Petrol

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Leather seems to be finding its way into my wardrobe these days, one way or another and I’m not mad about it. However, if you ask me to wear just any moto jacket my answer would most likely be a hard no, with the exception of my Arrivals jacket. I can’t resist the gorgeous Petrol color it comes in and of course, the fur lining that keeps me nice and toasty. It’s been one of my most consistent and trusted pieces in my closet this entire winter season.
Leather + more leather is always a good idea in the “unofficial” Our Second Skin rulebook. I’m all for a statements these days and what’s a better statement than leather squared? I paired my jacket with what was my favorite pair of boots — or should I say pants — until I ripped them completely. I got these boot/pants from Tamara Mellon at the time and was incredibly hyped about them, as the pant/boot combo was something I hadn’t seen before.
Word of advice: don’t try to shoot them in bizarre angles. These boots are badass, that is, until you rip them completely. Hopefully I’ll be able to recommend a pair that doesn’t split in the near future. But until then…Stay tuned for more leather on the blog and more editorials, because your girl’s all about it.

Jacket: The Arrivals

Shirt: Loeil

Shoes: Tamara Mellon

Photo: @skyejones

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Rocawear


Few feelings compare to getting your hands on a vintage piece you’ve been coveting for a long time. I’ve been coveting the nineties feel-good era of fashion since, well, the nineties. After thoroughly digging through archives on reseller platforms (eBay, Poshmark, Heroine etc.) I finally came across this rare throwback Rocawear zip up at, wait for it, Salvation Army… in mint condition.

With today’s current political climate, everyone needs an anchor, or something that brings them back to the good times — an escape from all this cultural anxiety that comes with the lightning-fast change of the now. For me, that’s fashion. Things weren’t as complicated as they’ve become. I turn to familiar silhouettes, styles and brands. This isn’t anything groundbreaking, but it puts me at ease. Oh, and it’s sustainable.

Being sustainable and watching your footprint on earth is something every one of us should consciously work on. In America, where rampant consumerism is at an all-time high, it’s important to try and take steps toward engaging with our earth in less harmful ways. An easy way to do so is by shopping vintage and cutting down on excess spending.

Okay, rant over. Back to the look. It’s as easy as a wife beater, solid denim, sneakers and slicked back hair-do. Don’t you miss when things were simple?

Jacket: Rocawear

Denim: G-star

Photo: @jsalon

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Summer Color Story

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Summer is easily my least favorite season in terms of fashion. Wardrobe becomes stale; minimal effort and monotonous looks become the norm. Differentiation gets pushed to the back burner as everyone turns to their trusted summer go-to’s: cut off shorts, tanks, and tees. Steering away this dryness is pivotal. I always find myself asking the same things during the season: how to look distinctive while dressing comfortable and avoiding dying in the heat (cue easy breezy beautiful Covergirl).

While Summer has its disadvantages – heat and lackluster clothing come to mind – there is a positive takeaway. Color can finally rise to the place that it deserves. Summer and color are a perfect match. When you’re struggling to find anything worth getting excited about it in terms of style, turn towards the basics: color blocking and pairing as an accessory of its own.

I’m wearing a Loéil two piece I stumbled upon while scrolling my Instagram feed. As soon as I saw it I knew it had to be mine IRL. The color was bright, but not too bright, bold, but not too bold. Just perfect if you ask me. I purchased it of course no regrets here. What I admire most about the set is the silhouette, the drape and the flow. I decided to go the color blocking route and paired them with my newly bought pink pirate sandal by Céline from their Fall/Winter 17 collection.

Try a different approach to dressing up in the Summertime, even if it may seem unconventional to start pairing with colors. This is the Summer of color. Embrace it.

Earrings: From Pakistan

Photos: @aminabellaa

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The Situationist

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The crux of the matter is that styling has changed dramatically. Focus on individual statement pieces for a not-so-loud yet simplistic root. A total of three pieces can transform your look, all depending on how you adapt to them.

Statement boots and non-conventional button down top all by my current favorite (Bella-Hadid approved) designer, The Situationist. This Georgian underground label emulates Vetements in their design aesthetic. Except, unlike Vetements, it’s hip and on the radar. Don’t get me wrong Vetements has set precedents that fashion will always follow, but I’m tired of seeing these hackneyed items on x,y, and z. However, there is a fresh quality about a new brand that stirs up excitement in my heart. I love supporting smaller designers, especially when you know they are going to be the next big thing. Good luck getting your hands on it!

It’s a simple formula anyone can follow: Vintage jeans + statement boots + button down. It may seem elementary but when it comes down to it, styling is key. Slicked back hair and dewy face makeup with deep charcoal liner is essential. Also this look is so versatile and perfect for basically any situation. The Situationist.

