Fashion is dangerous. If I were one to be existential, I would supplement this by saying something along the lines of, “Fashion’s very appeal is its provocative nature and unwillingness to stay in its social confinements.” If I were one to be nostalgic, I would cite early John Galliano, Alexander McQueen and Jean Paul Gaultier. But I am none of these things, at least not at the present moment.
I simply mean that fashion is physically dangerous. Take Fashionista Nicole Holm for instance. I wouldn’t have the patience to count the number of studs on her outfit. If you find studs sharp enough, they will literally pierce through your skin (and any unlucky passerby's) like a knife. Not surprisingly, Nicole is an avid D.I.Y studder (she created these shorts herself!) and has the nicks on her hand to prove it. The camo military jacket also suggests danger, but that’s a little too obvious to talk about and might possibly be offensive (remember, I’m not being existential today).
I remember at a sleepover party in fourth grade, all the girls were cornrowing each others hair. In a weird cult-like manner, we all held hands and chanted “Beauty is pain” over and over to justify the burning sensations in our scalps (sorry I just got nostalgic … and pretty weird). I personally think studs are worth the pain, but what do you think? Drop some comments below and let me know — is beauty (and/or fashion) really worth the pain?
Name: Nicole Holm
Major: Marketing (Fordham University)
CollegeFashionista: What’s your fashion philosophy?
Nicole Helm: I think fashion is knowing what you like and going for it. There are definitely things that I don’t like and would never wear personally, but if somebody really likes something and they believe in it, there’s no problem in wearing it.
CF: Has your fashion changed since you’ve gone to school?
NH: It definitely has a lot. I would be walking through campus and I would see somebody wearing something really interesting that I wouldn’t have gone for and it inspired me to try the same trend myself. I think I’ve gotten a lot more daring and multi-faceted since I’ve gone away.
CF: What’s your favorite piece in your wardrobe?
NH: I got a new black high-low Free People skirt. It’s just a really great fabric and has a really nice drape to it. I think the mullet skirt trend might be my favorite summer trend.
CF: Who has been the biggest fashion influence on you?
NH: As much as I hate to admit it, I really like Miley Cyrus’s style. I like her details and her jewelry and all the things she wears. Sometimes, if I’m having a good day, I feel like I’m dressing like Miley (laughs).
CF: What are your favorite fashion magazines and blogs?
NH: Nylon, Teen Vogue, Vogue, Lucky Magazine for bargains. Blog-wise, I like Fashiontoast, the Free People blog and fashion Tumblrs.
CF: Are there any fashion faux pas you have committed that still haunt you?
NH: I had this moment in junior year of high school when I bought a tube top and thought it was a dress because it was kind of long. I remember I went to a party and wore it like a tunic with leggings underneath. I told my mom I was going to leave the leggings on but I didn’t. Looking back at the pictures, it wasn’t cute (laughs).
How To: To get this Fashionista’s injury-inducing look, pair a studded camouflage jacket with studded high-waist shorts. Keep a black base with a black tank, sandals and a chain bag. Stand out in a pair of retro House of Harlow 1960 sunglasses. Now for the details, load on mixed metal jewelry, paint a chevron print on your nails and accessorize your iPhone with a studded case.