My obsession with Running Man and letterman jackets started a year ago. Almost all the members wore it in every episode until the staff provided them with uniform letterman jackets per team in every episode. I've been on the hunt for a cutesy letterman jacket for the longest time. I imagined pairing it up with a feminine frock - something with tulle and laces.
But like what I said in my previous post, you can't find anything in my town and I didn't like the idea of having a jacket custom-made for me simply because it came with a hefty price tag. I still wanted a pair though and was just waiting for the right piece - until letterman jackets popped up in every department store in town. After that, it seems like every member of a posse or a dance troupe has a letterman jacket draped over their shoulders. Suddenly, it doesn't seem quite as attractive anymore.
And then came the varsity sweaters. Big, chunky, knitted sweaters characterized by a monogram or a crest. It resurrected my love for varsity preppy (especially when SNSD released their 'Oh' Japanese version music video).
So that's the long and winding story behind this outfit. It was actually assembled last minute in my haste to meet the boyfriend. Never mind that it's not that cold where I live and that my bangs became a cesspool of sweat.
This ensemble also has a tinge of Marc by Marc Jacobs F/W 2012 influence in it. I know I said before that I don't really pay much attention to runway looks. But because of my current job, I need to be on my toes, following one fashion label after another.
A year ago, there's no way I can distinguish the difference between Marc Jacobs and their eponymous line, Marc by Marc Jacobs or Valentino and RED Valentino. I didn't know I have managed to thrift genuine Nina Ricci purse, Lanvin envelope bag and Dolce and Gabbana fruit print button down top until I started checking out the labels of my thrift finds.
Now I can spot Marni and Rodarte, Nicholas Kirkwood and Versace, Family Affair and Kate Spade, Chanel and Hermes. Now I know that Charlotte Olympia makes quirky shoes and bags and Jeffrey Campbell once trained as a shoe maker in Marikina.
The fashion industry is both fascinating and overwhelming. Fascinating because of the creativity that slaps you on the face, both understated and ostentatious. Overwhelming because I have scarcely kept up with Fall/Winter 2012 fashion and September clocked in with Spring/Summer Resort 2013 collection. It's hectic. No wonder Anna Wintour keeps her hair short. With all that runway hopping, that is the most sensible hair cut to sport. But what do I know? This alternate reality is waay beyond my reach.