So, I have the wonderful pleasure of introducing Teen Ugly’s newest contributing writer, Jane from Sea of Shoes. Not only is she incredibly fashionable but she’s super sweet and so damn cute. If only I were this well dressed in high school…
What sparked your interest in fashion?I consider every aesthetic aspect of life to be important-clothes are naturally a part of that, and fashion is fun!
Who/what inspires you?
I am constantly collecting new inspiration, so it’s always changing. I am obsessed with the Japanese street style magazine FRUiTS-especially the older issues from the late 90’s. I love how isolated people’s style in Harajuku is from anywhere else in the world-there’s nothing else like it. Music always inspires me-I love punk and industrial music. My #1 style icon is Tina Chow-she always looked so elegant and her jewelry was incredible.
Does anyone ever compare you and your mom to Gilmore Girls?
One or two of my friends have pointed it out to me before but the comparison is lost on me because I’ve never seen Gilmore Girls!
How do you fit into the fashion scene in high school?
At my school there isn’t a fashion scene-I have to wear a uniform! I go to a really small school and none of my friends are interested in fashion. To be honest I think they’re a bit embarassed to be seen with me in some of my outfits! But usually I find that people at my high school are an appreciative audience for style-I always get lots of compliments on shoes.
How would you describe your personal style?
A constant evolution, I guess.
If you could only wear one item/outfit for the rest of your life what would it be?
That is a terrifying prospect-I guess if I had to wear one thing for the rest of my life, I’d probably wear some sort of Buddhist garb. Or maybe a pair of antique Levi’s worker jeans from like 1895-is that gross?
How many pairs of shoes do you have?
I’m not quite sure-but somewhere around 45-50 pairs!
What made you start Sea of Shoes?
Summer boredom-I started during Spring ‘07 and forgot about it for a year. I started blogging again this March-since then I’ve really gotten into the swing of it and it’s a lot of fun.
What was your first major designer article of clothing?
Hmm….I’m not sure if he qualifies as a ‘major designer’ but I remember on my 13th birthday, I bought two pieces from Custo Barcelona-a bustier-detail shirt with metallic thread woven through it and this puffy little silver bolero with a blue fur collar. It was when the Custo Barcelona boutique had just opened in Dallas I think and I was fascinated by everything Custo! I still think he is an underrated genius.
What do you plan on doing in the future?
I am really excited about starting a career in fashion. There are so many different fields in fashion I’m interested in-being some sort of editor or stylist would be an ideal career for me. I have some exciting things in the works right now that are keeping me busy too! It’s cool that having a fashion blog has opened up so many oppurtunities for me and I have learned so much from it. I think everyone should have a blog-fashion or otherwise. It’s consumer empowerment!