It seems you can’t swing a pair of high heels these days without hitting a blog, magazine, or news source featuring Anna Dello Russo’s inimitable sense of style. The current Vogue Nippon editor-at-large has long been a “fashion maniac,” as Helmut Newton once dubbed her, and is frequently documented in extravagant, fashion-forward ensembles. Having achieved style icon status in the past few years with the advent of street style blogging, Dello Russo hails famed photographer Tommy Ton as her “guru.” But Dello Russo is an expert herself in the ways of the fashion industry, and you can soak up some of her vast knowledge of the subject through a live streaming Middle East meet-up.
In celebration of Dubai luxury boutique Symphony’s first anniversary, Anna Dello Russo will host a Round Table Discussion on October 31st. Known for its creative visual merchandising displays and campaigns, Symphony brings the international standards of global style to Dubai in hopes of putting the UAE city on the fashion map. Also participating in the event is Savoir Flair, the Middle East’s prime online magazine for international and local style. Savoir Flair editor-in-chief Haleh Nia will partake in the dialogue, in addition to designers Felicity Brown and Camilla Skovgaard, fashion editor of Harper’s Bazaar Arabia Sally Matthews, and other various writers and editors.
In an era of jeggings and UGGs, Anna Dello Russo brings a much-needed joie de vivre to dressing up that should encourage everyone to go glam for day and night. The Italian editor’s unique point of view will be an exciting addition to a panel of designers and Middle Eastern tastemakers. The conversation is set to stream live on Halloween at 4 PM Dubai time, which translates to 5 AM PDT (for Californians, yikes!) and 8 AM EDT (for all those early-waking East Coast-ians). Though it’s likely that I’ll be asleep when it airs, the discussion is well worth checking out. There’s no doubt that those who tune in will gain insight into Dello Russo’s involvement with the style sphere, in addition to getting some pointers on that whole fashion thing.
(Photo, via wonderMode)
For over a week now, I’ve been stuck. Stuck stuck stuck. I’m not sure if it was the break that did me in, the ten days of sweet freedom that felt merely like hours in retrospect. Maybe it was my great uncle’s passing, as well as my high school classmate’s funeral/memorial, which promptly and solemnly ended my spring break. It could just be laziness, restlessness, boredom, the longing for summer and endless days of warmth and sunshine. My impulse buys and the dwindling money in my checking account have been troubling me; maybe my brain is soaked in regret and buyer’s remorse. Maybe it’s a grand combination of all those things that has left me feeling worse than down in the dumps.
Regardless of whatever it is that has been weighing down on me, it has not ceased in days. I have been unable to focus in class, and I am procrastinating worse than usual; I feel unable to perform simple assignments that would usually be challenging but now feel impossible. I am lethargic and find it tiring to do simple tasks like put on makeup. It even feels strenuous to think of what I should post on this here blog.
I apologize if this is utterly depressing and uninteresting to read. But maybe I’m suffering from a lack of inspiration, which sometimes happens. I am constantly reading magazines, looking at art and fashion books, perusing blogs and websites, and online window shopping. I attempt to inundate my artistic meter with infinite inspiration, so that it will compel me to write, draw, paint, and read more. Every once in awhile, though, I come to a point where I am just not inspired. I will look at pictures and photos of things that I find inspiring, but it doesn’t ignite the same spark that it usually would. When I get inspired, I accomplish things and subsequently feel proud of myself. Maybe I’m just not feeling accomplished these days, and have no high from such a feat.
No matter how long I write and write, the answer may not come out. I’m not even sure if this blog is the right place for me to be putting all of this information; I could be writing in my little orange diary, which I have not touched for months and months. Aside from the fact that typing is easier, I want to figure out what this blog is all about. No, I don’t have it all thought out and organized in my mind. I am continuously attempting to figure out what I want to do here. I used to have an old blog, called Romance in the Stars, where I uploaded inspiring photoshoots and spreads and editorials. It was more of a visual blog than a writing blog; I occasionally posted a movie review or my thoughts on a dress or a recent acquisition, but nothing too detailed. With Mode and the Like, I want to push myself. I want to write about everything, and also include inspiring photos and things. I want this blog to be creative, beautiful, insightful, informative, and inspiring to others. Is this too high a goal to aim for?
I’ve been analyzing each fashion blog I come across, where pretty, skinny girls with thousands of followers show photos of themselves in stylish outfits and write about their existences. I look and dream, wishing I could be like them. Sure, I am as vain as the next person, yet I am self-conscious, shy, and hard on myself. Do I need to be overconfident to be a successful fashion blogger? Do I need to curl my eyelashes and wear high heels everywhere, toting my SLR camera and incessantly asking my friends or boyfriend to snap me in a natural pose? Do I need to lose forty pounds and eat nothing and go to parties every weekend and drink until all I see is black?
I’m just a nineteen-year-old with a laptop and a shopping addiction. I don’t know what I’m doing. I just know what I want to do. I want to present to the world a new appreciation for culture, fashion, music, art, film, literature and poetry. I can’t affect people’s tastes; I can’t stop them from listening to Justin Bieber and watching Jersey Shore and shopping at Ed Hardy. All I can do with this blog is show my view of the world, my likes, my dislikes; I can attempt to justify why something is good, or why it is not good.
Hopefully I can find my way out of this rut, and start to feel good about my life again. Maybe it will take exploration of my misty San Francisco, or maybe it will just take intensive self-exploration. Perhaps I need to get out and see the world. The solution to my problem of creativity sucked dry could be in the view from the Legion of Honor, up on that big ol’ hill that looks over the Golden Gate Bridge and the bay, where you feel like you’re on top of the world and you can do and see anything. Maybe it’s in the Legion of Honor itself, or the SFMOMA, or the de Young Musem. Or maybe all it will take is a simple photo, a model dressed in a lavishly-styled outfit, pursing her lips and fluttering her eyes at the camera. Until that time when I discover what it is that I’ve lost, I will drift along with the hope that the missing puzzle piece will find me. xx