‘Fashbo Interviews’ Category

Share Your Style – Sobbing on Fifth!

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Ed. note: Our site and community are definitely growing and evolving – what used to be more of a pet project 6mo ago is now turning into a full-grown business initiative, with team meetings, project trackers and performance reviews. Scary!

But we still make mistakes – and today we address a long over-due one – our friends at Sobbing on Fifth were very supportive and provided the style snippets below some time ago, but we never got to publish properly as some activities kept being postponed by the expected release of the new mobile version of the website.

I am fixing this today and hope Astor and Sutton will forgive me, while you will enjoy their fresh take on style and uber-cool looks. (more…)

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Teresa – A Beautiful Italian Law Student Using Fashion to Introduce Herself to the World.

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

1.Hi!my name is teresa i’m twenty years old ,I come from a small town in the province of Benevento and  I’m a student of law.  I like fashion so much and i think that over the study of law could become my life or at least i hope.When I was a child I watched the shop windows or the mother’sheels, hoping one day to wear them too.
I take no inspiration from the town where I live because many people think that  fashion is all that is expensive often committing big errors of style.
2.I think fashion is abstraction like philosophy is a way of thinking,a way to face life.Related to fashion is style,I think that style is a way to say who you are without words,a way to introduce yourself to the world,something that is not vulgar.
3.My style is ecletic,everyday i like to be a different woman and due to fashion I can be romantic,sexy,country always remaining the same girl.
4.The perfect dress is that besides to enhancing the body emphasizes the nature and personality of the wearer. I personally ,in this summer,i feel perfect  with high-wasted shorts,pumps,and a vintage blouse ,they make me feel right!With the perfect dress a woman could do everything possible.
5.I like the current fashion,but i love so much the vintage,vintage is style and story and fashions always return.In fact my closet is full of polka-dots,stripes etc.which always return.A bag of Chanel remain even in thirty years, a Chanel bag!
6.No, i’m a student of law for the time i cannot study fashion,but i don’t exclude in the future cooperation with world of fashion (it wuold be great! )
7.I like the fashbo i posted as “viè a pois” but isn’t liked ,what a pity ;(.But i’ll continue to post and i’d like to be the look of the week.I like the fashbos of Little cherry box especially “1950 meets 1980″ is very stylish!
8.I like so much Giorgio Armani because his shapes are clean and elegant,perfect for all ages.I also like Chanel it’s very wonderful i stay speechless in front of the creations of this fashion label.Recently I also like Jill Sander and kenzo.
9.I love buying in vintage flea markets,then i love stores like H&M or Zara or italian stores like Camomilla Milano.I steal my mother’s closet because there are very nice things,or i start to sew the things i like and i cannot have.
10.Besides being a lawyer, I’d like to be a popular personal shopper or work with a fashion label. I’d also like to launch a line of handbagsand shoes
11.The blog is born by chance, in fact, my friends encouraged me towrite one because they say I dress well. So was born thefashiondietthat is the diet of fashion. I often have very concise when I write onblogs because I like to leave space for pictures.The advice I can give is to always be yourself because, like MadameChanel said to be irreplaceable you must be different.

Our latest fashbo member profile is our first Italian member to be profiled on fashbo.  Teresa, or teresamorone on fashbo, is a law student who studies hard during the day and works on her fashion blog, the1fashiondiet , at night.  The fashbo crew is impressed with her unique sense of style and keen use of color within her looks.  Click on her profile to see the large number of looks she has posted to fashbo.  We hope she continues to share her style with fashbo for a long time to come.

 

teresamorone

teresamorone

1.Tell us about yourself.  Where are you from?  Can you draw fashion inspiration from where you live?

Hi!  My name is Teresa I am from Italy and I’m twenty years old.  I live in a small town in the province of Benevento and  I’m a student of law.  I like fashion so much and I think that over the study of  law it could someday become my life or at least I hope. When I was a child I stared into shop windows or at my mother’ s shoes, hoping one day to wear them too.
I take no inspiration from the town where I live because many people here think that  fashion has to be expensive.  This narrow point of view often limits their sense of style.

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Avni — An Up and Coming Designer with Talent to Spare

