My name is Manuela Almeida and I study journalism at PUC-Rio. My career path is fashion journalism and I’m currently working for Joyce Pascowitch, owner of magazines and a website that holds great fashion content. I’m more than happy to say that it’s my third time writing for CollegeFashionista. I will continue working on the ACCESSORIES REPORT column, every Friday, with the intention of keeping you updated in which accessories — shoes, jewelry, purses, sunglasses, etc. — are currently a trend. I’ll let you know which designers are investing in the piece and how you can snatch a budget friendly version (not to mention a few quirks and the product’s history if it’s called for).
My campus is very versatile in terms of fashion. Yes, we have a laid-back/Havaianas sense of style, but that’s not really how everyone dresses. Rio de Janeiro is so globalized that our looks are very similar to American campuses like NYU or UCLA. So many people travel abroad, more to the U.S. than to Europe, although that seems to be changing, that our sense of “cultural style” isn’t really clear anymore.
As for my personal taste, I’ve come to realize that I’m very traditional. I like pieces that don’t have an expiration date, and surprisingly, there are many trends that fall into this category: animal print, think Roberto Cavalli; western style, let Ralph Lauren serve as inspiration; leather and studded pieces, yes, Balmain; brocade, but only in the hands of top designers such as Lanvin or Dolce&Gabbana (there is a fine line between costume and couture and these people know it); colors that are traditional: navy, gold, white, black and silver; and couture pieces from Chanel, Saint Laurent Paris, Dior and so many other maisons.
For this spring, I will be on the look out for interesting and trendy products, which means my aesthetic won’t necessarily be of influence. I hope you enjoy!