My name is Rachel and I'm a junior at Barnard College, Columbia University in New York City. For as long as I can remember, I have been obsessed with all things sartorial. Having spent the majority of my youth thumbing through the pages of Harper's Bazaar and teetering around in my mother's patent pumps, I've always maintained a passion for the industry. I'm unapologetic about my affinity for brightly colored lipsticks, vintage clutches, cocktail rings, crisp silhouettes and anything that Karl Lagerfeld has touched. Growing up thirty-minutes outside of New York influenced my personal aesthetic, as I tend to favor sleek, practical pieces offset with statement jewelry.
I draw my inspiration from Jackie O, Audrey Hepburn, and most importantly, my grandmother, who embodies the famous Yves Saint Lauren quote, “Fashion fades, but style is eternal.” From her, I learned the value of classic staples (she still dons gorgeous pieces from the '50s, '60s, and '70s), Vogue's September Issue, and a good tailor. But above all, my grandmother showed me that fashion and personality are inextricably linked: as a testament to individual expression, clothing is the most powerful tool a person possesses.
I'm so excited to spend the summer prowling the streets of New York for fresh looks and getting to know all of you. CollegeFashionsta works as a de-facto database of unique approaches to runway trends, and in this sense, is a microcosm for the larger fashion world.
After all, as the proverbial “they” say, never underestimate a well-dressed 20-something — especially in a killer pair of leopard heels.