Top: Situationist

Boots: Situationist

Jeans: Vintage

Sunglasses: Giant Vintage

Photos & Video: @jsalon

Style: Alina Ohanian

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Anaa

Untailored

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It wasn’t until recently, during fashion week that it truly dawned on me that my everyday go-to get up was actually one of fashion’s biggest trends. Almost every fashion influencer, editor, and blogger showed up to fashion shows wearing feminine tailored pieces coupled with cozy athleisure sneakers, track pants, t-shirts or hoodies. I realized that fashion might finally be accepting the fact that we are everyday people, who not only love looking fly as hell but also while embracing the possibility of comfort?

And I’m glad people are catching on because this trend is SO simple. The “untailored” look, as I like to call it, is all about mixing relaxed and effortless garments with polished, lady-like statement pieces. This look takes something tailored and eases the idea up; you can look chic while still giving off that downtown “don’t fuck with me” attitude. It all works! Key pieces to incorporate are blazers (bonus points if vintage), track pants (the brighter the colors the better), and trainers.

For my personal “untailored” look I turned to my Adidas track pants I wore in fifth grade. Yes, I said fifth grade. The lime green detail was so fitting I would choose these over modern day pants any day. Lime green happens to be one of my favorite colors (*drools over SS17 Balenciaga knife bootie*) if I can incorporate it within my wardrobe I take full advantage. I paired my track pants with a pair of classic black boots along with a black turtleneck. For my tailored factor I chose a black shoulder padded and double-breasted vintage blazer from my favorite new vintage shop in Brooklyn, The Break. If you haven’t been there I suggest you go ASAP! If you can incorporate any of these tips into your Spring wardrobe, you’ll be set.

Blazer: Vintage from The Break

Shoes: Aldo

Earrings: Vintage

Turtleneck: Uniqlo

Track Pants: Adidas

Photos & Video: @yeahokayali

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Anaa

 

Reflection

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Reflecting on life is something I do often as of late. This year has been incredible for me considering we’re only a few weeks in. Who What Wear nominated me as their 2016 street style “rising star” in the fashion industry. I’m not sure exactly what this means to myself or others, but I’m honored that my efforts and dedication to this passion I have are being recognized.  Opportunities in life take you places and I’m just starting to see where I’m headed. I have a vision, dreams and goals. You set yourself apart from people when you actively chase these desires, rather than sitting on the sidelines. I’m confident in my second skin, I know where I’m headed.

Pants & Hoodie: Thrifted

Shoes: Air Jordan 1 

Bag: Alexander Wang

Socks: & Other Stories

 

Photos: Sameer Abdel-Khalek

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Anaa

Urban Concrete

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As some may or may not know, fashion trends often derive from ones surroundings. People tend to pick up inspiration from the world around them, unintentionally, and incorporate it in their fashion without even knowing.

This particular look was inspired by the city that surrounds me and makes me feel my finest, the concrete jungle. It is quite difficult to be uninspired by a city so great, with it’s deep cement gray tones, textured concrete walls and cobble stone roads. Not only is the place I call home the inspiration behind this look, but also an emerging influence within culture and art

My top is a collaboration piece by New York based contemporary artist KAWS and Uniqlo. Vest is from People’s Market, Denim is from Acne Studios and shoes are from Maison Margiela.

Photos: @yeahokayali

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– Anaa

Impromptu

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This look was styled as part of an impromptu shoot, in about 10 minutes tops. I’ve come to the decision that I’m going to embrace more moments on a whim, as spontaneity is how I thrive. I always feel the most inspired when the pressure is on, and stress isn’t within my realm of experience. I’m going to save you the whole spiel on my androgynous style and how this particular look came together and let the photos speak for themselves. However, those more curious about my thought process when styling something like this can look and read more here.

I’m wearing a vintage top, H&M mens trousers and black heeled boots, along with a choker from Zara and some hair clips I threw in the mix for fun. All of the styling and creative direction is done by myself. For personal shopping, styling and creative services you can contact me here.

 


 

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– Anaa

Modern Americana

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Denim jackets remain an American fashion classic. Granted my “American” inspired denim jacket was made in France by A.P.C., one of my personal favorite brands especially for denim. A.P.C. does denim like no other company, the detailing and fit is impeccable, if you aren’t familiar I suggest you check them out.

I’ve coupled my denim jacket with a jumpsuit that is pretty much a staple in my closet. If there is something in your closet you are constantly drawn to wearing, try pairing it with something different each time for an alternate look. The most successful fashion trend-setters are constantly recycling clothing and disguise it by the way they style something from the time before.

 


 

Jacket: A.P.C.

Jumpsuit: Urban Outfitters

Shoes: Chanel

 

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– Anaa