Friday, July 29th, 2011

1. Tell us about yourself. Where are you from? Can you draw fashion inspiration from
where you live?
Born and raised in India, I have harbored a strong passion for textile arts since as
long as I can remember. My mother and I used to scout out artisan fairs for hand
embroidered fabrics from little villages in Western India. We would make innovative
traditional clothing from these fabrics that created a unique wardrobe with lots of
interesting stories and details. When I moved to the United States, I had a strong feeling
of nostalgia that kept bringing me back to my passion for hand made clothes. I started
to sketch designs that would amalgamate my strong passion for traditional textile arts
and western fashion, and that was when the idea of the Avni brand was born.
2. What is fashion to you?
Fashion to me is about uniqueness and individuality. Avni is for women who appreciate
the beauty of hand made fabrics, enjoy wearing something truly one-of-a-kind, and
celebrate their own femininity.
3. How would you describe your personal style?
My individual style changes on a daily basis. Some days I tend to put on a more
classic and clean look, some days I will go for bohemian chic. It all depends on my
mood. I always like to add something unexpected to my outfit with color, draping, or
accessories. I like to have that element of surprise that really makes each outfit stand
out. And always have confidence and a smile, anything looks good with that!
4. Describe your vision of a perfect outfit ensemble.
I believe in three things as far as a perfect ensemble goes: Impact, Comfort, and
Individuality. I always think about impact as being unexpected elements such as color,
drape, fit. Comfort will bring confidence and smile. Individuality is all about making any
outfit your own. I usually accessorize well and try to bring the whole outfit together with
every detail that expresses what I am all about.
5. Name your favorite and least favorite past or present fashion trend/fad.
Favorite: Pleats and drapes. I am very fond of feminine silhouettes.
Least Favorite: Don’t think I have any least favorite trends.
6. What is your favorite fashbo you posted? Do you have a favorite fashbo that
someone else posted?
My favorite Fashbo that I’ve posted is June 14th’s “Finale Dress”. The photo was taken
at Ophelia’s Wardrobe charity fashion event in Newport, RI on June 10th. The Finale
Dress is a hand textured silk one shoulder dress with a hand embroidered silk overlay,
laced silk belt, and 6ft train. It’s dramatic and regal. You can see why it was the talk of
the event. I’m so very proud of this piece.
I really enjoy looking at everyone’s Fashbo posts. They are all so inspiring and unique. I
can’t just pick one, they’re all so great!
7. We can see from your website, AvniFashion.com, and from the fashbo’s of your work
you have posted to fashbo.com, that you are a very talented designer. What is your
process in coming up with a new design? What inspires you?
There are three things that inspire me- culture, music, and people. I am very inspired
by folk and artisan culture, including traditional garments and jewelry. I love to travel
and have enjoyed observing cultural nuances in rural India, Egypt, South Korea,
China, Japan, Turkey, to name a few. Music has always been a driving force for my
imagination and helps me formulate the look and feel of every collection. Last, but not
the least, is my inspiration from people. I like to bring out various characteristics of
women in my designs. Our Warrior Queen collection was inspired by the contrasting
aspects of a woman’s personality. The ‘sweet’ and ‘spice’, that makes each woman
unique, strong, and passionate.
8. How did you learn the trade of fashion design? Did you study it at a University? Self
taught? Family business?
My training started in my teenage years in India when I would partner with various
custom tailors to create unique pieces for myself. I think the experience of working first
hand with obscure fabrics and clothing was what really taught me a lot about design and
construction. I continued my interest in design and fabrics as a passion and in 2008 was
when the idea of Avni was born.
In order to better equip myself, I did study part time and learned construction, pattern
making, design, and textiles to get a good understanding of the technical aspects of
design. Even though I had a full time job, I used all my free time to immerse myself into
the fashion industry. I researched heavily and talked to various contacts that I had in
Boston and New York to truly understand if my concept had potential. It was October
2009 when I concluded that it was time to put both feet in the water and I took up being
an entrepreneur full time in Jan 2010.
9. You also talk about using artisan fabrics on your site. Can you tell us more about
these fabrics and why you choose to use them?
What I call artisan fabrics are essentially fabrics that have been crafted by hand.
From hand weaving on pit looms, to hand embroidery and hand dyeing, all our fabrics
embrace unique textile craftsmanship that is slowly becoming a lost art. I believe that
when you make something by hand, there is a part of you that goes in every creation
and that’s why the people who make my fabrics are very important to me. I also want
to bring some of these dying arts to the limelight and help proliferate as well as sustain
age old traditions and crafts.
10. Please tell us about your SS ’2011 and FW 2011 collections.
Our SS’11 Amorous Drapes collection is a salute to the artisan women who have been
a true inspiration. Feminine and demure, yet vivacious and strong, these characteristics
are explored in the form of drapes, structure, and attitude. These unique qualities have
been shaped into elegant silhouettes and contemporary looks that showcase all the
wonderful hand made elements and provide a connection with the artisan world.
Our FW’11 Warrior Queen collection was inspired by the contrasting aspects of a
woman’s personality. The ‘sweet’ and ‘spice’, that makes each woman unique, strong,
and passionate. Our looks draw from our image of a fierce, yet vulnerable, Warrior
Queen. The look and feel of this collection is all about bringing out these contradictions
through the juxtaposition of structured silhouettes with irregular necklines, sharp pleats
and soft drapes, and dark earth tones with warm fiery colors.

 

The world is full of established and up-and-coming designers.  In fact there are so many wonderful designers generating amazing fashion that at times it can blend together into what we like to call “fashion noise.”  Occasionally a designer comes along with a fresh unique take on fashion and fashion design. Our latest fashbo profile, Avni of Avni fashion, is of one of these fresh designers with a unique point of view.  The fashbo crew absolutely loves the fashbos she has posted and the looks she has designed and produced to date.  We very much look forward to seeing what this talented designer delivers in the future. Our money is on Avni as being one of the few designers that breaks away from the crowd and becomes a household name in fashion.

Avni

Avni

1. Tell us about yourself. Where are you from? Can you draw fashion inspiration from where you live?


Born and raised in India, I have harbored a strong passion for textile arts since as long as I can remember. My mother and I used to scout out artisan fairs for hand embroidered fabrics from little villages in Western India. We would make innovative traditional clothing from these fabrics that created a unique wardrobe with lots of interesting stories and details. When I moved to the United States, I had a strong feeling of nostalgia that kept bringing me back to my passion for hand made clothes. I started to sketch designs that would amalgamate my strong passion for traditional textile arts and western fashion, and that was when the idea of the Avni brand was born.

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UrbanButterfly – A Fabulous Makeup Artist and Fashion Blogger from the United Kingdom.

