You first met Abby Hollis in her festival style guide, but here you get a proper introduction. I'm super excited for her contributions.
DEFINITIVE FASHION PIECE:
I spent the spring of 2015 searching the Internet for black and white, suede, high top Nike Blazers. After months of probing, I gave in and used Nike’s customize feature to order the classic shoe (a half size too big just in case), and my life was forever changed. My Blazers became my go-to shoe, as well as the beginning of my sneaker collection and identity. These Blazers and I had a few unforgettable months together. We walked the streets of Paris; we met a boy; we started junior year. That winter, however, everything changed. During one of many afternoons spent hammocking at the park, my beloved shoes (along with my phone, keys, and several of my boyfriend’s belongings) were stolen from beneath me. When I told my mother what had happened she said (very angrily), “I hope the lady who stole your shoes feels so badly that she throws up on them.” I had been doing fine up until this point, but upon hearing this I began to sob. I knew no one would care for my shoes the way I did. I soon custom ordered the same pair (the right size this time) but promised myself they would never replace my very first Blazers.
THREE OF YOUR FAVORITE THINGS: live music, peanut butter, bulletin boards
A COUPLE OF SENTENCES ABOUT YOU: STEM girl by day; competitive cheerleader by night; amateur fashion designer and waffle shop entrepreneur sometime in between. My interests and future plans are constantly changing. I love to dabble, whether that be in writing, in greeting card-making, or in kickboxing, but plan to pursue a long term career in fashion design.
SOMETHING RIDICULOUS: my love for The Bluegrass Tribute to Modest Mouse
GUILTY PLEASURE FOOD: the last bit of ice cream that you can only get with your tongue (a ritual I practice almost nightly, although only my immediate family and close friends have witnessed it)
FAVORITE FORM OF SELF EXPRESSION: singing the instrumental part of Uptown Funk
WHAT DOES FASHION MEAN TO YOU: I find that the word fashion itself has become cliche. I struggle to tell people that I want to study fashion design without mockingly overemphasizing the word (if you haven’t yet, try it). The answer you probably expect to see here is that fashion is about self-expression and empowerment, and as much I’d love to rebut this age-old cliche, it’s damn right. Fashion isn’t the latest trend you saw in Cosmopolitan’s Snapchat Story; it’s the outfit that you wear to hype yourself up before that test you didn’t study for. Fashion is whatever you make it.
YOUR CATEGORY/ WHAT YOU’LL CONTRIBUTE: all things fashion, music, waffles, and whatever else I may be into in the future