Name: Vincent Frederic Colombo
Hometown: Saint-Claude, Guadeloupe
Now Lives: In a two-bedroom courtyard apartment in the Saint-Ambroise area of Paris.
Claim to Fame: Mr. Colombo is an art director, model casting director, fashion stylist and designer, whose work explores cultural and racial appropriation in fashion and the arts. His stylist work has been featured in publications like Theones2watch and Dedicate.
Casting clients include Vivienne Westwood and Bernard Wilhelm, who rely on his ability to find unique-looking models from the street for their runway shows. “It’s about seeing potential in people that they don’t see themselves,” Mr. Colombo said. “To be able to see someone as an actor who can help create a story.”
Big Break: In 2014, Mr. Colombo and his friend Fanny Viguier started Creole Soul, a photography project styled and art directed by Mr. Colombo and shot by Ms. Viguier. Inspired by vintage postcards that perpetuated stereotypes of Caribbean cultures, the stark black-and-white images mixed contemporary street wear with native Creole clothing to offer a modern vision of the Creole diaspora.
Latest Project: Since then, Creole Soul has evolved into a multidimensional creative exploration of Creole identity. Last year, Mr. Colombo started a line of T-shirts and hoodies, and he plans to release a new capsule collection in September. “I was surprised to discover how some designers expressed the Creole aesthetic without any real modern ready-to-wear vision,” Mr. Colombo said. “We don’t want to be seen only as exotic fantasies.”
Next Thing: Mr. Colombo is working on a unisex jewelry collection of earrings, rings, necklaces and chains that he hopes to unveil in the fall. “It’s a balance between the masculine and the feminine, referencing folk Creole family jewels and the gangsta world,” he said.
Strike a Pose: Mr. Colombo is a self-described “ghost member” of the Mizrahi House, one of the dance collectives in Paris modeled after the house-ball scene in Harlem. He also loves to vogue. “I have some good basic knowledge, I just need to improve it,” he said. “But most of the time, at parties, people think I’m a professional dancer.”