Precisely how does one cultivate and create an idiosyncratic sense of style? Inevitably, an endless amount of different aspects factor into the equation of personal style. For me, my way of dressing is always evolving, but the constants in my wardrobe have always been my love for aesthetically pleasing and classic pieces that are also comfortable and convenient. More recently nurtured affinities for architectural constructions and contrasting loose fits have also been interwoven into my wardrobe and style of today. With a nod to the intriguing complexity of personal style, I snapped this well-dressed Fashionisto whose ensemble embodies both the intentions of his design aesthetic and his ever-changing style.
Name: Blake Felty
Major: Accessories Design
CollegeFashionista: What’re you wearing?
Blake Felty: I’m wearing a Marc by Marc Jacobs neoprene hoodie, a sweatshirt from Walmart I cropped myself, a Hugo Boss button-up, Club Monaco pants and Nike sneakers.
CF: How would you describe your personal sense of style?
BF: Describing my personal style is like trying to understand the movie Donnie Darko; one minute you get it, the next you don’t. But presently I wear a lot of black and a lot of Canadian tuxedoes. I’m also currently super into cropped tops, it’s ironic, what can I say? Ironic style is something I could immerse myself in completely; I’m working on becoming the epitome of irony. To me when you mix different styles together, like a collared button-up with a fleece crop top, it becomes rather ironic. They aren’t pieces that people typically put together and I like that. I guess you could call it juxtapositional fashion. Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy is the master, men in skirts, what? It’s great.
CF: Why do styles like denim on denim or head-to-toe black appeal to you?
BF: To be honest, when you’re in a class where you’re sitting at a sewing machine all day or making patterns, you want to be comfortable. There are also long nights and early mornings, so by wearing all black or a lot of denim you look put-together with minimal effort. I also just have an insatiable love for all things black and denim. If I could have a closet full of black, denim and Aloha florals, my life would be complete.
CF: Does your personal style influence your design aesthetic when it comes to making accessories?
BF: Yes and no; I tend to experiment more with my shoes and bags than with my way of dress. It sounds so cliché, but I want to reinvent the idea of classic. I want to create things people will want to wear, though they go against some of the typical means of classicism.
CF: What are some of your most recent creations?
BF: Recently I made a clutch made from vinyl, athletic mesh and a zipper; it was very spur of the moment. Some of my favorite things I make are very impromptu, it just seems very organic when the design comes to you and you instantly create it. For example, I decided to make an envelope clutch, and when I was cutting the leather out the flap had this great swooping curve to it that I loved. It was all an accident, but I really felt it, it was very natural. In terms of material, I’ve been really inspired by athletic wear lately and can’t get enough perforated leather, mesh, vinyl and neoprene. I just wish I had endless supplies of material; I would create all day.
CF: If you had unlimited funds to purchase a single accessory, what would you buy?
BF: This is like choosing a favorite child, not fair! I’m really Jonesing for a nice pair of sandals even though all my friends completely disagree, but I think they are really cool and very ’90s. There are a pair of Kenzo sandals from Opening Ceremony that are chunky and cool, but they don’t have my size, I just checked.