All posts tagged: Fashion

How Fashion Erased the Politics of Streetwear

In an industry with a majority of white voices, a trend is just white acceptance, and luxury streetwear is no exception.

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Coming Out Of the Fashion Closet

The approach I’ve taken to fashion has never come from the perspective of just putting outfits together. As a child, I had the opportunity to observe two women— my mother and grandmother— get lost in sewing books, patterns, magazines and textile shops to create the perfect garment. Most often than not, those dresses ended up in photography albums that narrate the trajectory of our family’s history. So, whenever I sat next to them, admiring the hard work they put behind every stitch, it became clear that fashion was not materialistic, but rather cultural, emotional and artistic. I’m tired of being reduced by my love of fashion just because it’s not recognized as an art or important enough to attract someone’s interest as a scholarly discipline. Since the minute I started vocalizing my interest in working inside the industry the comments have been far from positive. I have found that, as a journalism student, I’m referred to as an entertainment journalist, and therefore, cooped up inside a box with the Giuliana Rancic wannabes of the world. …

File No. 11: Desirée Velázquez, fashion designer

Pop culture would have us believe that being a fashion designer is one of the most glamorous jobs available. Thanks to Project Runway we know it’s not true. The aspiring designers experience nervous breakdowns at Parsons The New School for Design making every moment count because, as Heidi Klum has taught us for some time, in fashion one day you are in and the next day you are out. This was the case of Desirée Velázquez, who did it all off-camera and with no pay. “I moved to New York with $1,000 and a credit card. That was it”, recalls the 28-year-old freelance fashion designer, while sitting at Astoria Coffee, wearing her signature cat-eye and red lipstick. Desirée is a CAD designer for Carolina Herrera and was part of the launch of Katy Perry’s shoe collection with Global Brands Group last year. The break came after she experienced her first layoff at Ohne Titel, a small fashion company founded by Parsons alumni Alexa Adams and Flora Gill that closed last spring. She took the opportunity …

Wearing Black Makes Me Happy

We all do something to feel powerful. I dress in black. It’s one of the most distinctive characteristics of my personal style, aside from wearing a leather jacket (black, of course) and red lipstick. Although it wasn’t always the case, my mornings have become prettier, easier and more inspiring since I started wearing black as armor. This phenomenon started in January 2015 when I moved to Madrid, Spain to study at the Complutense University. Because of the low temperatures, no one cared about trends and it no longer mattered if my coat and boots didn’t go together. So, during my first month in Madrid, I substituted my red trench coat for a navy and black one I got at the Zara sale in hopes to simplify my mornings. The constant travel also contributed to this change. You can enjoy the not-so-routinely routine of planes, buses and trains crossing all over Europe way better when you don’t think about what you are wearing. But, my mother taught me to never let style go, so I instilled …

File No. 3: Flannery Wilson, Blogger, Flancake.co

Image via Flancake.co It dates back to 2011. I was participating in the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Pre-college Program. She was there, too. And though, we didn’t mingle as much during the four-day course, years later we are still friends. Flannery and I have shared important moments in our careers, even though we see each other once every year. We first went together to Teen Vogue’s Fashion University in 2011 and then to its 2012 edition. In 2014, we shared a room at The New School’s 14th street dorms for an entire summer, in which we both interned at fashion companies. She was a design intern at Lulu Frost and I was a PR intern at Eddie Borgo. What blossomed from the 12th floor at The New School dorms was an awesome friendship, in which Flannery was the risk-taker (aka. doing her own piercings) and I was the concerned mom. Since then, Flannery has created her blog Flancake and worked for Seventeen Magazine in their Sales & Marketing Department. Currently, she is an Apparel Merchandising …