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Tell us about yourself.  Where are you from?  Can you draw fashion inspiration from where you live.
I live in Essex, in the South East of England, no Essex girl jokes, they are not normally very well received! Haha. I grew up on a non working farm and in the countryside. I refused to wear a dress up until I was about 13 years old, nowadays it’s hard to find me out of one.  I tend to draw very little inspiration from the area I live, but more from images that I see and my travels; be it from classic Hollywood to Indian weddings with their array of colour and culture.
2. What is fashion to you?
Fashion for me is a way to play around with my identity. I think that my mood  can  often be seen by the way I dress, if I’m feeling playful, I find that the style maybe a bit cheeky and tongue in cheek. The way I’m dressed often defines my approach to situations; you could say that clothes can be a mask but ultimately I use it as a way to play off  the differences in  personalities.
I feel tailoring such as shift dresses will never  go out of fashion, this is more about style than disposable, fast fashion.  I much prefer  to keep with what I know suits my shape, then play around with the accessories and items that can change the look but still keep the fundamentals the same.
3. How would you describe your personal style?
My personal style most days is quite tailored. I am only 5ft 1 and have a far  from a boyish figure, so I dress in a way that works with the curves that god gave me.  You could say that my style is ‘vintage with a twist’. I radiate towards all that is 40’s and 50’s. I love the strong feminine feel of the 40’s. It’s a era when women looked super feminine even if they were just doing the housework.
4.Describe your vision of a perfect outfit ensemble.
My perfect outfit would be a long classic Hollywood gown, that is worthy of the red carpet.
5.Name your favorite and least favorite past or present fashion trend/fad.
My fashion hero is  undoubly Dita Von Teese. She  oozes glamour and poise, not only when she is performing but thought-out her public life. Also Audrey Hepburn is a great inspiration, not only for the influence she had, that is still filtering onto our high street today, but also for her beautiful soul and compassion that she had for people.  Vintage inspired dresses are taking our British  high streets by storm at the moment, long may that live! I’m  not a great fan of Fair isle, or sports luxe, as I personally find this look to casual for me.
6.  You have a fabulous fashion blog, www.urban-butterfly.net   Tell us about your blog.  I first started my blog last year as I wanted an outlet  to write and post about makeup and fashion as my 9-5 job has no link to the makeup or fashion world in anyway.  For a number of years I have been doing  Bridal makeup  and a blog felt like a natural place to evolve my passions.
7.  Your fashbo profile tells us you are a freelancer makeup artist.  Is this your profession, or a hobby?  How long have you been doing makeup?
I am a part time makeup artist for a number of years, mainly concentrating on  Bridal and occasional. I am currently doing a course in order to work towards more editorial makeup. I do plan in the future to become freelance full time.
9.  What is your favorite fashbo you posted?  Do you have a favorite fashbo that someone else posted?
My favorite post was of my vintage dress. When I bought this it was in such a mess, there was stains on the sleeves,  it was originally longer but someone had hacked it off unevenly, some of the beading panel was loose and there was a huge stain in the under skirt, however with much love and care I mended it and had a dressmaker make the peach underskirt. This day was also a magical day as it was my friends wedding at a beautiful 16th century mansion and i was also luckily enough to do all the wedding makeup.
I love to see what LittleCherryBox is wearing, she has a great sense of style.
10. Who is your favorite designer or designers?
I love Channel and Rouland Mouret, both excel in women’s tailoring and easily celebrate the feminine figure with timeless classics.
11.  What is your favorite Online location to shop.  What is your favorite retail place to shop?
Blimey, where don’t I shop, I am such an online shopper now days.  As a vintage lover I like to visit Tara Starlet (www.tarastarlet.com) who makes a beautiful vintage inspired fashion line in London.  I also like high street stores such a Topshop which is always great if you need to grab a Saturday night outfit.  ASOS.com is also a great place to browse for both mid to high end brands. I also trawl ebay a lot for vintage bargains.
12.  What would you consider to be your dream job?
I would love to be a full time makeup artist, working on editorial shoots for magazines such as Vogue and Glamour.  I would also quite like to be an independent personal shopper, I love a challenge of putting an outfit together.  The next step for me maybe video blogging when I get some courage.

Today we are profiling a fabulous fashion blogger from the United Kingdom,

Urban Butterfly - Swing into 40's

Urban Butterfly - Swing into 40's

Maria – aka UrbanButterfly.  Maria, has posted many fashbos to the site to very positive feedback from the fashbo community.  She is a rare fashion breed as she can pull off any look from polished to edgy, from vintage to modern and anywhere in between. You can check out all of her fashbo looks by clicking on her profile, UrbanButterflyLoves_.  Maria, also has a regularly updated fashion blog detailing many of her great looks of the day, fashion finds, and reviews.  Check it out at www.urban-butterfly.net .

1. Tell us about yourself.  Where are you from?  Can you draw fashion inspiration from where you live.

I live in Essex, in the South East of England, no Essex girl jokes, they are not normally very well received!  Haha. I grew up on a non working farm and in the countryside. I refused to wear a dress  until I was about 13 years old. Nowadays it’s hard to find me out of one.  I tend to draw very little inspiration from the area I live, but more from images that I see and my travels; be it from classic Hollywood, to Indian weddings with their array of colour and culture.

2. What is fashion to you?

Fashion for me is a way to play around with my identity. I think that my mood  can  often be seen by the way I dress, if I’m feeling playful, I find that the style maybe a bit cheeky and tongue in cheek.  The way I’m dressed often defines my approach to situations; you could say that clothes can be a mask but ultimately I use it as a way to play off  the differences in  personalities.

I feel tailoring such as shift dresses will never  go out of fashion, this is more about style than disposable, fast fashion.  I much prefer  to keep with what I know suits my shape, then play around with the accessories and items that can change the look but still keep the fundamentals the same.

3. How would you describe your personal style?

My personal style most days is quite tailored. I am only 5ft 1 and have far  from a boyish figure, so I dress in a way that works with the curves that God gave me.  You could say that my style is ‘vintage with a twist’. I radiate towards all that is 40’s and 50’s. I love the strong feminine feel of the 40’s. It’s a era when women looked super feminine even if they were just doing the housework.

 

Long Classic Hollywood gown

Long Classic Hollywood gown

4.Describe your vision of a perfect outfit ensemble.

My perfect outfit would be a long classic Hollywood gown, that is worthy of the red carpet.

5.Name your favorite and least favorite past or present fashion trend/fad.

