As I wander the streets of Columbia in search of fashion forward students, I often find myself subconsciously searching for specific trends I have been obsessing over. Lately that stand out obsession has been printed denim—a trend that began with florals this spring and is making a seamless transition into fall. After weeks on campus without spotting any printed denim, I found myself pleading “prints, please!” Enter this weeks Fashionista—Remmi Ott—and boy did she deliver on this rainy school day.
October has arrived and yes, it is probably time to say goodbye to your short shorts, white denim, and sun kissed skin. But that does not mean that the leg party must end! Denim is taking on a new life this fall—hello prints, patterns and color!
Remmi is wearing floral print skinnies (7 For All Mankind) reminiscent of fall foliage. The muted colors embody the fall color pallet. While my focus is primarily on her choice of denim, how can I not mention the bedazzled, army inspired jacket? The splash of femininity (from the rhinestones) on this otherwise masculine jacket left me stunned. From her oversized Chanel glasses, to her Louis Vuttion speedy, this Fashionista knows how to merchandise an outfit up.
Name: Remmi Ott
Major: Retail/Fashion Merchandising
CollegeFashionista: How would you describe your personal style?
Remmi Ott: I would say my style is feminine chic: I love to look put-together! I enjoy being “girly,” but I am not afraid to dive into edgy trends like leather or spiked jewels. One of my favorite things about my personal style is my ability to mix high and low priced items together!
CF: What fall trends are you looking forward to embracing?
RO: I am really looking forward to colored and printed denim, leather, sparkles, smoking slippers, peplum and fur!
CF: If you could buy any fashion piece today what would it be?
RO: I’d buy two things: Chanel classic flap bag and an Hermes Crocodile Birkin. Both black!
CF: Where do you get your fashion inspiration?
RO: My style icon is Olivia Palermo: I feel like her personal style closely resembles my own…she can do no wrong in my opinion. But aside from an individual icon, I look for inspiration from fashion blogs like ManRepeller and Atlantic-Pacific, and I “people-watch.”
CF: How was your style affected by your travel outside of the country?
RO: This summer I studied abroad in London and Paris. I have always been infatuated with “European Style,” but I have learned that is an extremely broad statement because the styles are so different in each country. I was obviously inspired by the styles I saw in Paris. I feel like Parisian style speaks for itself, but I learned that fashion is not only about being on trend, but also being comfortable in what you’re wearing.
How To: To master Remmi’s look, you must have printed denim. Whether a floral pattern, muted snakeskin print or other graphic design, simply pick your favorite. The key is while the pattern may be loud, stick to muted colors so that the look can be versatile. That way you will be able to get more use out of your denim. Once you have the printed denim, you're already half way there. Throw on a simple shirt, your favorite flats and a military inspired jacket with a feminine flare. Stick with neutrals to allow your denim to make the statement. As always, arm candy is a must so pile on classic Yurman cable cuffs and playful wrap bracelets with an oversized watch. Layer thin and delicate necklaces and throw on playful frames for a chic school look.