Fashion is a multifarious arena full of multifarious individuals. Many notable characters from this pool of people have sat front row, have plastered their faces on billboards, and have been muses and models to designers. But the reality of this system is: decades pass, trends go. The terribly fickle industry has washed off many people out of this system, leaving nothing – not even a partial understanding of their memory. However; every so often, a miracle, as you may call it, happens. A few characters, by their charismatic styles and uniqueness find their way against oblivion. These people are revolutionary, and so they shall be named: Fashion Icons.
Fashion innovations such as the new look by Dior, or the flapper dress by Chanel always came as an underlying protest against prevailing norms that were not favorable to women. So when Amelia Blooomer thought of making the Bloomer famous (a pair of pants worn underneath the skirt) long before these contemporary innovations, she decided that women should not need uncomfortable corsets and petticoats. Although this idea of ridiculous confinement in ridiculously underserving clothes are long gone, Bloomer’s efforts still transcend today as she is a prominent figure in the women’s rights movement. Without her and the courageous efforts of her colleagues, we would have been living differently, and probably less comfortable than how we are now.
On personal style, Iris Apfel once said that it is all about “attitude, attitude, attitude”. A known fashion icon looked upon by other fashion icons, including Tavi Gevinson among many others, Iris usually wears her signature glasses with large, beaded necklaces and big bangles. Apfel founded an international textile house with her husband named “Old World Weavers” in the 50s, was involved in several White House restorations, and has been affiliating herself with various fashion related activities including the 2006 “Rara Avis: Selections from the Iris Apfel Collections” exhibit held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Anna del Russo
With Vogue Nippon proving to be an exceptional piece of publication under her belt, Anna Del Russo proves to be a driving force in the industry. Known for her outrageous styling and decadent taste in clothing, Anna is streetstyle favorite and it seems unimaginable to spectate on major fashion show seasons without seeing her being hailed as one of the best dressed. Truly, Ana del Russo proves that ‘fashion is a declaration of your own freedom’.
Impressively stylish Andre and Daryl Chang have become great influences in the local fashion scene for quite some time now. Andre is an avant-garde blogger while Daryl currently works as the fashion director of Preview Magazine. A noteworthy trait of these two people is their striking mastery of color and silhouette that enables them to create visually satisfying clothing ensembles - whether this fashioning be seen on them or in their fashion editorials.
Tavi Gevinson is only 18 but she has bloomed early on by establishing herself as one of the most important people in the industry today. Apart from being the editor in chief of the renowned online magazine called Rookie, Tavi Gevinson sets sights on allowing herself to grow further by engaging in other affairs outside of fashion. She’s been into acting (Broadway remake of This Is Our Youth and a movie called Enough Said) right now and this arena is slowly becoming her new niche. Who knows? She might just win her own Oscar soon.
Ever since the hugely untrendy Normcore trend blasted influences on every style conscious individual on the planet, many figures who conventionally dressed in extremely-casual-clothes-they-parallel-uniforms, eventually became huge fashion influences. That includes Steve Jobs. Jobs is a renowned intellectual known for innovating one of the most important companies today while single-handedly donning his ever utilitarian wardrobe of a round eyeglasses, black turtleneck sweater, bright washed jeans, and sneakers. Indeed an unpretentious exercise of authentic style.
The woman responsible for Alexander Mcqueen’s name both literally and figuratively (Alexander Mcqueen was called Lee Mcqueen by his old friends before he rose to fame), Blow is an artist passionate about advancing her style to extreme ventures. She is also a celebrated figure known for her outlandish hats usually designed by Phillip Tracey. Hats acts as a her wall being that she wants to be surrounded, or so kissed only by the people she loves dearly.
Despite being English, Jane Birkin was one the most important people who defined the Bohemian style in Paris 1960s. Notable Birkin clothing staples included wide-legged denim jeans, off shoulder tops, and kitten heels. On a flight headed to London, she was about to sit ready for travel when the contents of her bag fell out. Luckily, she happened to be sitting next to Hermes’ chief executive Jean-Louis Dumas who designed a bag that had pockets to suit her needs. The famous Hermes Birkin bag was thus born.