My fashion hero is  undoubtedly Dita Von Teese. She  oozes glamour and poise, not only when she is performing but through-out her public life. Also Audrey Hepburn is a great inspiration, not only for the influence she had, that is still filtering onto our high street today, but also for her beautiful soul and compassion that she had for people.  Vintage inspired dresses are taking our British high streets by storm at the moment, long may that live! I’m  not a great fan of Fair isle, or sports luxe, as I personally find this look to casual for me.

6.  You have a fabulous fashion blog, www.urban-butterfly.net Tell us about your blog.

I first started my blog last year as I wanted an outlet  to write and post about makeup and fashion as my 9-5 job has no link to the makeup or fashion world in anyway.  For a number of years I have been doing  Bridal makeup  and a blog felt like a natural place to evolve my passions.

7.  Your fashbo profile tells us you are a freelancer makeup artist.  Is this your profession, or a hobby?  How long have you been a makeup artist?

I have been a part time makeup artist for a number of years, mainly concentrating on  Bridal and occasional. I am currently doing a course in order to work towards more editorial makeup. I do plan in the future to become freelance full time.

9.  What is your favorite fashbo you posted?  Do you have a favorite fashbo that someone else posted?

Vintage Wedding

Vintage Wedding

My favorite post was of my vintage dress. When I bought this it was in such a mess, there was stains on the sleeves,  it was originally longer but someone had hacked it off unevenly, some of the beading panel was loose and there was a huge stain in the under skirt, however with much love and care I mended it and had a dressmaker make the peach underskirt. This day was also a magical day as it was my friends wedding at a beautiful 16th century mansion and I was also lucky enough to do all the wedding makeup.

I love to see what LittleCherryBox is wearing, she has a great sense of style.

10. Who is your favorite designer or designers?

I love Channel and Rouland Mouret, both excel in women’s tailoring and easily celebrate the feminine figure with timeless classics.

11.  What is your favorite Online location to shop.  What is your favorite retail place to shop?

Blimey, where don’t I shop, I am such an online shopper now days.  As a vintage lover I like to visit Tara Starlet who makes a beautiful vintage inspired fashion line in London.  I also like high street stores such Topshop which is always great if you need to grab a Saturday night outfit.  ASOS.com is also a great place to browse for both mid to high end brands. I also trawl ebay for a lot for vintage bargains.

12.  What would you consider to be your dream job?

I would love to be a full time makeup artist, working on editorial shoots for magazines such as Vogue and Glamour.  I would also quite like to be an independent personal shopper, I love a challenge of putting an outfit together.  The next step for me maybe video blogging when I get some courage.

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Andrea, A University Student with a Passion for Fashion Design

Friday, May 13th, 2011

1. Tell us about yourself.  Where are you from?  Can you draw fashion inspiration from where you live.
I’m originally from Sacramento, CA –  but currently live in Eugene, OR, because I am studying Public Relations and Business at the University of Oregon.
I definitely miss Sacramento because the fashion opportunities and inspiration were a lot more present than here in Eugene. I definitely utilize Facebook to stay in touch with my Sacramento and see what trends and style they are interested in so I can gather my own perspective of inspiration to share with the Eugene community. It’s definitely fun to see how styles evolve based on location. My friends’ locations range from Southern California to the East Coast, and I can definitely tell how their city has influenced their trends.
For me, moving to Eugene required creating an entirely new wardrobe. From wearing flip flops every day to FINALLY investing into my first pair of rainbows, throwing on V-necks to layering with Rain Gear and scarves, it was fun to see and experience another perspective of fashion that I had never experienced. I definitely believe that my change in location has influenced my style. Ultimately, I feel like my style is a more polished version of the “Laid Back Southern California” style.
When I grew up in Sacramento, I was heavily influenced by my friends shopping locations. Not necessarily inspired by trends, we shopped more by stores. For example, I would shop only from Nordstrom, Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie and Victorias Secret.
Now, since Eugene’s store selection is stuck in the 2000′s, I tend to shop online more, which definitely encourages me to check out multiple stores instead of a selective few.
I was also style guru for CollegeFashionista (www.collegefashionista.com) last summer, which basically features trends found on different college campuses. This internship required me to take a weekly photo of a fashionable student on campus and write about their outfit. (here is an example http://www.collegefashionista.com/school/view/trend_dressing_for_two_temperatures/)
Basically, the point of that story is now, although not writing for the site anymore, I still spot unique, inspirational outfits worn by students on the University of Oregon Campus and wish I could take a photo to remember! So, although our clothing store selection is insulting, I still find inspirational and individual style all around Eugene.
2. What is fashion to you?
Fashion is finding unique pieces that inspire you and flawlessly incorporating them into an everyday wardrobe that expresses personality and instills confidence. An even higher form of fashion is when a trendy item becomes a timeless piece.
3. How would you describe your personal style?
I would describe my style as urban, laid back, and simple, but every once in a while I love to splurge on something unique and crazy, to add detail to my wardrobe. LIke I said earlier, I believe my style is a more polished version of the typical “Southern California Laid Back” vibe. My go-to outfit is skinny jeans paired with a cardigan and a fun, trendy scarf. Although color is fun, I tend to stick to brown, grey, navy, black and white when shopping for pieces- Don’t worry, I’m desperately trying to steer out of this funk.
4.Describe your vision of a perfect outfit ensemble.
Just one?
Since I’m desperately waiting for Eugene’s weather to warm up (I mean, it IS May and we’re still barely breaking 60 degrees), I think my perfect outfit ensemble would be for a sunny day.
I’ve been obsessing over delicate white lace dresses/rompers lately, especially when paired with a skinny brown belt at the waste. To accessorize, I would add brown sandals, a gold headband, and simple gold jewelry. I’ve also begun a recent obsession with Tory Burch, so I would probably add a yellow Robinson Classic Mini Bag for blondes, or another turquoise messenger bag clutch for brunettes.
5.Name your favorite and least favorite past or present fashion trend/fad.
Favorite? Cross Body Bag/ Anything bohemian
Least Favorite: Menswear as Dresses. (2011 Met Gala trend) I also strongly dislike the string bow-tie trend, but that falls under menswear in general.
6. We can see from your fashbo’s you are a talented fashion designer.  Your designs have proved popular and have received high scores on fashbo.com.  What is your process in coming up with a new design?  What inspires you?
Inspiration comes very sporadically and unexpectedly for me. I definitely cannot sit myself down, browse through a magazine and create ideas. Sometimes my ideas stem from a movie, a fashion item I see but want to alter to my taste, or my mind aimlessly wandering before falling asleep. When I hear about a trend, for example nude coloring, I create a piece that I would wear that falls in that category.
7.  Your fashbo profile tells us you are a student at a University in the Northwest of the United States.  Are you studying fashion design at the University?
Sadly the University of Oregon does not offer a fashion design program. Ultimately, I hope to enter the Public Relations division in Fashion. I have been lucky to have friendships with students at Parsons and FIDM, so when I hear about projects they must complete for school, sometimes I create my own version of the project to work on. I’ve always been artistic and creative, so designing the items I upload to fashbo is more of a hobby, but who knows, maybe another venture will begin from my aspirational designs!
8.  What is your favorite fashbo you posted?  Do you have a favorite fashbo that someone else posted?
I love all my fashbos, but my favorite fashbo would have to be my Gold Metallic and Beige Lace dress only because it was my first attempt in sketching a fashion design. I was bored one night and decided to draw a dress. With the feedback the fashbo community gave as well, it encouraged me to continue designing clothes.
It’s hard to choose one favorite fashbo because there is such a wide variety on the site! I think my favorite user would be amazon, because she introduced me to the fashbo website. After seeing her fashbos, I became inspired to begin uploading my own.
9. Who is your favorite designer or designers?
I absolutely love Chanel, Alexander McQueen, Jason Wu, Free People, Burberry Prorsum, Alice + Olivia, Dior, Sam Edelmann, Michael Kors, Juicy Couture, Emilio Pucci, Paige Denim & Trinity
10.  What is your favorite Online location to shop.  What is your favorite retail place to shop?
Online: Nordstrom, Urban Outfitters, Bloomingdales, Victorias Secret, TopShop,
Store Shopping: Aritzia, Free People, Alternative Apparel, Nordstrom, Trellis, American Apparel
11.  What would you consider to be your dream job?
Working as an Associate Director of Public Relations or a Public Relations Manager for a Fashion Magazine, Design Company or Fashion Related Firm

