INSPIRED STYLE: How to dress like Janelle Monáe

With New Years Eve around the corner, I'm sure you have plenty of  exciting parties, shindigs and galas to attend to with some lovely people.
The problem is...what are you going to wear? The same dress you wore during the Christmas party the week before? That tired silk blouse stained with red white?

Why not ring in the New Year in style by rocking a fresh yet timeless look inspired by the dapper and delicious Janelle Monáe?

Janelle Monae is a power house of vocals with a sharp style to match. Her style isn't dictated by fast fads or dying trends. Janelle's look is always classic, timeless and dapper.

While still keeping with her style, I'll show two variations of her style; a simple yet classy look and a more dressed up look that's dapper all the way to wear to any New Years event you may attend!

OUTFIT: The maestro's shorts

No matter how cold it is, I also enjoy throwing in a pair of shorts or knickers to my outfits. Of course, pants will keep you warm and jeans are reliable, but shorts always add a sense of boyish whimsy to my outfits.

As mild as these uncharacteristically mild Canadian winters are, a pair of wool tights can be your best friend too!

OUTFIT: Ghost boy

WOW my first semester is just ended! What a whirl wind of madness...My last exam ended yesterday, and yet my feelings of freedom has yet to actualize!
I do have plenty to work on during my "break."

But the end of the semester also means the end of autumn. Autumn is my favorite season, so I'm sad to see it dissipate.

Mmm Mmm Margiela Part III- What is fashion?

I do hate to start any post with an apology, but I feel like I do owe you one! I had technical difficulties with my last Margiela post. I shot over 3 days, outside, inside, diff rooms, diff lighting...all this madness. 
Please accept my apology...we can enjoy the post now, yes?
I think I talked my mouth off with the story and the details behind Martin Margiela.
In short, the darted jacket feels wonderful, like second skin. The flat coat is delicate like paper, it doesn't wrinkle, it crinkles. I love it regardless, but I'm afraid of wearing it sometimes!
I baby my clothes...

I want to get a little personal here and answer the question, what is fashion to me?

Mmm mmm Margiela Part I- The story

Maison Martin Margiela needs no introduction. The iconic house is the father of deconstruction, renown for it's minimalistic yet avant-garde designs, outlandish silhouettes, and the vanishing designer.

You didn't have to be a dedicated lover of the understated cool house to have heard about the collaboration with H&M, with posters plastered everywhere. Though LOVE AETHETICS deducted the irony about how the exclusive house was reaching a mass produced audience, I was honored for the chance to be part of the Margiela vision.

For months I had planned on lining up the previous night to join the frenzy of die-hard fans. But as the date reached closer, I had to hide my head in homework and dream about what might've been.

OUTFIT: The pensive pirate prince's puffy pants

Shhh the pirate prince is deep in thought...
Earlier this week I asked you to guess what my Halloween costume was. If you guessed pirate, yerrr only half right!

Halloween has always been my favorite holiday. It's the spirit of giving candy (unless you're "too old" to enjoy the wonders of trick or treating...) and an exciting time to assume a new persona.

Ah yes, I previously talked about why I love to dress up. You could say everyday is my own personal Halloween, being any character I wish to be. But what makes this holiday extra special? 

Halloween preview

I hope you all had a ghoulishly good time on Halloween!
I won't tell you what I dressed up as just yet, here's a couple hints:

Tune in latarrr this week for the full monty!

COSPLAY: Nana, a sweet shade of punk

Dear baby blog,
I haven't forgotten about you, did you forget about me?

I'm sorry for the delay! I've been indescribably busy with school work and what not. I think about writing you always, but time seems to escape me. Forgive me? I promise to write to you at least once a week!
I used Michelle Phan's Nana make-up tutorial to get the look.

I always say the most exciting time of the day is when you're deciding what to wear.
To me, I am choosing a persona for the day. Of course I'm always just Jell on the inside, regardless of what I wear. But sometimes, you have to let your inner child play dress-up.

RUNWAY REVIEW: A little romance goes a long way

Haider Ackermann S/S 2013
The difference between a bland collection and a memorable collection is emotion.
Of coarse design innovation, and dynamic details captures your attention. But when a collection can touch you on an aesthetic as well as an emotional level? It is no longer just clothes. It's an impression, a physical and artistic expression represented in fabrics.

That's where Haider Ackermann comes in. He never ceases to add pages of romance into the mental scrapbook of his viewer. 

Though celebrated for his rich color palette (that still echoes in my mind whenever I think about jewels), and is no stranger to elevating monochromatic scheme, previous unexplored strong graphic prints were used throughout the collection.

His signature look of intrinsic structured jackets made their appearances with patterned collars or contrast bodies married with flowing, silk trousers were abundant.
Pairing his structured looks with flowing sheer gowns in polka dots gave a picturesque impression of almost lingerie. The impression it adds? That romanticism that Ackermann always has, the unique dance between femininity and masculinity. It is that signature ballroom dance that allows his viewer to fall in love with him a little more, each collection, or emotional impression, he dawns on us.

Did Ackermann's latest collection make you emote?
Is emotion an important element of a collection to you?

OUTFIT: A zebra's argument

Sometimes I force myself to wear color. It's too easy to wear all black everyday, but let's be honest, there's such comfort being wrapped in layers of nori, isn't there? I'm a complete sucker for deliberately clashed patterns that argue loudly or disruptively so in my outfit.

Please excuse my disgruntled expression...I do normally rock the "cool guy model doesn't smile" look, but I was especially annoyed this time around. The nosy neighbor girl was bouncing on her trampoline, trying to spy on my little photo-shoot. She stopped periodically to text and once I left, she also left (how suspicious?)

If my non-discreet neighbor happens to be reading this post: I wasn't posing on top of a camel in 6" heels for a spread in Vogue. This is all what I was doing. Are you happy?
Scarf/Top: Thrifted
Pants: Self Made
Shoes: Online shop in Japan

Welcome, I'm Jell. Just Jell.


I'm Jell.
I'm a fashion design student, an aspiring designer, a lover of Japanese street fashion, admirer of menswear fashion, and a hopeful illustrator with a slight addiction for piercings.

After previous abandoned attempts at keeping an active fashion blog, I'm giving birth to this one. I promise to love and nurture you (...wait is that too forward?).

I want to develop and archive my loving relationship with Lady Fashion in hopes of learning more about her as well as keeping myself (and hopefully others!) inspired.

I will be posting my outfits, illustrations, and creations, as well as street snaps, runway reviews and parts of my life.

In short, this blog is simply about just jell.