August 15, 2015
It's been awhile since I have posted here on Dressing Up in Daisies, and a lot of changes have happened in my life over the past year. I moved from San Diego to San Francisco for college, and I have also recently switched blogging platforms and created a new blog on wordpress called Style in the Street.
The reasons for my halt in blogging consisted of having absolutely zero spare time for activities unrelated to work and school, as well as a building distaste for some major facets of the fashion industry as I studied fashion at my art college. In my own mind while growing up, I glorified the fashion industry and wholeheartedly believed that fashion was solely a form of art that is directly influenced and affected by history and the changes of a society as a whole, as self-expression is exercised by what a person chooses to put on in the morning. After a couple of months attending fashion school, I realized this was all wishful thinking.
I have a lot of issues that are so deeply rooted into the industry that it became impossible for me to ignore for the sake of art or expression. Reality is, the fashion industry is a business first and foremost. The pressure of our consumerism society causes designers to thinking less and less about creative expression and more about appealing to the masses. In regards to mass production, especially when it comes to fast fashion, countless of popular brands have been manufacturing in sweat shops in third world countries with unfair conditions and sometimes even child labor. It is important to think about the clothes on your back beyond how cute they looked in the store window- What is the ecological footprint of the textiles used? What were the conditions this was manufactured under? Is this an original piece that a designer created without robbing the ideas of another creative mind? What about the regulations regarding the size of the models who advertised this piece?
As the list goes on, I must clarify that I have not thrown out the industry altogether. There are still designers and stores who hold themselves to a higher standard, as well as focusing on making clothes that they believe in, while making women feel beautiful/badass/confident. Fashion is not about trends, fitting in, or being a conforming "cookie-cutter" with the masses. Fashion is whatever the wearer decides it to be; it is art, expression, a product of the times and one's individual way of thinking. This is what sustains my interest in fashion- the people who are wearing the clothes and how they choose to style themselves for their day to day lives. For those of you following me over from Dressing Up In Daisies, I must warn you that this new blog will be different. Instead of mainly focusing on celebrity style and upcoming trends, I will be celebrating style from the streets of San Francisco (my current home!) and observing the differing aesthetics and influences of real people. I will also share some of my own outfits, as well as the art, music, people, etc. who inspire me. I would love for you all to continue following me on my journey, and you can subscribe to my new blog via email on the sidebar of Style in the Street. I hope you all enjoy.
December 30, 2014
Roberto Cavalli RTW Spring 2015
Missoni RTW Spring 2015
Alberta Ferretti RTW Spring 2015
Emiliano Pucci RTW Spring 2015
The maxi dress first emerged into fashion as a part of the 1960's hippie movement, which was intended to counter the growing trend of the mini skirt. In the 1970's, global influences and new printing technology allowed maxi dresses to be made out of exotic and fresh fabrics that had never been seen before. A flowing silhouette was the favorite of Americans during the last half of the hippie movement in the 70's. This look has been reborn on the Milan runways for several Ready-to-Wear Spring 2015 shows. Designers have clearly taken inspiration from the silhouette, colors, and fabrics of the 70's in order to create maxi dresses that are relevant for today's fashion consumer. Peter Dundas, designer of Pucci, "...held a grudge against [his] parents that [he] wasn't an adult in the 1970s to actually have fun then. It just feels right again now." The 70's-inspired maxi dress trend exerts an essence of playful easiness that has caused this look to make a comeback for this next spring.
March 13, 2014
There is something endearing about a brand that has been around for over two centuries, and has seldom changed their classic trademark style and fit over time. Birkenstocks have been around since their emergence in 1776 in Germany, but are most famously known for their popularity in America during the 60's and 70's. The free-spirited hippies of this time period identified with the "back-to-nature" feel that comes along with owning a pair of birkenstocks. They became more than just a pair of sandals, they were a way of life-some even believed they were the catalyst of a movement.
After some time on the backburner during the 80's, Birkenstock popularity experienced a resurgence during the grungy 90's. Again, people gravitated towards the laid-back easiness that the sandals emulated. The 90's were a period of an undone and effortless style, which made people yearn for the spirit of the care-free days of Woodstock.
A few months ago, my mind became fixated on owning a pair of my own Arizona style Birkenstocks. Maybe a lifetime of watching my dad shamelessly rock socks and Birks finally took its toll on me, who knows. I finally got my own pair of purple metallic leather Arizonas for Christmas, and my wardrobe was forever changed. They automatically add an effortlessly chic touch to any outfit, while carrying a visual history along with every wear that indefinitely attracts compliments. Not to mention they are by far the most comfortable shoes I have ever worn, because after just a few wears they become customly molded to the owner's feet.
Since I've been converted into your typical granola-crunching Birkenstock lover, I have seen Birkenstocks popping up once again into the world of fashion. Over the past couple years, celebrities such as the Olsen twins and Anne Hathaway have nailed the casual celebrity look while rocking various styles. With summer just around the corner, stores such as Urban Outfitters have suddenly stocked up on a wide selection of Birkenstocks. Birkenstock truly has something for everyone, as they go beyond their classic two-strap Arizona style, and now make various sandals that some may find more flattering. Owning your own pair is not only a fresh update to any closet, but also gives the wearer a sense of history and community that is impossible to find with any other shoe brand.