Our latest fashbo member profile hails from the Pacific Northwest of the United States.  Andrea, annieblythe22, is a talented University student with a passion for fashion design.

Andrea wrote a fabulous profile of fashbo.com on her blog, Obsessed. Andrea is an excellent writer and if you are interested in fashion, art, writing, or design we highly recommend you check out her blog.  You can follow Andrea on twitter, @ablythe23

20's Inspired Dresses

20's Inspired Dresses

1. Tell us about yourself.  Where are you from?  Can you draw fashion inspiration from where you live.

I’m originally from Sacramento, CA –  but currently live in Eugene, OR, because I am studying Public Relations and Business at the University of Oregon.

I definitely miss Sacramento because the fashion opportunities and inspiration were a lot more present than here in Eugene. I definitely utilize Facebook to stay in touch with Sacramento and see what trends and style they are interested in so I can gather my own perspective of inspiration to share with the Eugene community. It’s definitely fun to see how styles evolve based on location. My friends’ locations range from Southern California to the East Coast, and I can definitely tell how their city has influenced their trends.

For me, moving to Eugene required creating an entirely new wardrobe. From wearing flip flops every day to FINALLY investing into my first pair of rainbows, throwing on V-necks to layering with Rain Gear and scarves, it was fun to see and experience another perspective of fashion that I had never experienced. I definitely believe that my change in location has influenced my style. Ultimately, I feel like my style is a more polished version of the “Laid Back Southern California” style.

When I grew up in Sacramento, I was heavily influenced by my friends shopping locations. Not necessarily inspired by trends, we shopped more by stores. For example, I would shop only from Nordstrom, Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie and Victorias Secret.

Now, since Eugene’s store selection is stuck in the 2000′s, I tend to shop online more, which definitely encourages me to check out multiple stores instead of a selective few.

I was also style guru for CollegeFashionista (www.collegefashionista.com) last summer, which basically features trends found on different college campuses. This internship required me to take a weekly photo of a fashionable student on campus and write about their outfit. (here is an example http://www.collegefashionista.com/school/view/trend_dressing_for_two_temperatures/)

Basically, the point of that story is now, although not writing for the site anymore, I still spot unique, inspirational outfits worn by students on the University of Oregon Campus and wish I could take a photo to remember! So, although our clothing store selection is insulting, I still find inspirational and individual style all around Eugene.

2. What is fashion to you?

Fashion is finding unique pieces that inspire you and flawlessly incorporating them into an everyday wardrobe that expresses personality and instills confidence. An even higher form of fashion is when a trendy item becomes a timeless piece.

3.  How would you describe your personal style?

I would describe my style as urban, laid back, and simple, but every once in a while I love to splurge on something unique and crazy, to add detail to my wardrobe. LIke I said earlier, I believe my style is a more polished version of the typical “Southern California Laid Back” vibe. My go-to outfit is skinny jeans paired with a cardigan and a fun, trendy scarf. Although color is fun, I tend to stick to brown, grey, navy, black and white when shopping for pieces- Don’t worry, I’m desperately trying to steer out of this funk.

