Vukota Brajović is a producer, screenwriter and one of the actors in the movie “Zone of the Dead”, a Serbian-American co-production, the only film from Serbia that has been sold world wide. Some of you may remember the days when he was the “it” male model that did many campaigns and fashion shows. He made a break to work in a movie industry and luckily for all fashionistas he is back with a new project that presents his personal style. We spoke with him about the past and future works, also he revealed to us some secrets of his style and his ambition to share it fashion audience.
First of all tell us something about Your work in the movie industry?
Well, I studied movie production at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade, but I have always wanted to write and direct. Acting was never something that I was really interested in and this, in a way, came naturally… although I still consider myself a writer and a producer, but the one who acts a little bit here and there.
You were a screenwriter, a producer and an actor in the movie “Zone of the Dead”. Are you satisfied with that project?
Well, how could I not be? For a debut movie, it did a solid job and it’s sold worldwide, which must be considered a success. Artistically speaking, of course that I think that movie could’ve been better. It’s normal for me to never be completely satisfied with things that I’ve done, it’s something that drives you forward and makes you push beyond your limits.
How would you describe your personal style? Where do you get your inspiration from?
This happened on my first year of studies. I was seriously into bodybuilding back then, and I was in good shape, but pretty large for a model. And then I saw ads all around the city. Model agency in Belgrade searched for fresh faces and at the same time I did a scouting job for another agency in NYC. They organized a contest and the winners would travel to New York to sign a contract with that agency. I applied just because I was curious, but surprisingly, I went to the top ten, among roughly 2000 candidates. Eventually, I didn’t win the contest, but all of that inclined me to give modelling a try. Oh, and I had to lose some weight, too, so I lost good 10 kg of pure muscle mass, that I later regretted.
#MyCalvins; Photo: Marko Arsic and Dijana Tolicki
When was the first time that got you interested in fashion?
This happened when I was very young, during the eighties, when rockabilly style started to reemerge after many years of the punk-rock rule. I found myself totally smitten by James Dean-esque look, maybe because of the philosophy behind all that. Rebellion and stuff.
How did you decide to start your blog Style by Vukota?
I think that fashion blogs are very important because they address to you in quite direct manner. People tend to connect with someone who shares his personal views and that’s the point of all of this, isn’t it? So, at this very moment, I think that blogging is the best (and maybe the easiest) way to approach a wide audience to present your style and your thoughts as well.
How would you describe your personal style? Where do you get your inspiration from?
I must say I am very much under the influence of rock, so I use rock elements, which I implement in a casual and elegant style. I like a bit dark and edgy look but also I like to experiment and play with clothing which I will show in my future editorials.
Rock’n’Roll – my everlasting inspiration; Photo: Marko Arsic and Dijana Tolicki
We have also seen that you really bet on accessories. Which one is never out of fashion for you?
I’m a watch kind of guy. Always was, always will be. For me, having a quality timepiece is a must have for any man, stylish or not. I have great admiration for Rolex and Tudor watches and I have worn their products for years. I’m lucky that I have a good relationship with Petite Genève Petrović, authorized dealer of Rolex brand for Serbia and Hungary. In cooperation with them we promoted some really prestigious models on the photo shooting. But I also like many brands that don’t fit in the luxury category. I tend to proudly wear anything that I find interesting and stylish.
Timeless elegance by Hugo Boss; Watch: Rolex Cellini; Photo: Marko Arsic and Dijana Tolicki
Any advice you would like to give men about what to wear this season?
I must say that whatever you choose to wear you must feel good in it and that style must compliment your body and look in general. I think with years every man knows what that is for him. If we speak about trends now more than ever it is possible to mix different styles, such as elegant with sport, for example Adidas Superstar sneakers with an elegant shirt etc.
Can you name some of your most favorite fashion brands?
Well, that’s a difficult one. I really like to experiment with styles and in my closet you can find really different brands. But, Hugo Boss is the brand that I always love to return to.
Timeless elegance by Hugo Boss; Photo: Marko Arsic and Dijana Tolicki
What is the most valuable thing in your closet?
