Penn Fashion Week was full of amazing surprises. From luxury cars to luxury goods, the week was the perfect time for students to explore the world of fashion. But while students got the chance to peruse the world of fashion in panels, pop up shops and fashion shows, the halls of Huntsman weren’t the only locations buzzing with talk of fashion. CollegeFashionista and Penn Fashion Week teamed up with Shoptiques to determine the best dressed Fashionistas and Fashionistos on a different runway— on Locust Walk.
This Fashionista won the Best Dressed at Penn Competition with a whopping 146 “likes” on Facebook, and won a goodie bag courtesy of Stoptiques. Inspired mostly by color, this business student clearly won the hearts of Penn with her bright personality and stellar fashion sense.
Name: Emily Wang
Major: Undeclared in Wharton
CollegeFashionista: What are you wearing?
Emily Wang: In the photo my dress, bag and shoes are from Forever 21, my belt is from H&M and my earrings are from The Limited. It’s spring, and I wanted to bring some light, fun colors to reflect the weather and the mood. I love color blocking, and I love the way the orange complements and even enhances the coral, so I paired the outfit with an orange bag and matching earrings. I think the belt adds shape, and the gold shoes are low key enough that, by matching it to the gold button on the belt, the attention is focused on the outfit rather than competing with the outfit.
CF: How would you describe your style?
EW: I am very feminine, and I’d love to describe my style as an artwork of a progression of the woman in the 1960s, but with a more modern twist. Some days I love to bring it back to the classic for the more proper, cinched-at-the-waist lady-like look, but other days I love a trippy, psychedelic pattern mixed with some really cool pants for the more liberated woman inside of me. I absolutely love the 1960s, so I would say my style is very much so based on that era because I love the high glamour and the details. I am also obsessed with big hair.
CF: Where do go for style inspiration?
EW: I try to find inspiration in everyday life. I am inspired by the colors around me, and some colors I can just see will just look divine on fabrics. I read a lot of fashion magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue, I follow the Style.com app when the new collections come out and I love going to boutiques and vintage shops, so I bring a lot of things together. Lately to satisfy my ‘60s obsession, I’ve been following a lot of Mad Men fashion. The entire show is just beautifully made, and the costume designer, Janie Bryant, is phenomenal. She is so detail oriented, and every outfit is just so intricate and so spot-on to the era and the personality of the characters. Mad Men is definitely what is making me want to spend money right now.
CF: What trends are you looking to wearing this summer?
EW: I actually have these tribal wedges that I am so excited to wear to a music festival or something, so the tribal pattern is definitely something I’m looking forward to wearing. I actually just bought tribal leggings, pants and tops, so I think I’m covered in that section. I feel I am going to be very bohemian this summer because I have purchased a lot of printed bralets and high-waisted shorts. Other looks that I am looking forward to wearing this summer are skater skirts, cat-eye sunglasses and clothes that have nice silhouettes. Structured clothing is just so mesmerizing and intriguing to me.
CF: What is your favorite place to shop in Philadelphia?
EW: There is this boutique, Aoki, in Rittenhouse Square, and it boasts such effortlessly chic styles. The entire store is a work of art, and the owner has such a sharp eye. The spot is just an artist’s dream, as she makes use of the space very well. Everything from the walls to the shelves to the lights are so detailed and tuned to perfection. I go there for inspiration mainly, and it’s always such a liberating and creative adventure. I feel like I am in a piece of artwork, and at the same time it opens my mind to new trends that I would not ever imagine.
CF: What is your best piece of style advice for college students?
EW: I really do think that people look best when they dress according to their personalities. Once you discover that, you open your mind to not just your own likes and dislikes, but to an appreciation of art itself. I have a friend who is quite a hipster. She wears things that on a hanger I would pass as hideous, fringy or even Hunger Games-esque, but she pulls it off effortlessly and beautifully. To me, the most important thing is knowing what your personality is and then building your art around that personality. Style is an art, and it’s a very special art because it’s personalized. It’s how we display ourselves using our bodies as a canvas, so, without a doubt, knowing who you are, what you’re interested in and what appeals to your eye is the first step to looking fabulous.