For our brand new GERMAN ISSUE, we hooked up with Spanish laser/technology company Jeanologia and asked five German personalities to send us their very own artworks to be lasered on a personal denim jacket, kindly provided by Levi's. One of them was Rabea Schif. If she didn't go for a career in TV and online moderation, she surely would have ended up in fashion. Six years ago, the charismatic figure moved back from London to her native Frankfurt - and is since enrichting the local street canyons with her distinct style.
What does fashion mean to you?
I love fashion! It is both my passion and my hobby. Not only the design, but also the combination and staging of single styles are fascinating to me. That can be breathtaking details or an exciting styling.
Are Germans generally fashion-lazy and simply wear s.Oliver and functional clothing all the time? Or are there designers/brands/fashion trends from Germany that you find interesting?
Sadly, I think that Germans in general ARE rather lazy when it comes to fashion. However in Berlin, quite an exciting fashion scene has come to life by now where people are more daring. There are some German labels that I personally find very interesting, including Lala Berlin, Dorothee Schumacher and MalaikaRaiss.
Which Germans do you think have great style?
Lena Meyer-Landrut, Julia Malik and Annette Weber–these women have individual style and are more courageous when it comes to styling.
How would you describe your own style?
My style kind of depends on my mood, it’s eclectic yet distinct–it can range from tomboy to schoolgirl-meets-’60s-London, from rock star to Jane Birkin. My style is always simple and casual but chic, with a bit of an edge.
We (Sportswear International and you) are both based in Frankfurt. Is there a typical “Frankfurt style”?
Most Frankfurters like to dress a little more elegant but a true “Frankfurt style” doesn’t exist, I think.
What do you like about Frankfurt?
I love the fact that it is quite small and you can easily get from A to B. It’s a very easy and comfortable city to live in with all the amenities you need. You can easily travel to other cities and it has an international vibe. We have a great subcultural scene here, with lots of new bars and clubs popping up–the only thing I really miss is a wide selection of restaurants and stores for shopping which you find in other cities like London and Berlin.
Do you work with a stylist?
No, I normally always dress myself. Only at Prominent [a German celebrity TV show] I had a stylist who organized my outfits, but I always had a say there!
Would you like to launch your own fashion collection one day? What would it look like?
Absolutely! That would actually be a dream come true! In my collection there would be tees with ’70s prints, flared pants and great suits for women. I love denim, velvet, silk, lace and corduroy and would definitely integrate these fabrics into my collection. Comparing the brand to others it would probably be a mix of Gucci meets Valentino…
Which brands/designers are among your favorites?
Gucci, Valentino, Prada, Miu Miu, Alexa Chung and young brands such as Isa Arfen, Shrimps, Blaze Milano or, from the US, Sugarhighlovestoned, Jesse Kamm or Staud Clothing.
Do you remember your first pair of jeans?
I think it actually was a Levi’s 501!
What do you always keep in your pocket?
My mobile and lip balm.
What is the most expensive piece in your closet?
My Valentino wedding dress.
…and the cheapest?
A vintage T-shirt that was €2.
What is your absolute favorite piece of clothing?
My Gucci loafers.
What would you never wear?
Adiletten slides. At least I believe so… ;)
Do you prefer fashion shopping on- or offline?
When in Frankfurt, I prefer to shop online, as the offer is relatively limited here. I like the surprise moment of online shopping–you never know if the pieces look and fit as good as you imagine them to do. Plus you do have the time and leisure for trying on things at home!
What are your favorite stores?
In Frankfurt: Pfüller, Hayashi, Epiphany or 13. Online I like to shop at Topshop, Mytheresa, Stylebob or Avenue32.
What’s your fashion faux-pas from the past?
I think my biggest faux-pas were Buffalo platform shoes in silver–these are very popular nowadays again amongst youngsters but for me that trend is totally passé.
...and now some “either or” questions:
Rolex or Apple Watch?
Supreme or Louis Vuitton?
Jeans or jogging pants?
Camper van or yacht?
New York or Nizza?
Newspaper or news app?
Karaoke or concert?
Sorry, but there is no “either or”–definitely both!
Jay-Z or Kanye?
Jimmy Fallon or Oprah?
Robert Johnson [famed electronic music club near Frankfurt] or couch?
These days? The couch.
Find out more about the stars and shapers of our GERMAN ISSUE in the brand new print magazine or check the digital magazine here.