tucked into a black Tutu mini skirt with black pleather leggings and black suede booties. I was going for a moody ballerina to set the tone for the song lol.

Evita Loca sequin fringe crop top and high waist pants.

Evita Loca sequin fringe crop top and high waist pants.

What is the biggest splurge or investment piece you purchased?  I don’t own anything too valuable that I’ve purchased with my money but I am eyeballing some of the Jeremy Scott for Adidas bubble jacket sets that have the bright colored prints.

Do you feel the investment has been worthwhile?  Yes, it definitely would be worth it. I’ve been a fan of Jeremy Scott and his work since his first collaboration with Adidas in 2008.

What is your favorite fashion bargain? How much do you wear it?  My favorite fashion bargain recently was a pair of Jeffrey Campbell platform shoes with lug soles they were originally like $150 but Nordstrom Rack had them for sale for like $45.


ALAÏA Leather & Velvet Platform Ankle Boots available at  Barneys New York. 

ALAÏA Leather & Velvet Platform Ankle Boots available at Barneys New York. 

What do you wear when you work out?  When I finally drag myself to workout I almost always wear black yoga/running pants. Shoes are always Nikes because they’re super comfortable and don’t punish my feet for being slightly flat-footed during long term wear.

What do you wear to the grocery store? Usually I’m In workout clothes at the grocery store holding cookies and and the largest family sized bag of chips I can find :)

What shoes do you wear in the rain? In the rain if I’m not wearing rain boots, I’ll wear black sneakers or combat boots or anything closed .patent leather. I hate when rain and mud ruins a good pair of shoes so I try to stay away from any absorbing shoe material that can tint the shade of the shoe.



What shoes do you wear for a party? I Usually wear sneakers or platforms that allow me to move freely.

What do you wish you had in your closet but don’t have? I really want a pair of white cowboy boots with crazy gold studded detail like the kind a successful drug cartel would wear in the action movies.


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Which celebrity’s closet would you raid? I would definitely raid Gwen Stefani's Closet because she’s been pulling off styles that are just now showing up 15 years later and when she was actively touring she would make her own outfits with a sewing machine or just scissors. That woman knows what she’s doing when it comes to fashion.

What did you last give away in your closet and who did you give it to?  The last thing I gave away was a wax print floral mini skirt I made.



What is the best piece of clothing or accessory that someone else bought for you?  My best friend gave me a pair of black adidas with the extended wings.

What piece(s) of jewelry do you wear everyday?  Usually a pair of gold hoops, They go with almost everything.


Jennifer Fisher Earrings available  here.

Jennifer Fisher Earrings available here.

Do you wear a fragrance?  I usually wear a Bath&body Works’ Madagascar wild vanilla scent or anything vanilla.



Thanks for letting me interview your closet Evita. I’m glad I got to know you better too. Now would you mind if I borrowed your sequin Mercedes Benz dress?

Jemar Michael

Jemar Michael

Putting on the St. Regis

Putting on the St. Regis