4. Describe your vision of a perfect outfit ensemble.

Just one?

Since I’m desperately waiting for Eugene’s weather to warm up (I mean, it IS May when writing this and we’re still barely breaking 60 degrees), I think my perfect outfit ensemble would be for a sunny day.

I’ve been obsessing over delicate white lace dresses/rompers lately, especially when paired with a skinny brown belt at the waste. To accessorize, I would add brown sandals, a gold headband, and simple gold jewelry. I’ve also begun a recent obsession with Tory Burch, so I would probably add a yellow Robinson Classic Mini Bag for blondes, or another turquoise messenger bag clutch for brunettes.

5. Name your favorite and least favorite past or present fashion trend/fad.

Favorite? Cross Body Bag/ Anything bohemian

Least Favorite: Menswear as Dresses. (2011 Met Gala trend) I also strongly dislike the string bow-tie trend, but that falls under menswear in general.

6. We can see from your fashbo’s you are a talented fashion designer.  Your designs have proved popular and have received high scores on fashbo.com.  What is your process in coming up with a new design?  What inspires you?

Inspiration comes very sporadically and unexpectedly for me. I definitely cannot sit myself down, browse through a magazine and create ideas. Sometimes my ideas stem from a movie, a fashion item I see but want to alter to my taste, or my mind aimlessly wandering before falling asleep. When I hear about a trend, for example nude coloring, I create a piece that I would wear that falls in that category.

7.  Your fashbo profile tells us you are a student at a University in the Northwest of the United States.  Are you studying fashion design at the University?

Sadly the University of Oregon does not offer a fashion design program. Ultimately, I hope to enter the Public Relations division in Fashion. I have been lucky to have friendships with students at Parsons and FIDM, so when I hear about projects they must complete for school, sometimes I create my own version of the project to work on. I’ve always been artistic and creative, so designing the items I upload to fashbo is more of a hobby, but who knows, maybe another venture will begin from my aspirational designs!

8.  What is your favorite fashbo you posted?  Do you have a favorite fashbo

Gold Metallic and Beige Lace

Gold Metallic and Beige Lace

that someone else posted?

I love all my fashbos, but my favorite fashbo would have to be my Gold Metallic and Beige Lace dress only because it was my first attempt in sketching a fashion design. I was bored one night and decided to draw a dress. With the feedback the fashbo community gave as well, it encouraged me to continue designing clothes.

It’s hard to choose one favorite fashbo because there is such a wide variety on the site! I think my favorite user would be amakin, because she introduced me to the fashbo

Amakin's fashbo - Draping Design

Amakin's fashbo - Draping Design

website. After seeing her fashbos, I became inspired to begin uploading my own.

9. Who is your favorite designer or designers?

I absolutely love Chanel, Alexander McQueen, Jason Wu, Free People, Burberry Prorsum, Alice + Olivia, Dior, Sam Edelmann, Michael Kors, Juicy Couture, Emilio Pucci, Paige Denim & Trinity

10.  What is your favorite Online location to shop.  What is your favorite retail place to shop?

Online: Nordstrom, Urban Outfitters, Bloomingdales, Victorias Secret, TopShop,

Store Shopping: Aritzia, Free People, Alternative Apparel, Nordstrom, Trellis, American Apparel

11.  What would you consider to be your dream job?

Working as an Associate Director of Public Relations or a Public Relations Manager for a Fashion Magazine, Design Company or Fashion Related Firm

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Littlecherrybox – A University Student Finding Style Inspiration Everywhere.

Friday, February 4th, 2011

After a 6 month hiatus our fashbo member profile is back!  We have picked an amazing U.K. member to kick off 2011.  Littlecherrybox - Sarah, has a sense of style all her own. Sarah is one of our favorites as she is willing to take risks, trying on a variety of different looks/styles as she works to define her unique style.  We hope she continues to upload fashbo’s to the site as her style point of view evolves.


1. Tell us about yourself.  Where are you from?  Can you draw fashion inspiration from where you live.

Sarah

Sarah

I’m from Warrington, UK, and I’m the youngest of eight. Yup. Big family! I am currently studying English at University and I try to find inspiration from anywhere I go, nature is a great source I find. From the trees to buildings/structures – you can get inspiration. Where I live, people don’t really appreciate fashion, they tend to only care about the label – which is not what it should be about! I like to view clothes as a piece of art, and our bodies as the canvas.

2. What is fashion to you?
Fashion is a sense of identity. For me, fashion is about having fun. I’m more passionate about style rather than fashion as I view fashion as trends that come and go, it’s style that matters and lasts. I do believe you can tell a lot by what a person wears, but I don’t judge people by what they wear. I much prefer styling others rather than myself and you will see quite a few pictures of my sister on my fashbo profile, where she has allowed me to style her.

3. How would you describe your personal style?
I’d say my style is mix-matched. I haven’t got a definite style yet – but I’m only young so I have plenty of time to do that! At the moment, I’m just looking for clothes that look good on me, whatever style it is. I’m a fan of all and I like to mix styles. Why just stick to one?

 

Nautical Theme

Nautical Theme

4.Describe your vision of a perfect outfit ensemble.
I’m a huuuuuuuuuuge fan of nautical trends so it would have to be something to do with that. For casual, I’d say a white and navy striped tee tucked into denim high-waisted shorts with a thin, brown belt and a pair of flat shoes. I’m fond of simple, classic pieces. For a party, I’d go for a thigh-length navy, print dress with a long-strapped small bag with maybe yellow/blue/black heels. For formal, I’d have to go for the classic black dress, mid-backless and cut above the cleavage area, with retro-red lippy and hair up in a bun with a side-plait. And of course, a pair of stunning stilettos.

