Apr 20

Street Style Huntress: Minimalist with a Twist

by Aldona Barutowicz · 1 comment

One of the aspects that I love most about Street Style is that I have the opportunity to meet and feature so many amazing individuals – and it’s even better when friends and past subjects send more incredible people my way, which is how I was introduced to Nicole Wee.

She’s a costuming student at The Fashion Institute and her love of fashion is very apparent – she made me squeal with delight upon seeing her on our photo shoot day, as I’m so in love with the dress that she wore, which she created herself. As if that weren’t enough, she has some wonderful insights and things to share about fashion and her personal take on style, so check out the Q&A below.

Which of Nicole’s style advice resonates with you the most?

Until next time, xo Aldona B (@aldonabcreative)

Street Style Huntress

How would you describe your personal style?

I’d say it’s minimalist with a twist – something is textured, there’s monochromatic layering, or there’s an interesting detail. I usually wear a mix of black, white, various shades of red, and some floral patterns.

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

Runway shows, costume/clothing history, and fun textiles and silhouettes. I don’t typically find myself influenced by bloggers or celebrities.

What are some of your favourite stores and shopping destinations in Downtown Calgary? 

Simons would be my top pick. Holt Renfrew and OSKA in Bankers Hall are two places I like to window-shop at!

What are some of your favourite Downtown YYC spots? 

Definitely walking down Stephen Avenue, Olympic Plaza for ice-skating, the Glenbow Museum, The Wednesday Room, the living wall area on the 2nd floor of Jamieson Place, and where you’d probably find me the most: at the Jack Singer Concert Hall watching a Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra concert.

What are some of your favourite trends right now?

Ruffled sleeves, ‘90s silhouettes, jeans with ripped/raw hems, and culottes.

What fashion advice would you give to others?

1)   Don’t ever dress for anyone but yourself.

2)   Have purpose in your style by making conscious choices when you dress. Essentially, decide what you want your clothes to say about you.

3)   Find a way to elevate your outfit somehow, whether it’s as simple as adding a cuff to your trousers, adding some funky jewellery, or unconventionally wearing something. Take some risks!

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

I am finishing up my last year as a costume cutting and construction major student at the Fashion Institute at Olds College. I’m also currently involved with PARK as a fashion coordinator and we’re gearing up for a couple of things this year, the biggest one being the PARKSHOW fashion show happening in June (it’s their 10th Anniversary!). In addition to that, I make the jewellery pouches for TALEE and I photograph blogger Emma of Studio Intent.

What are some of your future aspirations?  

When I graduate, I hope to join IATSE, which is a union that represents technicians and artisans in the film, TV, and theatre industry. My practicum was held in conjunction with the Shakespeare Company this year, constructing the costumes for King Lear, and I loved every moment of it, so I am eager to work in that industry. I would also love to design a line sometime in the future.

How does your work/school influence your personal style? 

Since I study costume history, I will oftentimes find silhouettes from past eras that I like and try and incorporate it into my own style. The same goes with if I see a detail on someone’s outfit that I find interesting. Being in such a creative industry, you really need something that will help you stand out, so finding cool pieces that could start a conversation will also influence my style.

Anything Else?

Shop and eat local as much as you can. Go and support your local arts scene!




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