Street Style Feels.

One of the greatest parts of cities that have established or evolving fashion scenes doesn’t only consist of the amazing fashion parties, runway shows and endless art filled events.. What about the people that attend them? After studying street style fashion from London’s Spring ’18 Menswear Shows and Pitti Uomo in Florence, I fell in love with the notion of street style all over again. What is street style? Self expression and identity displayed unapologetically. That’s my definition. A sense of style that is never created within design studios, but from the grassroots of the streets and the youth. Often times, we feel we are obligated to mirror a particular trend or celebrity’s sense of style… But, why? Is it because this is all that we see on social media, in magazines, and within society? Probably so. Looking through this collection of photographs, everyone seems to be within their own realm- within their own lane. It seems as if each person woke up that morning and decided to actually express themselves through their clothing- like they decided to defy society’s stencil of what they should look like.

Looking through photos of unique people in places that are far, far away from me- I’ve noticed something. Living in Cincinnati, a budding city with a ton of creative potential, I often see little to no individuality. There are a handful of creatives trying to work towards something here, something that will build a fashion scene- but it’s difficult because the masses don’t support individuality. As we are trained to remain conservative and repetitive in the careers we choose, the lives we live and the way that we look- Does this just become the cycle?

What is it going to take to gain more individuals who are comfortable in their own skin? Setting their own trends? Creating their own looks through research, fashion inspiration and more?

I guess I’m tired of seeing us all look alike and act alike. It’s like a city of robots.

But, who will break the cycle?

I think the lack of creativity blooms into a bigger picture that fashion- it grows into how we actually feel about ourselves, how we hold ourselves accountable within society, and how we lack positive change.

Unlike New York City or Los Angeles, Cincinnati is not necessarily a fashion capital of the world. So, we aren’t often handed the opportunities that creatives are given within those fashion capitals of the world. We have to work for them, build them. We have to start somewhere. But, us all looking alike and doing the same things won’t change that or open our eyes.

We have something thriving here, but we need to be different to impact the world.

I think we have a culture too.

We just haven’t tapped into it yet.

Street Style Feels.

Yeezy 2017 Ready-to-Wear

Yeezy did it for the fans, he did it for the street walkers. Bringing street style to the forefront, Yeezy made an effort to pull his artistry to the looks that his followers have been sporting for years. Through a mixture of denim jumpsuits, oversized hoodies, camouflage parkas, and a few replicas of your dad’s favorite jacket, West was able to speak directly to the streets. 

Pieces resembled looks that thrifters and hipsters have always created. Jeans were tucked into knee high boots, full length coats dripped as layering pieces, and tops were bunched into high waist pants. With the use of his star power, Kanye has an unlikely advantage over other designers that hasn’t reached its fullest potential. Through his inspiration from his own personal style and the style of his fans, West defintely seems to be moving in the right direction to face a spike in sales overall. 

The people want every day looks and Yeezy gave them just that. Considering the fact that West didn’t do a walk through after the show was complete, I’d say that he is definitely taking a backseat with the antics and he’s allowing the work to speak for itself. Great move. Signing off.

-SM

Yeezy 2017 Ready-to-Wear

DKNY Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear

A seamless and trend setting collection-

That’s what I feel DKNY presented for us in its Spring 2017 reveal.

Through the fusion of menswear, street style and sex appeal- designers have created a stylists dream.

I gawked at every model.

The men’s blazer was reincarnated in various ways throughout this collection with innovative design and styling techniques.

Women sported plunging necklines, boxy silhouettes, power shoulders and cinched waists.

The collection provided many familiar but remixed street style moments by taking inspiration from what’s happening within our closets right now.

There are lines being crossed in lifestyle fashion right now- 

There are no rules.

There were lightly branded pieces and accessories that added an urban touch to the forefront.

Elongated sweat shirts were paired with mid-length skirts, and track jackets were accompanied with high-waist trousers.

The smallest details are what made the collection so real and within arms reach for the normal street walkers.

From the frayed edges, to the leg slits- the DEETS took a front seat.

Many looks were accompanied with high knee socks and fanny packs to add a street layering effect.

The later parts of the collection were inspired by vintage trenches, the classic jumpsuit, and 90s tracksuits.

I thoroughly enjoyed the reinvention of many retail classics through the addition of new cuts, the addition of fabric, and the addition of embellishments.

Confort within high fashion was brought to a new level with this collection of pieces.

There seems to be a huge shift happening within fashion at this point.

Sportswear is taking a front seat in the inspiration of trends this year.

The rendition of chastity belt with sheer panels and extended thigh action was definitely the move for spring. 

The dressing and sexual freedom of women is something that is being expressed and changed right on the runway.

This collection is showcasing that women can remain powerful through the use of menswear, that they are able to show skin, that they are able to flex their curves.

The future of women’s fashion is the vibe that I got from this collection.

The potential from one piece to the next is ridiculous.

Everything remains interchangeable, but unique within it’s own right.

I know I’m not the only one who can’t wait to see more from new creative directors, Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow.

Signing off.

DKNY Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear

SportyChic.

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I just want a balanced mixture of sporty and chic for my entire life.

I’m falling in love with creating looks that can incorporate various avenues of fashion that totally oppose each other.

Who wears silk with Converse kicks?

Yeah, I do.

