Meet Emily, a fashion merchandising student and winner of American Eagle Outfitters Project Live Your Life, currently featured in our Spring Break 2014 campaign. Get to know this artist and aspiring fashion blogger whose free spirit inspired us. Be sure to follow Emily on Twitter and Instagram as well!
You’re studying fashion merchandising. What do you think the big trends for 2014 will be?
I think the vintage and urban looks will easily continue to dominate this upcoming year. I think furs with florals will make a comeback as well as unique cuts featuring geometrical shapes and very modern/very new textiles and patterns. The Bohemian look will really play out in 2014, and I feel like femininity is taking a whole new turn of looking more masculine. What can I say, women are taking over- even men’s clothing.
What makes your style different from others?
My style can be very relatable but in a different way. I’m into the bohemian/punk look, while still looking feminine. I’m not your average girly-girl- I’m probably the farthest thing! I find myself matching black with black almost everyday. I like dark, earthy colors and mixing them with another color that really pops (usually with my shoes). But then again, I don’t really settle on one style, I like to switch it up every now and then!
Do you have any fashion icons?
My fashion icon would probably be Vanessa Hudgens! I love what she comes up with, she never seems to disappoint me fashion wise!
What is one trend that you want to come back?
The 1920s were so elegant and fun! I want to be in a Gatsby movie just to wear one those gorgeous dresses.
What is one trend that you wish would stay in the past?
I personally get inspired by ALL trends- we can all learn something from other styles, fashion is a way to express yourself. It wouldn’t be fair to outcast someone’s personality.
Who or what influences your style?
Nature is a huge inspiration to me. I love looking at and exploring new things. I live in an area where the commute to the mountains, beach, and deserts are all pretty reasonable. I hope to travel the world one day to get inspired by new and exciting things!
What characteristics make you stand out?
I’m such a weirdo that I don’t think it’s possible for me not to stand out.
You also describe yourself an artist. What inspires you to create?
My inspirations are all the people I’ve had the pleasure of crossing paths with. I love being around new, unique personalities- it really gets my creative juices flowing!
What does “art” mean to you?
Art to me is LIFE. If I didn’t have art in my life I don’t know what I’d do!
Tell us about your part of the mural. What motivated you to draw what you did?
What motivated me was everyone back home. I have so many friends and family that support me in everything I do, and the surreal, crazy feeling of just being in Miami really inspired me to create something beautiful with my American Eagle Outfitters family.
You’re from Claremont, Ca. What do you heart about your city?
I heart how artsy my city is- I’m surrounded by creative individuals so I can just be myself when it comes to art. Everyone is so accepting and I learn and see new things everyday here!