The fashion of the series is a character in itself. What was Gabriel’s sartorial history?
First of all, I think they didn’t want him to be too pissed off. They wanted fashion to match his personality, who is a lost and down-to-earth French boy who wants to be successful on his own. He works in the restaurant business, so they didn’t want it to be too trendy, but they still wanted it to have color. You know, with Lily and Camille [Razat] and Ashley and all these amazing outfits that everyone has on the show, we didn’t want it to be too gray or colorless, so we had to find a go-between. I walked into this big warehouse where Patricia Field and Marylin were waiting for me and they said to me: “Okay, choose what you want. Choose what you feel like Gabriel, and we’ll adjust together. So it was just a day at the chocolate factory. Being a part of the process was amazing. And I’m just Gabriel. Can you imagine Lily, Camille and Ashley walking around this warehouse with all the dresses and amazing high fashion fashions? It was really one thing.
What is your personal relationship with fashion?
I love fashion. I’m a caveman so I don’t really like fashion events and stuff like that, but I love this opportunity to reinvent myself every time. I get tired of what I’m wearing very easily, so I keep reinventing my style. I can be laid back, I can be hippie, I can be classy. I just like to follow my instincts and my moods.
You’ve been to Burning Man a few times, an all-in-one fashion environment. What were some of your favorite looks from this event?
It’s funny because the first year I went was in 2014 and we didn’t have a lot of pictures. It wasn’t that Instagrammable and I didn’t even know where I was going. I was excited about the adventure and getting lost, but I didn’t know. So I started reading stuff that [said] it was between Coachella and Mad Max, and I didn’t really know what I was doing, but I ended up wearing nothing. The Burning Man ruler is what you would wear if there weren’t for the rulers. So you see all of these people blossoming and becoming themselves, and the further you go through the weekend, the more organically amazing the costumes are. People don’t even think about it. It’s like, “Oh, you gave me that shirt because I was cold, and I gave you that, then this guy gave me a bracelet.” I feel like you should do it once in your life. At least one time.