"So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past." - F. Scott Fitzgerald
Location: City Hall/ Civic Center, San Francisco
Insist that a fashionista name his/ her sartorial inspiration from the Twenties, and the answer will most likely be a unanimous The Great Gatsby. My introduction to the nouveau riche happened as a result of high school reading, but in less than a year, I found myself reading Fitzgerald’s other works that included The Beautiful and Damned, and Tender Is The Night. I knew there would come a time when I pay homage to the jazz age as told by Fitzgerald via a blog blurb, but I didn’t want to do a modern, frivolous spin on The Great Gatsby alone. (I say frivolous because it is hard to illustrate Gatsby without highlighting its fragility and flaws) Sure, the iconic movie put Twenties fashion back on the map, but F. Scott Fitzgerald opened me up to a world of romance like I had never seen before, so I wanted my outfit to go beyond what meets the eye.
Being practical and realistic were two traits that did not define the love between Scott and Zelda. (Take a few minutes to read excerpts from the phenomenal letters they exchanged, here.) This blurb is an ode to their fearless, sweeps-you-off-your-feet, and conventional love story, quite contrary (read: practical) to the romance (can it even be called romance?) we see these days, if I may.
Man, those Pigalles are hard to totter around in, but the only justification I got is red. lacquered. soles. The perverse decision of wearing a body con maxi with a plunging neckline? I won’t even bother justifying that. The cinched waist and figure-hugging silhouette blatantly betray 1920s fashion. The only thing that gives a nod to a time when fashion equaled elegance is this silk clutch with its architecturally-informed lines, and a jeweled snap closure. Also, nothing says roaring Twenties like a pair of ostentatious, show-off-ey pearl-embedded Chand Balis...right?
There goes my love story with fashion from the 20(10)'s. Of course it is impractical and flawed.
Eschewing whites just this one time to show you what a fantasy summer outfit looks like
Photos: Emily Wolfe
Location: The Ferry Building, San Francisco
Romper: Forever 21 | Headpiece: Miraya | Gold Booties: BCBG Max Azria
Off-late, I've been experimenting judiciously with silhouettes, including my own versions of loosely cut "dresses" and oversized pieces. Summer, however, is a whole other ball game. I practice "buy now, wear forever" as best as possible, and this Forever 21 piece is over 2 years old now. This is a testament to the fact that a romper is a pillar of summer style year after year. While I recommend that you do something more utilitarian when you take your fun and flirty outfits out for a spin, the point behind adding this statement Prima Ballerina headpiece is to show you how to confidently punctuate any look. And you already know that bold, gold accessories have always semaphored an enlivened grace for me.
Not sure if you noticed, but I have a very poetic approach to most things that I do, be it writing, photoshoots, or even social media captions. The dreamer is so inherent, my styling and the vibe of my blog shoots reflect that. And that's when I realize that producing content for this blog is really cathartic for me. The whole process of putting together a moodboard, pulling accessories that align with the setting, sinking into the mood, and finally telling a story...it never gets mundane. I never scout locations on-the-go, instead, I treat it like I would a traditional magazine editorial. In fact, a large part of my outfit decision depends on where and what time of the day we're shooting, sunset time, weather, and how crowded or not the place will be. I think that's what constitutes being a Fashion Journalist for me - it goes beyond an #OOTD, and is a consistent effort to retain the traditional flavor of fashion. On that note, I'm sharing my final print magazine with you all here below, a culmination of 2 years of learning, struggling, failing, and I am compelled to repeat - LEARNING. My Master's journey and the timing of everything was an indicator of stars aligning in my favor, and to think that it all started with one magazine is serendipitous! What a wonderful feeling to look back upon things and feel like you were destined to make it this far. Hope these 74 pages ignite/ reignite a love for print.
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Miraya originated as a concept magazine for a Publishing class, but much of it now exists online and has been adapted for this blog. The core remains intact, and that is to explore the changing landscape of contemporary Indian fashion through the international lens, engaging readers in a creative juxtaposition between tradition and modernity. Spearheaded by Founder and Creative Director, Namrata Loka.
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