I don’t know why but I feel like this shirt I recently purchased from Zara really reminds me of Elsa Schiaparelli’s designs. Something about it just takes me back in time and I feel like she too was big on stripes and the fact that they are asymmetrical is even more synonymous with her work. Elsa was a true fashion pioneer; she created the most gorgeous (in a shocking way) designs with ground-breaking textiles and exaggerated silhouettes. Was made Elsa stand out with her works amongst her peers is that fact that she always regarded couture as art…never as a profession; so she was always free to create whatever she wanted and she never restricted herself to the rules that applied. Her influences came from the Islamic and Arabic world was apparent in her work…due to her father being a scholar and her uncle being an astronomer.
In fashion school, fashion history was my favourite class, so much so that I got a 99 final grade! My teacher always told me that I was meant to be in fashion and that I should forever fight to follow my dreams, she was a great push that I needed when I was told I was too veiled to be in the industry. I guess, although the comments made me cry, I kept going and I am still going, because even though the fashion world is shallow (ultimately), it is still accepting of things that are weird and it is a refuge for many bizarre children like me. When we spoke about Schiaparelli in history class, I was so fascinated by her story that I wanted to learn more and more. Her designs, for her time, were quite controversial as she was told (and believed it herself) that she was ugly. This is how I decided that I wanted to simply follow my guts and designs things I loved and for the collections I put out, I didn’t follow any trend but my heart and perhaps there were mixed reviews, but I wouldn’t change anything because at the end of the day, we only live once!
Back to the outfit! I can get so carried away sometimes, it’s so funny, but I feel like fashion truly is my passion (CHEESSYYY)! So this shirt inspired me today to let in inner Schiaparelli out and dress happy. Here’s how the outfit came out:
Technically speaking, this is a dress and not a shirt, but I don’t mind wearing it either way and so this time around I wore it a shirt, but I am sure that when the baby belly is gone, cinching it up with a wide belt and adding knee-high boots, this will look bomb! It’s in a size medium and currently it fits just perfect.
Wearing heels is a little challenging to be honest, but a girl’s gotta do what she’s gotta do to get her pictures done! Unfortunately I am super struggling to fit in my current shoes and I am so gutted and I hope that my shoe size doesn’t change and comes back to normal because I am not quite ready to part with my collection. The struggle is real people!!! And the cankles are even more real!!!
WHAT I WORE:
DRESS: Zara ◊ PANTS: H&M Maternity ◊ SHOES: Jessica Simpson ◊ SUNNIES: Kate Spade ◊ BAG: Vintage (unbranded) ◊ EARRINGS: Vintage ◊ NECKLACE: DCK Collection
This vintage purse belongs to my sister and I stole it because it made sense with this whole look. It’s like ugly but pretty at the same time. I feel like this is a piece you either love or hate…maybe because the shape is odd, or maybe because it’s too beaded; don’t know, but I find it adorable with this whole look.
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