What I love about fashion in the 21st century is that trends and style are mediated and discovered through social networks and communicated through online websites more than ever before. What I can especially appreciate is the convenience of receiving daily email updates from my favorite fashy sites like Refinery29 and LookBook that allow me to discover the risks others who enjoy the art of fashion are willing to take.
What I also love about fashion, social networking and the internet is the manifestation of the new-age "Trade Show". Today's trade show is much more innovative because thanks to online social networking, more of these designers and fashion-lovers are connecting in the virtual space and transforming the way we see, interact with and discover what we like and what know about fashion.
This past Fall I got the opportunity to work for Thread, a multi-city indie fashion, design and shopping event that showcases local designers and artists. For just 5 bucks, the ultimate shopping experience awaits you (did I mention there is also a complimentary style and make-up lounge and Thread has sponsors like Smirnoff and Popchips?!...which means free vodka samples!)
During the month of December, I also took a trip up to Los Angeles with a good friend of mine and checked out the Renegade Craft Fair and Unique LA. Both shows were quite different from one another, but every vendor that I talked with had nothing but positive feedback on their sales as well as how easy it was to participate in the show. Almost all of the clothing designers also had Etsy sites as well or some sort of "online shop". These Trade Shows truly allow guests to experience fashion much different than your typical day at the mall because who needs generic when you can buy something hand-made or one-of-a-kind?
But perhaps the mother of all Trade Shows is WWDMAGIC, or better yet: the best 3 days in Vegas that I definitely want to spend! Taking place February 13-16th, WWDMAGIC, presented by the MAGIC Marketplace and in collaboration with Women’s Wear Daily brings together the best assortment of apparel and accessories brands from established to new, progressive to contemporary and everything in between. With over 1300 vendors, how could I miss it?
FashionablyMarketing.Me, has recently set out to give away a chance to attend WWDMAGIC and is looking for bloggers to join as supporting correspondents. For a chance to enter, I had to answer the following questions about myself and my blog:
Q: How did you start your blog? What was the creative inspiration behind putting yourself out to the world?
A: My blog began as a way for me to write about my two favorites--food and fashion, but has manifested into much more than that. While I was an undergraduate in college, I studied and researched the development of online communities and the technological communication shift due to social networking and media. My blog is now a way for me to document bits and pieces of my life in a virtual medium and still remains to be representative of my life at its current state.
Q: From where you began to where you are now as an independent writer, what are three valuable things you’ve learned about your craft?
A: 1. Own what you say: Don't be afraid of the internet, but also be true to yourself. Although the content of my blog has transitioned, the purpose is still the same. I am the person I write for.
2. Pictures are worth a thousand words: Sometimes I opt to post photos rather than choose to write. I enjoy sites with pictures on them and I wanted my blog to be more than just words and thoughts, but also be aesthetically pleasing! Writing & blogging even compelled me to invest in a new camera, one that takes much better pictures and even panoramas!
2. Bloggers love other bloggers: I cannot emphasis this enough! When I first started, I assumed that blogging was something that was done exclusively online, but as soon as I started talking to people about PopRocks&Peacoats, I have been able to connect with and write about some of the coolest people, places and things! Q: What is your personal style?
A: Thrifty and eclectic. I'm always finding myself rummaging through my moms old clothes and choosing to hit up Buffalo Exchange and Goodwill for vintage and unique finds. I also love to mix and match clothing and styles from different decades. I find influence in just about everything, but my style is very reflective of my life at that moment in time. Some days its sequins and sparkles and other days its slacks and solids.
Q: What brands are you head over heels in love with?
A: 1. Betsey Johnson
2. BB Dakota
3. Sherry Lou
Q: What are three of your favorite websites?
A: 1. Post Secret--I'm still on the look out for my postcard to show up!
2. LookBook--What better way to be inspired than by those around me?
3. Proxart--The up and coming art and culture organization with a mission to spread the word and work of those living in the suburbs. Also run by some pretty awesome folks I went to high school with :) They also have a rad magazine, blog and brand new talk show!
Q: Who are three people you love to follow on twitter?