As a college student, it feels like life is an endless hike in the woods. It’s full of hard, exhausting, courageous, beautiful and overall fulfilling moments. There are constantly ups and downs, and at this point in my life I often feel like my problems are relentless; yet I have so many realizations of how lucky I am to be me. Alexander McQueen’s fall 2015 ready-to-wear collection demonstrates this message about life’s hardships and glories to me. She relates it to nature, saying the collection demonstrates “the frayed nature of reality and the beauty of imperfection.” This message stuck with me because of how deep a runway show could hit me. This saying, along with the incredible Victorian-style looks and their natural edge, immediately inspired me. The show also depicted the life of a rose, with tight buds in the beginning that open into a lush bloom, eventually dying into a gorgeous decay.
The part of this process I chose to take along with my look is the phase of the rose in full bloom, because I feel that relates to where I am in life as well as most college students my age. I may be confused and stressed out half of the time, but I am in the phase of my life where I am continuing to bloom into myself through these mistakes and difficulties. Overall, the process is as beautiful as a rose.
My look represents my personal style inspired by McQueen’s collection and words. I ran with the nature vibes of the collection, which mostly relates to the hair and makeup along with the textures in the pieces. My personal style is much more bohemian than these looks, so I tried to give my look more of a romantic feel that still stayed true to myself. I feel like this outfit truly shows the blossoming of a rose, full of layers and textures. It is also representative of nature with the neutral colors. I chose to create a messy hairstyle to go along with the vibes of the collection. Shooting this look in the prime of fall also helped represent all of the characteristics that I chose to interpret from the collection.