For someone who loves fashion as much as me, you’d think the idea of jetting off to another country with the promises of cold weather and lots of layering would excite me, but in reality, not showing skin has never been one of my strong suits.
Skinny jeans and sunburns, fish and chocolate ice cream, and your crush’s DMs and liquid courage– there are just some things in life that don’t go well together, and being cheap and obsessing over skincare is yet another one of them.
A pretty controversial title for me, I know, but let me explain.
I’m not here to look perfect.
Honestly, I’m really not.
There’s no two ways about it– I love fashion shows. If I could attend fashion shows everyday for the rest of my life, believe me I would. But since the world is not an ideal place, and I can’t spend my every waking moment gawking at gorgeous runway designs, I’ll just have to make the most out of every chance I get to do just that.
This season, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend Bench Fashion Week Holiday 2019. Eclectic, diverse, and original– the 3-day event was every style enthusiast’s dream come true with no two collections exhibiting the same kind of narrative. Every designer brought in their own stories to tell, and whether it was the anecdotes about your everyday Parisian woman (as seen in Lucy Torres Gomez x Kashieka) or a statement on the paradox of gendered-genderless clothing (as seen in Bench Design Award winner Han Sen Studios’ PAGKAHARI), there was always a conversation waiting to be shared after every segment.
In the world of fashion, a designer’s ability to shock their audience to the point of guilty interest turned widespread bandwagon is a mark of just how far you can push the envelope before people eventually claim the mail and celebrate all its contents.
It goes without saying that for an avid fashion enthusiast like myself, the best part about traveling is definitely the shopping. The way I see it, shopping in itself is a whole other cultural experience. A brand’s collections and styles vary per country in order to cater to the interests of the locals, so it’s always amazing getting to see what each area offers.
Anyone who’s ever had trouble with their Instagram account has undoubtedly attempted to get in touch with their customer support team and, much to their dismay, discovered that for an app that values interpersonal relationships, there is ironically no human-to-human customer service line.
You know that saying “you never realize what you have until its gone”? That’s been the tagline of my week so far.
Spending a day in the beautiful French Quarters of New Orleans called for an equally exciting outfit. Among the many I had planned for my month-long stay here in America, I decided to go for a monochromatic stitch and stripes combination that I felt would perfectly stand out among the gorgeous colored walls of NOLA.