Hello fellow Fashionistas and Fashionistos, I’m Jenni Thorman, representing RMIT University in the city of Melbourne, Australia. This is my second season at CollegeFashionista, my second Semester at RMIT and almost my favourite time of year: Spring.
Every day we get a little taste of what’s to come: Days are getting longer, the sun is getting warmer, and the stores are beginning to stock the new range of spring dresses and sandals. There is a new promise, a smell of jasmine in the air and I am starting to get excited about my favourite outdoor festivals and bands.
It’s also fair to say that with the excitement of spring also comes the excitement of a new spring wardrobe. I have a wealth of spring dresses that desperately need their day in the sun, literally. Many of these dresses are rare one off vintage finds, although I do have a special place in my heart for Californian designer De Weese. I have so many of her dress from of the 1950s era. They all feature a built-on bullet bra, called the star bra, pockets and big beautiful ’50s skirts. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the same print twice.
My interest in vintage doesn’t stop at wearing beautiful vintages dresses. I also collect vintage hats and make beautiful unique hats from recycled materials. I have frequently sold these at the markets around Melbourne and Sydney, but these days, with the pressures of school, I just tend to make to order.
Apart from beautiful dresses that I love to wear once the weather is warm, this time of year also reminds me of my childhood. I grew up in the small country seaside town called Ulladulla. My dad owned the dive shop that was close to the sea pool, and our house was at the edge of a bush-walking track. A creek and a waterfall were along side it. This was how I spent my early teens.
So with great fondness I welcome the new season and its prospect, and I hope that you all enjoy my FASHIONISTA/O SPOTLIGHT posts for this fall of 2013.