By Punch Correspondent Hannah Roth
For my first post, I thought it fitting that I introduce myself to you, the Pamelaâ€™s Punch reader. The reason is almost too awkward of a thing to say online, to my computer screen, but I hope we can be friends. Itâ€™s so much more fun to dish about crazy fashion stuff with your friends. Subsequently, here is a tidbit of my style or ridiculous borderline over-the-top taste (depending on who you talk to), and why I love fashion.
As a wide-eyed girl of 16, my fashion class (actually based at Tysons Corner in Mclean) took a weekend trip to NYC. In between showroom visits and strolling along Broadway, the one visit I remember in exquisite detail was our tour of the WWD headquarters. Walking into the foreboding Conde Nast building, staring in awe at the girl in the elevator wearing the new seasonâ€™s Miu MIu clogs, I was hooked. The man who spoke with us was witty, well-educated (Ivy league, dahhhling), and wearing the most fabulously luxurious casual knit gray v-neck I had ever seen. From then on, my lifeâ€™s ambition was to BE him â€“ or at least, become a fashion editor. Sorry mom and dad, my adolescence and young adulthood was destined to be filled with lining my walls with couture advertisements, studying abroad in Florence, and numerous unpaid internships. My younger brother is studying biochemical engineeringâ€¦a much more marketable skill if I sadly say so myself.
Enough of the niceties. So. Fashion. Its not so much the clothes. Although donâ€™t misunderstand â€“ I LOVE clothes. There are very few things better than having on the perfect outfit. But Iâ€™m not so much concerned with the outfit itself. The WHY of the perfection is what is astounding. This mythological summation of variables adding up to Style â€“ temperature, appropriateness, fit, color, silhouette, trend-appropriate representation of YOU as an individual, showcasing YOU as the best possible version of yourself â€“ this is what so enthralls me about the world of fashion.
I always dress up when I feel sick or sad. Why? It changes my mood. Whether psychosomatic or just coincidence of variables, this is a powerful truth. Not to mention the reflection fashion has on todayâ€™s society, or visa versa. Why are the 20â€™s vogue again? Because The Great Gatsby is coming out next summer! Or, is the fact flapper dressing is popular one of the factors that influenced the movie coming into production? Not sure – ask Miuccia Prada, the newly-announced costume designer for the film. This dialogue of which came first, the chicken or the egg, is the mind-bending interconnection between fashion and popular culture that is so enthralling. Sometimes, historical landmarks cause a stir in the fashion community. For instance, after 9/11, all of the Spring runway shows in the winter of 2002 showcased mostly black, muted tones. Fashion is reflective of the day. Style was in mourning.
At present, I can gladly share that fashion is in anything but mourning â€“ in fact, the upcoming year is positively brimming with beautiful clothes to choose from. Showcasing exquisite prints and exotic fabrics, designers definitely felt the muse for Fall 2012. Spanning the decades and ranges of personal styles, there is a look for everyone this year, and I canâ€™t wait to be part of your decision-making process!
Hannah Roth is a recent Virginia Tech grad (and hokie for life). She is a vintage/thrift store shopping junkie, and loves traveling. While her perfect day would entail some sort of mixture of cuddling with puppies, eating dark chocolate, and drinking champagne, she has more serious ambitions as well. Hannah's passion includes fashion and openly dives into DC's rapidly expanding stylish market.