Dec 15

Street Style Huntress: Power RED

by Aldona Barutowicz · 0 comments

I’ve only told you lovely Street Style Huntress readers about a million times about how much I love red – its the ultimate power colour that I just couldn’t live without! So when I spotted Sam Brown in this bold red jacket, I knew this would be the perfect way to end my 2017 street style adventures! And then, when we stepped outside of the core to Stephen Avenue and spotted the Downtown Calgary holiday baubles, it was as if the entire thing was destined and meant to be!

What can I tell you about Sam and her style? Well, it’s pretty awesome! She’s bold, adventurous and true to herself. All of the qualities and attributes that I’m on the lookout for. And, she changes her hair frequently, which is definitely one of the things we have in common, aside from the red, obviously. So check out the Q&A before about her style inspiration and advice, and find out how she chooses to spend her days in Calgary!

But before I sign off…

I want to thank all of you for taking the time to check out my columns each month, and to all of the lovely and stylish people that I was able to capture this past year (and the past 7+) – how time flies! I look forward to hunting the streets again in 2018, so stay tuned to my adventures and always follow along @aldonabcreative!

Happy Holidays!!! xo Aldona B, Street Style Huntress

How would you describe your personal style? 

I would say my personal style is rather experimental. My body changed a lot over a short period of time and I often feel like I’m still catching up with getting clothes that fit my body properly, but this has really allowed me to open myself up to new looks and colours other than blue, haha.

What are some of your influences when it comes to fashion? 

Queer fashion is a magical thing, because there is mold or guideline to fit in. I spend a lot of time looking at the creative combinations, uses of colour, different body types, and adornment of accessories (or lack there of) that you can find under a google search or hashtag “queer fashion”. There’s no end to the creativity and inspiration in this community and I love it.

What are some of your favourite Downtown YYC spots? 

I spend a lot of time wandering through the core looking for interesting backdrops for portraits–I love a good variety of colour and texture. I also love a good patio beer. You’ll also more than likely see me at Hot Mess and other queer pop-up parties and drag shows.

What are some of your favourite trends right now? 

Not to be that person, but I really don’t pay much attention to trends when it comes to fashion. Technology, on the other hand, I am all over! I’m very fascinated by the rapid implementation of facial recognition technology and the prospects of AR/VR as a form of consumable content. I think that the crossover between these fields and fashion opens up a massive amount of creative opportunities, and I can’t wait to see what happens.

What fashion advice would you give to others?

Fashion is a means of personal expression–keyword being personal. When my hair was a more wild colour, people would often tell me “oh, I wish I could have blue, purple, teal hair”, but here’s the thing: You can. Just do you, my dude.

 

 

Tell us more about the projects and work that you’re involved with.

I co-host a show for the University of Calgary’s NUTV called Campus Style, where I discuss different aspects of fashion and share tutorials with an emphasis on student life. I’m a freelance social media consultant, photographer, and content creator, always looking for new connections and ways to get involved in the community. My clients have mostly been local bloggers, small business, and non-profits. I’m also trying to focus on my own creative social media presence (@sambrownisok) on twitter and instagram, as well as get back into creating visual art and honing my videography skills (if Vine really is making a comeback, you bet I’ll be there).

What are some of your future aspirations?  

I want to be in a space where creativity and self expression are valued and celebrated. The growth of social media created the opportunity for such communities to form and thrive, and I hope that is able to continue for a long time. I really love working with social media and creative forms of online content, so I hope to reach the point where I can stick to it full time.

How does your work influence your personal style? 

As a freelancer, I’m not restricted by dress codes or locations, which has allowed me to really experiment with my personal style. There’s no repercussions for mixing patterns, changing my hair three times in one week (or leaving it to its own devices for three months), or wearing a blazer that’s longer than all my jackets. I get to be me and it’s so refreshing.

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