How “Furniture” became fashion, and WWD posted it

Photo by Andrew Morales/WWD

I wore this particular outfit to Naeem Khan, which was the show I was most excited for this season. I’ve been very excited to see his work for this year so I wanted to put together something special to wear that day. I take a lot of care in what I choose to wear; always ensuring my entire look fits together and describes how I am feeling in that moment. I carefully hand select the vintage pieces I find, restore them to good health, and wear them with pride. The morning before the show, I even made a special appointment with my good friend Heather Schnell to curl my hair in a retro style.

After the show I had asked the lovely couple next to me to take my photo – which they were kind enough to do – even complimenting my outfit in the process. Which is why, during their quick snap, I was so surprised to hear from behind me:

“Wow. That girl looks like vintage furniture. I guess everything gets recycled.”

Photo by Denton Taylor

Fashion is all about expressing yourself. If and when you dislike something that someone else is wearing – and it will happen – it’s important to remember that the things you say are not just harmful, they are rude. I said nothing while my outfit I had worked on for weeks was torn apart in seconds. I knew I felt good in what I was wearing and I wasn’t about to feel bad about it because someone else thought it resembled “furniture.”

Photo by Denton Taylor 🙂

So here’s to all the women who choose to wear colour instead of the ubiquitous NYC black, and for stepping out bravely in something totally unexpected.

Here’s to the women that choose not to follow every trend; that wear what makes them feel their absolute best and reflect what they feel. Not what everyone else is choosing to embrace.

This NYFW I learned that when you stay true to yourself and your personal style, wonderful things can happen. After all, fashion is all about expressing yourself. Even if you decide next season to go as a shag carpet.

Thank you for noticing my personal style WWD.

XO

-Belle

OUTFIT DETAILS:
CAPE: Vintage 60’s
FAUX FUR: Imposter 4 U
YELLOW CARDIGAN: Vintage 50’s Cheerleader
DRESS: Vintage 70’s
DRESS 2: Glittery Topshop
BEADED HANDBAG: Vintage (date being researched)
SHOES: Prada

SPECIAL THANKS TO HEATHER SCHNELL XX

22 Comments

  1. Jenelle March 7, 2017 / 3:30 am

    People say the meanest and strangest things- generally from a place of insecurity. You look amazing and like you had a brilliant time!!
    xx Jenelle
    http://www.inspiringwit.com/

  2. Maggie March 7, 2017 / 3:48 am

    This is by far the most unique outfit ever and it’s so refreshing. You kind of remind me of Susie Bubble. Wear whatever you want and feel like a million bucks. 🙂

    xoxo,
    Maggie S.
    ❤Clothestomidnight.com

  3. Thomas March 7, 2017 / 5:09 pm

    Don’t ever take comments like that personally, although I know it can be tough not to at times! Your outfit is amazing and I applaud everyone who steps out of the black uniform which rules in the fashion industry. I myself love color and I don’t care what others think! Stay strong! Stay beautiful! Stay unique!
    xoxo
    Thomas

    http://thomasfalkenstedt.com

  4. Jo March 7, 2017 / 9:25 pm

    Congratulations on being featured on WWD! That’s awesome and totally well deserved because your style rocks! I sell vintage clothing, so I know first hand the rude things people have said about vintage clothing to me. I’ve had, “Oh so you sell junk.” True story, someone totally said that to me. It used to bother me when I started selling, but now it just rolls off my back. I’ve accepted that some people get it and some people don’t. Like you said, why waste your energy on the lot that don’t. Hear hear for staying true to yourself!

    xo, Jo
    http://www.cutandchic.com

  5. Atsuna March 8, 2017 / 12:18 am

    Aww I hate it when people are so judgmental! 🙂 Embrace being different and creative. I think there’s come a certain level of artistry to be bold and experimenting fashion. Fashion is not only practical but it’s a form of self-expression so I always appreciate the different styles I see (regardless if it’s something I would or would not wear).

    http://www.atsunamatsui.com

  6. Candace Hampton March 8, 2017 / 3:45 am

    I love NYFW because no one can judge you because everyone is different in their own special way! Vintage looks are my absolute fave, so I am definitely swooning over this number on you 🙂

    http://www.thebeautybeau.com/

  7. Ana Vukosavljevic March 9, 2017 / 1:35 am

    Oh girl, people can be so rude… You look amazing!! Im loving your unique style and I totaly agree with you on everything! Im always for expressing yourself and being different from the uniformed crowd. You go girl!!

  8. Gina Diaz March 9, 2017 / 3:08 am

    Don’t bother about this type of comments, sweetie! you look incredibly amazing, and I do love to wear colors so much!!!

    Xx, Gina

  9. Jen March 9, 2017 / 11:51 am

    Haters gonna hate! I think you look wonderful and I can tell you put a lot of thought and effort into your look. Maybe that will be the new trend. You never know until you try, right? Awesome look Belle!!!

  10. Candace Hampton March 9, 2017 / 4:54 pm

    The thing I like most about fashion is that it really doesn’t matter what anyone thinks of you and you can pretty much wear your personality. You styled this look to perfection babe and I think it looks wonderful!

    http://www.thebeautybeau.com/

  11. gracie March 9, 2017 / 7:22 pm

    Fashion is so much like art, in the eye of the beholder ! I love that you stepped out of the traditional look. I just went to my first fashion week this year and it can be fun but also brutal. We all need to rejoice our individual styles, we are all unique. You look beautiful 🙂

    • gracie March 9, 2017 / 7:22 pm

      sorry forgot to sign the above :
      xx, gracie
      snappedbygracie.com

  12. Open Kloset March 10, 2017 / 9:10 pm

    Hey Love,
    Hows You?
    How Beautiful Outfit and God your Hair is Amazing:) Such a Fun Style:) Vintage my Fav:)And One thing, don’t care what others think , if you feel Good or Happy this is what matters:)
    Kiss Open Kloset By Karina
    Happy Weekend

  13. Cece Lam March 13, 2017 / 4:58 am

    I love your hair, your outfit, you attitude.. basically everything!! I’m so glad you had fun at NYFW 🙂 It’s a great experience!

  14. Diana March 19, 2017 / 9:59 pm

    OMG, this person, who said is an idiot! I would definitely snap your photo if I met you. I shop all the time at vintage stores!

  15. Ciara March 21, 2017 / 3:44 pm

    This is so fun! I absolutely love it on you – you totally pull this look off. When you take fashion risks not everyone is gonna love them, but that’s the fun in fashion! You’ll never please everyone so the best thing is to always stay true to your personal style, wich you have definitely done.

    Ciara
    http://www.ciarasalloum.com

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