5. Name your favorite and least favorite past or present fashion trend/fad.
My favourite trend would be ‘inner-wear as outer-wear’, not sure why but I just got hooked on it. Worn right it looks stunning. My least favourite would be velvet. Some dresses look okay, but overall I’m not keen on it.

6.  In your profile you mentioned the following icons: Gabrielle Chanel. Giorgio Armani. Christian Dior. Betty Boop. Dusty Springfield. Johnny Depp,  Did you list these as fashion inspirations, are you a fan, both?
Well, I guess they are both really because Chanel, Armani, Dior produce(d) exquisite clothes. Johnny Depp is a little crush of mine, but I do think he is a fantastic actor! And I do love his style. Betty Boop and Dusty Springfield, I am mainly fans of, but I like their style.

7.  What is your favorite fashbo you posted?  Do you have a favorite fashbo that someone else posted?

Night on the town!

Night on the town!

My favourite of mine would be “Night on the Town!” because it’s classic and I could still wear it in a few years time. I felt sexy and beautiful in that outfit and it really boosted my confidence. A favourite from somebody else would be “The Mad Individualist” by

The Mad Individualist

The Mad Individualist

graceyyy because it’s cute and quirky.

8. Who is your favorite designer or designers?
Chanel has got to be up there, simply for breaking boundries well before her time. I like Vivienne Westwood, Dior, Armani, D&G, Karl Lagerfield amongst others. I don’t really have a favourite as such, because they all make their contribution.

9.  What is your favorite Online location to shop.  What is your favorite retail place to shop?
Online, would be Asos.com as it sells some good stuff! I like Miss Selfridge, that’s always been a favourite of mine. I do like Topshop, but I feel like it’s not as good as it was or could be. I like little vintage and one off shops.

10.  What would you consider to be your dream job?

littlecherrybox - vintage

littlecherrybox - vintage

I would really like to be a fashion journalist because I enjoy writing about

and commenting on fashion. If not, I would like to be a buyer for a retail store or a stylist. really any professional working with clothes would do for me! I also have a silly dream about being a waitress in a small Italian cafe. I don’t know why!

— The fashbo crew thinks Sarah should start writing a fashion/style blog of her own!  ;)

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Annelie Popovic, aka ANNELIEPOP, a Fab Fashion Blogger from London via Sweden.

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

1. Tell us about yourself.  Where are you from?  Can you draw fashion inspiration from where you live.
I live in London but I am originally from Stockholm, Sweden. Have been here in London for 10 years in September this year. I moved here to be with my then boyfriend now husband, who I met on the internet 10 years ago, before all the dating sites and on-line dating services existed. We chatted for little over a month before I came over to London for 24 hours on a date to se if I liked him and then 2 months later I moved to London and into his flat!  London is the fashion capitol of the fashion world in my opinion. you can look as crazy as you want and no-one has a problem with it.
2. What is fashion to you?
Fashion is a way to express yourself without words. You can tell alot about a person from the way they dress. I believe you should dress for your body and size and not be slave to the trends that come and go every season. And lots of shoes!!! Shoes can make or break any outfit and together with a expensive handbag you can look like a million pounds!
3. How would you describe your personal style?
I’d like to think I dress classically but with a modern twist. I like to feel sexy but having to show too much skin as it makes me feel uncomfortable. I try to wear heels every day and my motto used to be: beauty before comfort, and it still is but I’m not a slave to it any more ;-)
4.Describe your vision of a perfect outfit ensemble.
it is a dress that hides the bad bits and enhances the good bits :-) I have a few of those and I always feel like a supermodel in them when I wear them, like I can do anything!!! With some amazing heels that makes you walk tall and gives you the posture you know is hiding in there some where
5.Name your favorite and least favorite past or present fashion trend/fad.
Favourite most fun current trend has to be the clog!! Especially the way Karl Lagerfelt has done it at Chanel and I’m also a fan of Louis Vuitton’s homage to the 1950 and 1960′s cinched in waist as that suits everyone. Least favourite is the grunge style of the 1990′s it was so depressing and boring!! please let it never come back properly again!!
6.  You have a blog @ http://anneliepop.blogg.se/ What topics do you like to cover in your blog?
I like to keep it light and fun so no politics and current news, just fashion, make up, shoes, shoes, shoes, my life, travels I’ve done and place I’ve been, today’s look and what I think is hot right now in the fashion world.
7.  What is your favorite fashbo you posted?  Do you have a favorite fashbo that someone else posted?
my favourite is the Chanel picture from Paris and when my husband bought me my Chanel bag in London
8. Who is your favorite designer or designers?
I wish I could buy almost everything from Chanel, Dior and Louis Vuitton. I do the best I can with the funds I have (or what my husband gives me) and I try to always look the best I possibly can.
9.  What is your favorite Online location to shop.  What is your favorite retail place to shop?
My go-to place is www.asos.com for everything when I can’t be bothered to step outside and my favourite retail store is the cheapest store in England called Primark, cos they have everything I need and want and it is ridiculously cheap. For shoes I always go to New Look and for make up and skin care it is Selfridge’s department store or Boots the chemist.
10.  What would you consider to be your dream job?
I believe I have my dream job, which is to be a modern day house wife. I have no children and all the freedom in the world, what can be better than that? If I could start again with a career I’d like to be a journalist, working for a fashion magazine like Vogue, Harpers Bazaar or Elle.

This week fashbo is profiling, Annelie Popovic, a prolific blogger and fashbo poster from the United Kingdom.  Much like our other U.K. fashbo members we have profiled, Kitty and LadyM, Annelie has provided us with a large number of fashbo photos and postings on her blog to give us a clear sense of her fab fashion point of view.

1. Tell us about yourself.  Where are you from?  Can you draw

Annelie

Annelie

fashion inspiration from where you live.