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I heard that chokers are the new thing these days.

So, I grabbed a piece of white lace and created one this morning.

I’m all for turning lingerie into street wear in any way possible.

So, this thrifted Victoria’s Secret rob turned into the perfect busty blouse for the afternoon.

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I was running a ton of errands, and jotting down ideas for my next fashion move in the city.

So, jeans were a must for the day.

I snagged some ‘Mom Jeans’ from my local thrift shop, and I’m dying for them.

They’re oversized, slightly white washed and high-waisted.

Perfect match.

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I added a metallic gold belt to add a draping affect to the blouse and the garnish the jeans.

I wanted to feel put together and effortless at the same time today.

So, I just dressed how I felt.

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Adding the Converse to the equation just took it over the edge.

I just bought these for a late birthday present to myself.

All white, cool and crisp.

Nothing more, nothing less.

Adding a sporty feel to this look was probably against all the fashion rules…

But, I swear fashion is about breaking the rules.

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Signing off until next time.

Vibrate higher.

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Robe: Victoria’s Secret
Jeans: Levi
Sneakers: Converse
Belt: Vintage

SportyChic.

Slippin’ Away.

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Creating a business out of my love for fashion has been the most challenging and rewarding task that I’ve ever been presented with.

While working on producing and styling this fashion show, I’ve realized this more than ever.

Being the point of contact for this event, I have about 20 thousand emotions that I go through daily.

I’m illuminated, depressed, frustrated and nervous.

Because I’ve never been challenged in this way before.

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As I’ve began tapping into a ton of fashion management skills, I’ve have learned to never compromise my actual vision to make others comfortable.

I’ve been diving into less of what style and fashion look like…

I have been questioning how they make me feel…

What statements I hope to make…

Venturing into the aesthetic…

The presentation.

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The reason I decided to produce a fashion exhibit or showcase was to provide a realm where Ohio artists could begin flexing their skills.

Too many times I’ve heard, “You need to be in New York or Los Angeles…”

“Cincinnati isn’t a fashion city…”

“You can’t actually believe that you’ll be a relevant stylist in Cincinnati…”

My answer is… “But, why?”

Why do we need to navigate and venture out of our growing city or state to fulfill our destinies?

Yes, I’m a die-hard New York fan- but Cincinnati raised me.

Who will stay to pave the way for the artists and creative dreamers who are interested in fashion or the arts?

So, hopefully the show will get a conversation started.

Because, there IS talent in Ohio.

We just don’t always know when and how to utilize it.

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Pulling looks for the show has also helped me to revolve my own personal style.

It’s taking on a life of itself.

Speaking of what I’m wearing…

Slips are in.

Get into it.

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A year ago, I would’ve never felt comfortable enough with myself to rock this look in public.

But, as of lately- I’ve been digging more of what I think and less of the thoughts of others.

I’m getting into this whole women’s empowerment thing.

If I want to be a sex-kitten, I CAN.

If I want to dress like a man, I CAN.

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I’ve been following trend forecasts like crazy and silk, slip dresses, and the use of nightwear as the modern day get-up is a consistent trend.

I’m definitely here for women wearing their lingerie or sleepwear outdoors…

Why?

Well, this summer is going to be a hot one.

Free flowing pants, oversized tops, short and lightweight slips will be cool and chic.

Also, it’s breaking the rules- which I love.

This 90s trend is making a comeback, but I think the fact that it has made it’s way back around is about more than just looks.

When the trend broke into the fashion industry, how did it make women feel?

Fearless, resilient, sexy, independent…

That’s what’s important.

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We get so caught up in the boxes that society puts us in…

And, so damn conservative…

Can we live? And, let go?

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I paired my slip dress with a silk overcoat and knee-high boots.

Delicate jewelry pieces are a given, with a chunky wrist.

I added an attitude mixed with Carrie Bradshaw, Naomi Campbell, and Madonna…

And, this is what I got.

Oh yeah.

If you’re screaming, #SUPPORTLOCALARTISTS, #SUPPORTOHIOFASHION, #SUPPORTOHIOARTISTS….

Then, why haven’t you gotten your ticket to NOT ANOTHER FASHION SHOW?

Go.

Slippin’ Away.

Super Street.

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Between my 9-5 and my fashion interests, time has seriously gotten away from me.

I’ve been planning so many things to create a window for more fashion projects in my life.

From planning a huge summer fashion show to opening a boutique in fall/winter- there is no time to play.

I’m enjoying it, though.

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Lately, I’ve been trying to get more detailed and intricate with my personal styling.

Since, thrifting is life and I’m not a part of the upper class, I’ve been snagging inexpensive finds.

In finding some creativity within my own wardrobe, I’ve been turning dresses into elongated tops, layering robes over bra’s and shredding my jeans.

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My look last night harped on my attention to detail.

I’ve been more urban than ever, especially with braids.

But, I’ve never felt more like myself.

I snagged some new gold rings from Clifton and this Army inspired dress from Valley Thrift.

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I layered the dress over a sheer overlay and shredded denim.

Threw on an open toe heel and stacked the accessories like crazy.

Then, came this look.

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Army Top: Valley Thrift
Sheer Overlay: F21
Denim: Levi
Heels: Charlotte Russe

Photography: Rhonda Daniels

Super Street.