(n.) \ī-ˈden-tə-tē, ə-, -ˈde-nə-\
the qualities, beliefs, etc., that make a particular person or group different from others
We are all different and unique. We have our own ego and of course, our own way of doing things. Identity is just a simple word that sums up individuality as a whole. There are absolutely millions of things that make us different. Some of these things can be explicitly noticed; however, some of those things can be too little to be observed.
As a person, my blog alone differentiates me right away from people. Blogging is immediately one of the words I am associated to. To be remembered or seen in the fashion blogging industry, one must have own distinction. It is not about going with how styles transcend but it is about setting your own forte in terms of style. It is also about making things more interesting as if you’re adding some spices into a recipe.
Finding my style
All I know is that this happens gradually. As I go on with my blog, I get to know myself even more. I learn about my immediate inclination towards black and white. In contrast, I also see that I have admiration for colorful and uniquely structured prints. I also discover my personal and undying love for leather and fur.
My personal style bundles up to three simple words: Classic. Sophisticated. Structured.
Establishing my personal website
Owning a blog with a simple yet aesthetic layout was my goal. As I edited my layout, I made sure that the color palette was purely made up of black, white, and hues of gray. With that, my entries stood out. Also remember to place a blog name or title. Make it meaningful and embrace it because this is how people will know you.
Aside from the usual outfit posts that had several photos and a paragraph of thoughts and feelings towards the look, I love adding additional stories into that entry like mentioning the littlest of details I see in the garments or stating my opinions or guesses about the upcoming trends. Moreover, I’m not fond of making long entries for these posts. I like to keep it clear and concise! On another note, I also like making new posts for my readers like my shops to visit and caption this entries. It’s my way of setting myself aside from the other bloggers, which also shows more of my personality. Moreover, these entries also keep my blog more engaging and fun. As I said earlier, it is about making things more interesting for everyone!
To wrap this all up, I prepared a few tips and tricks for creative outfit shots and blog posts!
Creating the right OOTD photo
Step 1: Make sure your outfit is all in place. No slanted necklaces or any unwanted folds.
Step 2: Be confident. Think of a good pose and the proper angle. Don’t forget to direct your photographer on how you want the shot to look like!
Step 3: Strike the pose and kill the photo! Once you have established your confidence, everything else will follow.
Before starting an entry, think about the purpose of the post. What is it about and what is it for. From there, start brainstorming on how you want your photos to go or how you are going to write your thoughts about it.
Back in the I Know Write Manila event, I always emphasized about being your own person. How you should set your own ways and do your own things. You should keep in mind that your posts should reflect who you are as a blogger and as a person.
Making a good entry lies on the story or on the written content. You can write about your thoughts towards the certain purpose or maybe a backstory to how you made the entry. Moreover, a meaningful post can also be about your say to a certain issue or even your admiration to certain things. Just make sure that it is directly connected to your chosen purpose.
Having a blog means that you are bound to influence other people. When composing a post, always think about what the reader will benefit from it. Will they discover something or learn anything new? Or maybe get some inspiration? Well, this is where everything pays off. When you see that your entry is of use to other people it shows how effective your posts are and how you are becoming someone influential. Remember, blogging is not merely just making entries. It is also about showing individuality and influencing others. It is explicitly voicing out one’s own identity.
by Renée De Guzman
visit her blog here
'Tis that time of the year again where us, students, get to have at least a two-week break from that place called "school". And what are we to do but sleep, eat, shop, and eat some more? But more often than not, we find ourselves bored out of our minds and broke because of the Christmas shopping we'll yet be recovering from. But thank God for DIY projects because they can cure boredom and can console your being broke. Here's a compilation of some of the DIY projects you can do at home with the things that are (hopefully) inside your house (isn't it great that you don't even have to go out of the house and spend more money??).
DIAMOND CUT-OUT SHIRT
EMBROIDERED STATEMENT SHIRT
Ta-da! You've just revamped 5 things you can find at home. What a great way to start your 2015, am I right? This is great for those who have nothing better to do at home and just really want to be creative this holiday season. So, have fun, be creative, and show them off for the world to see in 2015.