I live in London but I am originally from Stockholm, Sweden. Have been here in London for 10 years in September this year. I moved here to be with my then boyfriend now husband, who I met on the internet 10 years ago, before all the dating sites and on-line dating services existed. We chatted for little over a month before I came over to London for 24 hours on a date to see if I liked him and then 2 months later I moved to London and into his flat!  London is the fashion capitol of the fashion world in my opinion. you can look as crazy as you want and no-one has a problem with it.

2. What is fashion to you?

Fashion is a way to express yourself without words. You can tell a lot about a person from the way they dress. I believe you should dress for your body and size and not be slave to the trends that come and go every season. And lots of shoes!!! Shoes can make or break any outfit and together with a expensive handbag you can look like a million pounds!

3. How would you describe your personal style?

I’d like to think I dress classically but with a modern twist. I like to feel sexy but having to show too much skin as it makes me feel uncomfortable. I try to wear heels every day and my motto used to be: beauty before comfort, and it still is but I’m not a slave to it any more ;-)

4. Describe your vision of a perfect outfit ensemble.

it is a dress that hides the bad bits and enhances the good bits :-) I have a few of those and I always feel like a supermodel in them when I wear them, like I can do anything!!! With some amazing heels that makes you walk tall and gives you the posture you know is hiding in there some where (more…)

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Berty Morales – Fashion with Passion on a Budget!

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

This week we are profiling, Berty Morales, aka DRMAMIDALLAS78 on fashbo, who has a magical ability to throw together stylish outfits for very few dollars.

Berty

Berty

1. Tell us about yourself.  Where are you from?
I am 31 years old living in Dallas, TX but originally from the Dominican Republic.  My mother moved to Puerto Rico when I was 2 years old.  I was raised on that beautiful Island but still was able to get back and enjoy my country during the summer and winter time. I love everything about fashion! I may not work in the fashion industry and do not have a fashion background but I learned how to respect and love fashion at a very young age thanks to my beloved Grandmother.  Her sense of style and fashion knowledge was amazing and the way she put her outfits together was fabulous.  She always looked sharp with Maxi dresses, shorts, Palazzo pants (those were her favorites), high heels, red lipstick, hair up and of course rocking her Dior and Gucci bags, (her favorites designers at the time).  Another thing I remember about her was her jewelry which was always bold and thick.  My Grandmother was a true inspiration as she was  always making her own statement through fashion.  I sure miss her and will continue her “fashion legacy” as long as I can.  Grandma “abuelita” thank you; with out you I don’t think I would have been this fabulous.

2.  Can you draw fashion inspiration from where you live.

Of course I can, fashion is every where, not only in fashion magazines it can be right next to you just by looking at a piece of paper or a building – just let your imagination run wild and everything will come to place. Sometimes I can be sitting at my desk and take a look at sample I might be working on and the first thing that will come to my mind is “how can I turn this piece of fabric in to a fabulous shirt”! (more…)

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Lady M – Importing Fruit by Day, Exporting Fashion Information and Advice by Night

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

This week we are drawing from the fashion talent pool in the UK yet again as we profile Rachel M Ebbs who’s prolific fashbo’s have livened up the pages of fashbo.com for many months now.  Rachel has a fashion website, www.ladympresents.co.uk, and she has just completed a relaunch of her site with fabulous results.  The site is very clean and polished with a great deal of in depth information coupled with some amazing photography, check it out.

Lady M

Lady M - Rachel Ebbs

1. Tell us about yourself.  Where are you from in the U.K.?  Can you draw fashion inspiration from where you live.
I’m 27 and from Hampshire originally but I’ve been living in Royal Tunbridge Wells, UK for the last 5 years.  I love fashion, fitness and travelling. I’m a fruit importer by day and write about fashion by night.  I travel a lot for work which is great to see different cultures and global fashion.  Tunbridge Wells has an eclectic style mix.  With some fabulous boutiques, channelling trends from London but with some great accessories and key pieces to tailor to your own style.

2.  What is fashion to you?
I prefer to think about style rather than fashion.  Style to me is the outward expression of self-absorbed elements of fashion, combined with personalisation and a release of the inner spirit.  One person’s style is another’s fashion nightmare.  For me style should remain classic but be adaptable and playful.  Fashion changes with the seasons and with the latest celebrities du jour, but style comes from each person within.  It is developed over the years as a reflection of character and everyone has a style; they just might not be aware of it or feel comfortable enough in their own skin to display it successfully
Fashion is discovery, everyone sees things differently.  I love walking through my favourite part of London – The South Bank and seeing everyones personal interpretation of the latest fashion.  We all take what is available to us and present it in our own unique, special way. (more…)

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Kitty Gallannaugh a Photographer with Raw Talent to Spare!

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Our latest fashbo member profile is Kitty Gallannaugh, a talented photographer from the United Kingdom.

Kitty Gallannaugh

Kitty Gallannaugh

The crew has fallen in love with her fun and youthful photographs.  Her use of light is amazing, bringing a sense of playfulness.  At 19, her photographs represent talent beyond her years and there is no doubt in the crews’ minds that we will see her photographs in many a fashion magazine in the years to come.

1.  Tell us about yourself.  Where are you from in the U.K.?  Can you draw fashion inspiration from where you live.

I’m a nineteen year young aspiring fashion photographer with a head full of dreams and a heart full of love. I come from a little town nestled inside London which is lovely and quiet. We have flower baskets on our lamp posts and heaps of beautiful lakes. It’s quite a young town so just walking down the street will inspire me by looking at all the young girls and seeing what they put together. We have some amazing shops including Diane Von Furstenberg which I always find hard not to go into unless I want to come out with an empty purse! All in all it has it’s quirks and is extremely easy to draw fashion inspiration from, it’s the juice to my thirsty mind!

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