Role model Kōsei Inoue / Japanese judoka
Judoka in front of the camera.
Not even an entire year on the scene and he’s already being treated as a shooting star: Julian Schneyder, young model and judo fighter. Versace, Calvin Klein, Dolce & Gabbana book him. He is the face of the Dsquared2 and Drykorn campaigns. And he’s just stood in front of the camera for the En Suite magazine of the Goldenes Quartier. His next big ambition: the Givenchy runway. “The staging and the whole feeling of the show are simply brilliant. I’d love to be a part of it.”
What’s your opinion of bearded men?
Sadly, the way my beard grows leaves much to be desired, but I really hope that it’ll get better with time. I really like beards.
Tux or tails?
Definitely a tux. I think it’s simply the more modern choice if you want to dress elegantly.
Which designer do you think is the shooting star of the 21st century?
Italo Zucchelli from Calvin Klein and Riccardo Tisci from Givenchy.
If you weren’t a model, you’d be a…
In all probability I’d still be a judoka competing internationally.
Is there anything you’re afraid of?
I have respect for a lot of things and treat them with care. But my favourite saying is still: “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger!” So I look forward to any challenges that come my way.
How would you change the world?
I wouldn’t like to be stuck in the body of a politician because I wouldn’t want to make those kinds of decisions. Personally, I would concentrate on the environment and reduce pollution. After this hot summer, I’m worried about weather in the future.
Do you give your friends fashion tips?
Funnily enough, my friends are increasingly asking me what they should wear. As a result of working with the best stylists in the world, I think that choosing clothes is becoming easier and I’m more fashion-conscious.
Which fashion trend is missing in Vienna?
Travelling around – also through America – I find it a shame that lots of American designers are not established in Vienna. Most of all I find the hip hop scene and its fashion cool.