- Marian and Kim
Graphic tees never go out of style; especially those ones that feature quotes or texts that just perfectly fuel your teenage angst. Sometimes it’s better not to say anything at all and just let your clothes do the talking, so here are some t-shirts that exactly do that:
1. When you really want to tell someone that you hate them
2. When you're sick and tired of answering questions about your future
3. When someone talks shit about you in front of your face
4. When you just want to tell someone how you feel
5. When you feel someone staring at you from behind
6. When you're so close to giving up
7. When someone's talking about something that doesn't interest you in any way
8. When there is only one true form of happiness
9. When you're Tumblr af
10. And finally, when you're broke af :(
Which of these just gets you?
- Reign Gonzales
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Being stylish is fun because you get the chance to show an image that is very pleasing to the eyes. It gives you the power to express your feelings. However; your comfort should never be discarded and abused just so you would can look trendy. Here are five reasons why comfort comes first before style:
- Jiona Lagmay
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Lyndsey Weir is an icon for admiration because of two things: one, she's an empowered woman who speaks her mind; and two, you will always see her wearing the same tough looking military jacket no matter what. This jacket of hers has become an integral part of her character and it is practically hard to know who she is without it.
Now allow me to digress a bit. In today's society where information via the internet practically travels faster than light, it is so much easier to get caught up in the ever changing tides of fashion movements. About a year ago, we had the hipster look, then the Harajuku girl image. Now, soft grunge, norm core, and sea punk are all the rage. These three movements are heavily influenced by media and relies fundamentally on 1990s appropriations. This week, Reinvent shall help you swim flawlessly with the tides of such movements and find your own handy "Lyndsey Weir" jacket by looking into clothing staples you must have in your wardrobe ASAP. Trust us, you will never get sick of these things.
but before anything else,
WHAT IS NORMCORE /SEA PUNK /SOFT GRUNGE ANYWAYS??
1. go-to casual bag - PREFERABLY a really big tote bag
As 21st century hoarders of goodness and delights of our preference, we deserve a bag that can hold all the weight of all these wonders. We need a bag that can hold all our cool school books to all our cool life stuff. If you are willing to invest, Mansur Gavriel is one of the best brands for dressy bags. Even Stylecaster featured this brand as one of the most viewed items of the year. Choose a go-to bag in your favourite colour! But if in doubt, black is usually a safe bet because it doesn't get soiled easily.
1. Confidence Level: I Woke Up Like This
As with anything else, confidence, and not arrogance, is important. Liking and feeling good in what you're wearing shouldn't be a problem when going out. Who cares if you're underdressed or overdressed for your night out? As long as what you're wearing isn't disrespectful or rude to the host, you should be able to wear what you want with confidence.
2. Comfort, Comfort, Comfort
If you're not in the mood to go out but you really have to, find something you're comfortable in and base your outfit around it or add it as a final touch to what you already have planned out. Whether it's wearing all black or wearing your overused pair of sneakers, a "safety blanket" will always make you feel better.
3. You Only Live Once
I think Sara Donaldson put it best when she said "life is too short to wear ugly clothes." Sure, it's fun to sit around in sleepwear all day but it's never a bad thing to dress up once in a while. And honestly, how often do you get to go out to a fancy event? Dress up in something special, go out, and have fun. Trust me, it won't be as bad as you think.
4. Don't Force It
But at the same time, don't do something you don't want to do just because someone said it's for a "special" event. If you don't want to wear heels or make up because it's not your thing or you just don't feel like it, then don't. Like I said earlier, confidence and comfort are essential but you can't have those two things when you're not happy with what you have on in the first place.
5. Do It for Yourself
This is probably the most important thing to remember when dressing up (for anything.) Choose and wear your clothes for yourself; not for other girls and definitely not for boys. This also means not conforming to all the fashion fads out there. The whole purpose of dressing up is to make you feel good, not to impress anybody else.
- Victoria Urrutia
*all photos are from Tumblr
Renee De Guzman