Fashion is a lifestyle and deeply connected to every one of us whether we know it or not. It is an example of how we express through different phases of our lives. Throughout my life, I can recall these phases, different times of inspiration or experiences that were thought-provoking and expressed through the way I dressed.
I’d like to share my top favorite things about fashion starting with a famous quote by Gianni Versace that states:
"Don't be into trends. Don't make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way to live."
The feeling we get from clothing I think is something we can all relate to! We all love that feeling of putting on a new fresh outfit, dressing up for an event or night out on the town, or shopping for a new wardrobe are some things we all enjoy at times in our lives. Styling a nice outfit or designing a new capsule of clothing always gives me a great feeling. Whether it’s streetwear clothing, hoodies, and sweatpants, or the craziness piece you’ll see at a Spring-Summer fashion show, I love it all!
For as long as I can remember I’ve loved creating things. My mom has always told me at the age of 2 I would sit on the kitchen floor, open the cabinets, and stack canned food on top of each other to build structures with them. I also loved puzzles as a child. The innovative side of fashion is something I love deeply, to take an experience and translating it into a physical object or product will forever drive me as an individual. To sit back and think about how many designers within history that has advanced the way we feel and live life through the way we dress is crazy to think about! It all started with an idea.
Life is a climb and it’s important to understand at times it’s not about how fast we can make that climb and how sexy we make it look. To be honest the climb in life is not sexy at all. There are moments where we aren’t living our best life and we’re aware that there’s room for improvement somewhere. During all of these moments, clothing has always played an important role in my life. Some of these expressions might be the title to a new chapter or even shift my mentality into a better way of thinking. I approach fashion as utility, not just in a way of having fabrics to clothe myself with, but a way for me to combat the realities of the world we live in and become a better me. Fashion is deeply important to us all in some way and my hope is that through wäke we can continue to drive the way people feel about themselves in a great direction. “KNOW THEYSELF. LOVE THEYSELF.”