Edmonton. Known as being a festival city or the city of champions, the one thing it isn't famous for is being a fashion icon. However this city – sweltering in the summer and bone chilling in the winter – is where I am from, and is where the University of Alberta is situated.
The U of A sits picturesque overlooking the river and skyline, and is one of the places where style is very much apparent. With the mixture of students and faculty members from different cultures and countries, there's no better place to find a mecca of style. Even the buildings have impeccable style and design. This university is where my College Fashionista internship starts.
But enough of the campus and the city. My name is Nicole. I'm entering into my second year of – wait for it – Human Ecology majoring in Clothing, Textiles, and Material Culture with a minor in Material Culture and Design studies. Adding in the faculty Agriculture, Life, and Environmental Sciences to that and that is usually how I introduce myself. It definitely is a mouthful, but then again, it's not that surprising seeing as fashion is more than just one simple word.
When I was in grade 10, I had a fashion epiphany. I realized then that the only thing that would make me happy was if I somehow entered the world of fashion, be it through fashion design, journalism, etc. That's where my adventure starts. I enrolled into the sewing courses at my high school and realized that wasn't enough. Following my dream and forgoing the typical path of a first year university student, I registered into the Human Ecology program with the hopes of learning even more. So far, I haven't been disappointed.
Fast forward to the present and you'll find me dreaming of day where I'll lay my hands on the perfect Hermès Birkin bag, hopelessly devoted to finding the perfect deal at a vintage, thrift, or department store, and DIYing garments to fit my personal style.
I'd like to describe my style as eclectic. I'd rather have statement pieces than the basics, and I'm more than willing to look completely out of the box in the name of fashion. My favourite style period would be between the 1880's and the 1960's. It's a vast era, but I love every little bit of it from the waist cinching corsets to the mod dresses. Who are my favourite designers? I adore the works of Alexander McQueen, Christian Dior, and Yves Saint Laurent. Why? All of these men pushed the boundaries of fashion, whether it was at the turn of the century or using unorthodox methods or fabrics to produce their amazing, museum-worthy garments. My favourite style icon is Audrey Hepburn. She epitomizes grace and exudes confidence in the clothes that she wears.
With all of this, I’m happy to say that I am excited to start blogging about other people and their take on fashion and style. Seeing their influences and choices into their outfits makes a fashion blogger’s day, and hopefully, it will for you as well!