Everything just looks cooler in Europe. Over the years, we’ve seen it time and time again. The situation was no different when, one sunny afternoon in Berlin, we entered Refinery29 Germany’s content and creative director’s apartment through the friggin’ rooftop terrace. Yes, the actual door to her home is on the roof. Not only that, but the entire apartment building is inspired by Studio 54. Portraits of Andy Warhol and the gang hang around the place, quotes are written on the walls, and the elevator resembles a disco, complete with an actual disco ball and music.
Cloudy Zakrocki moved into the jazzy spot a little over a year ago and, given her passion and obsession with Studio 54 (she used to be the online EIC for Interview magazine), it couldn’t have been a more perfect fit. The rock-star and eccentric mentality of Studio 54 translates directly into Zakrocki’s personality, and as we started snapping photos, she cranked up some rock ’n’ roll and danced around her place while wearing star-covered red-and-blue bell-bottoms. As she whipped her platinum blond hair from side to side, we placed a Mickey Mouse leather jacket on Zakrocki’s bright red bookshelf and a Furla bag atop the chicest yellow typewriter we’ve ever seen. Seconds later we were back on the roof checking out the gorgeous view of Berlin’s Fernsehturm tower. Not long after, we were back on the streets of Berlin with images of vintage tees, piles of jewelry, strappy snakeskin heels, and literal rose-colored sunglasses on repeat through our mind. Another successful European shoot for the books.
Click through below to read about Zakrocki’s career moves, how she ended up in Berlin, and the song that best describes her style.
Interview by Tara Gonzalez.