My name is Anna Lei and I am a Premedical and English double major at the University of Notre Dame. I am currently a junior and shall be studying abroad in London this spring semester. I am extremely excited about interning for CollegeFashionista this semester because fashion and style have always been close to my heart.
I have always been fascinated by fashion. While some are quick to associate fashion with pejorative words such as “materialistic” and “inconsequential,” I believe fashion offers a resplendent respite from the sometimes monotonous daily grind of life. In the movie Dead Poets Society, teacher John Keating asserts: “Medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.” Fashion is a beauty that we live for. Fashion is an art that speaks. A designer molds the impalpability of perception into the tangibility of clothing. The cut, the material and the colors are all components of a designer’s story. So if you look, you can hear the thoughts of a designer and enter a separate realm of feathers and glitter and the quirky cage hats seen in Alexander McQueen’s spring/summer 2013 runway show.
When fashion trickles down from the immaculate walls of Vogue to the poster-filled walls of a college dorm room, that’s when it becomes style for me. I always enjoy the time I spend gawking over the grandeur and genius in the runway shows of iconic fashion designers such as Alexander McQueen, Anna Sui and the eternally classy Chanel, but I am a college student, so my closet isn’t brimming with beautiful, but expensive designer clothing. Fashion is an inspiration for my personal style, but it does not consume it. My style is a form of self-expression for me, so my attire consists of garments from a wide array of stores (Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Betsey Johnson, Forever 21, Love Culture, Michael Kors, Southern California boutiques, eBay, etc) as well as my parents’ closets from the ’70s and ’80s. The garb in my closet is certainly eclectic and my friends have subsequently dubbed my style as “eccentric” and “unique.” I embrace these adjectives with open arms since I strive to reflect my individuality in my ensembles and abhor homogeneity. Thus, I frolic around in galaxy leggings, skeleton tights and faux fur vests to some people’s horror and other people’s appreciation. What I wear has always been absolutely determined by what I like and never affected by people’s opinions, so my outfits shall forever comprise of apparel that suits my fancy with a dash of fashion runway inspiration.
I am ecstatic about expressing my interest in fashion and style in a novel manner by writing about both in the ‘What to Wear’ section of CollegeFashionista. I hope my lovely readers enjoy my words and I look forward to sharing all the delicious styles I spot in London!