I have a small collection of watches. Nothing too fancy, but I like them very much. And the most valuable one, at least for me, is the one that I got from one special person.
Who are your fashion icons? Tell us about the most fashionable people you know.
I’m inspired with various people, mostly artists. I mean, how can you beat the influence of one Paul Newman? Or Robert Redford? But if we speak about more contemporary figures, I think that Lenny Kravitz is the epitome of what I find interesting and edgy on today’s scene. His style is maybe a little brash and aggressive, but it goes perfectly with his rock star persona. And his shape is remarkable even at the age of fifty. On the other hand, I really appreciate style of male supermodel David Gandy. He perfectly found his niche to fit in, with his image of an English gentleman in veins of Sean Connery and Timothy Dalton, combined with ruggedly good looks and fantastic taste in both clothing and vintage cars, which he owns and drives in private.
Italian gentleman look by Pal Zileri; Photo: Marko Arsic and Dijana Tolicki
What has been your favorite work so far?
I write a lot. Really a lot. Something I will, presumably, publish, and something is just for me, some kind of soul food, you know? But I have really enjoyed shooting for Fashionela, I can’t remember that I ever had such a fantastic crew that really did an amazing job. Photographers Marko Arsic and Dijana Tolicki surpassed my (already huge) expectations and I’m really looking forward to our next collaboration.
Who would you like to work with in the future?
I would like to collaborate more with international fashion brands. That’s the one of my goals for the next period. Also, I would like to travel and shoot on different locations. We have just finished shooting in Budapest in amazing Corinthia hotel that inspired the Wes Anderson’s masterpiece “The Grand Budapest hotel” and couple of other interesting places. My team and I plan to go to Paris and Stockholm… and basically to always have shootings in metropolises with great architecture.
How do you balance your personal life and your career?
It’s not that difficult at all. You just have to like the things that you do, and also to love the person you’re with. With mutual understanding, everything is really simple. And I’m the type who doesn’t like to sacrifice one thing for another, so I’m giving my best to keep everything under control.
What do you like to do when you have time off?
I enjoy watching the movies. I mean, I really do. I’m trying to keep up with modern tendencies in movie business, but I have my personal all-time favorites that I watch every once in a while. That relaxes me the most.
What do you do to stay in shape?
Everything! I’m working out six times a week, combining training with weights, cardio, high intensity interval training and running. But, nutrition is the key for really good shape and I had wonderful results with standard low-carb regimen.
What is your skin care routine?
I don’t have any special routine that I do at home. I like to have classic facial treatment when I need it, and I then I go to SKINmedic estetic center.
What’s your favorite music at the moment??
I’m a rocker all the way and I’m pretty old fashioned when it comes to music. I basically like everything that I liked when I was a kid. So, there are always bits of Bruce Springsteen, Carlos Santana, The Rolling Stones and Metallica in my playlist. Sometimes, when I get tired of rock (which cannot happen, but let’s assume it does), I have my blues days, with likes of BB King, John Lee Hooker and Clapton. Recently I’m listening to Lenny Kravitz’s last album “Strut” and I must say that I really like it. It’s progressive and commercial at the same time… really, really good stuff. Oh, and Sting’s last one, “The Last Ship”, a masterpiece if you ask me.
Can you tell us something about your future projects?
Like I said before, I’m very pleased with my collaboration with the Fashionela portal. I’m starting my own website now, which will also be linked to Fashionela. I will try to bring something new on our fashion scene, by presenting my vision of both street style and some more formal wear. It will be done with my remarkable team and I’m sure that viewers of both Fashionela and my future site will be pleased and entertained. Oh, and I’ll continue to contribute to Fashionela Men’s Corner.
You are present in the social media, on twitter, instagram etc. What do you think about it and its influence? What deserves to go on your Instagram?
I think that influence of social media is simply huge. I mean, it’s getting bigger right now as we speak, it’s an ever-growing community and all we can do is to go with the flow. And I find Instagram perhaps the most personal network of them all. So, anything that you can see on my profile speaks of me as a person and defines me in a way.
Aleksandra Paljic for Fashionela