Los Angeles is not just about grunge clothing and boho-chic pieces that girls wear to Coachella… and Melissa Magsaysay is on a single-woman mission to prove just that! Magsaysay, former Market Editor of WWD and current fashion and beauty writer for the LA Times, came into town Tuesday night to host a mixer for her new book “City of Style”. eDrop-Off, Glossed and Found and A Perfect Event gathered together to throw a party for the release of the new book as well as sign a few copies for fans! Second City Style caught up with Magsaysay to get her views on how to apply the LA style to your own wardrobe and how Chicago fashion weathers against the rest of fashion in the world.
After first stopping by Chicago for her bacherloette party, Magsaysay knew that this was a city to keep an eye on. “Chicago has really, really cute style, ” Magsaysay explained. “The trip around: the fashion the style, … it’s so good. Everyone is really good with the accessories!”
Magsaysay is also in the crowd in thinking that the Windy City might get a bad rap when it comes to fashion. “I think that people might have preconceived notions. I honestly think that what’s interesting about Chicago is that it is made up of different neighborhoods and every neighborhood can be spliced up by fashions.”
“Because it is a large, spread out cities and I feel like that always led to having different pockets of people and how the history of the area effects the style. I love style that was born out of subculture and organically comes up through music and politics… anything. And Chicago has those roots.”
“The whole point is that there are little touches of L.A. style that can be easily infused, like boho look and crochet details, floppy hats, bangles, the skater look… those are all L.A. hallmark trends and everyone everywhere wears them,” Magsaysay said. “You can take those style hallmarks and make them your own. There’s other ways to inject that look into your style and that’s part of the fun and part of the journey… figuring out how creative you can get with bringing all these different styles to work for you.”
Check out Magsaysay’s new book, City of Style, in bookstores now!
– Taneisha Jordan
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