Finally getting to post about this after weeks of desperate battles with myself - it was so hard to keep quiet about something as exciting as this! It has actually been months since Romwe contacted me to do a design collaboration with them, and it was a real honor to be chosen. The previous blogger they worked with was Lua P. of Le Happy, who has a *huge* following compared to poor little me! Her collection really reflected her edgy, rocker style, and honestly, it made me a bit pressured to come up with pieces that perfectly described my own sense of style. I’ve often mentioned in my 2013 entries how I’ve been undergoing a transition with my style, and how my taste in fashion now isn’t entirely the same as when I first started documenting my outfits some 3-4 years ago.
The design process was quite tedious as I had to turn in some sketches and ideas while I was in Japan, but for the most part, I think my being there played a huge role in figuring out the concept of my collaboration items.
At this point, I can finally say with confidence that my fundamental goal for fashion has always been “to dress up in order to blend in”, contrary to popular belief that I’m doing it to stand out. In Japan, I’m definitely not the most stylish person (I mean, I’m far from it), but their fashion and culture has influenced me so much to the point that being able to blend in the streets of Tokyo (while wearing my personal style) became my ultimate wish early on in my life. Now, wearing the same outfits in a totally different context (case in point, here in Manila) might warrant me some awkward glances in this lifetime (and I don’t even have outrageous style), though I’m too caught up living my life as a citizen of the world to even bother.
Speaking of Japanese fashion, if you’ve noticed, I’ve long graduated from teeny bopper Popteen/Seventeen fashion and have been leaning towards more onee styles that are more girly, classic and minimalist. For this collaboration, I was inspired to modify simple designs in the style I’ve been adapting recently - clean, chic and sophisticated, but still youthful with a hint of cute!
The yellow, blue and white color scheme was inspired by spring/summer themes such as the bright blue sky, as well as white and yellow daisies. I really wanted to create items that I’d personally wear and that wouldn’t be difficult for ordinary people to pair with their existing wardrobe. Nothing is complicated here, just the way I like my clothes. These aren’t anything special but I hope you guys like the whole collection!
This dress is my favorite of the bunch! It’s simple but it works, and the loose, shift silhouette makes it so comfy. It’s an “eat-all-you-can” dress which doesn’t require you to be immensely conscious of your body while you’re wearing it.
The main point of this dress is the scalloped hem. I am obsessed with anything that is scalloped right now, and this couldn’t have arrived at a better time. The quest for the perfect scalloped dress is now ever, because I finally got to design myself one!
This design is a combination of both the cut-out trend and the bold ruffle trend this spring/summer. It’s in white so it can be easily paired with any bottom.
Main point of this top is the big ruffle details on the sleeves. Reminds me a bit of angel wings!
More cut-outs! This was meant to show off sexy collarbones while keeping it conservative with the long sleeves and high neck. Also in classic white so it’s easy to pair with anything!
And again, the quest for the perfect scalloped lapel blazer is over because I got to design one for myself. Super love the unique scalloped lapel which is quite difficult to find anywhere else. It’s also cut in a boyfriend blazer kind of way so it’s very comfortable. So comfortable I don’t want to take it off at the end of the day.
And lastly, the perfect summer dress! I wish I could make more variations of this in the future, but this will do for now. It’s in my favorite blue color, and I made sure this was going to have vertical stripes for a slimming, elongating effect. It’s also empire-cut so it flatters body types like mine with no curves.
Main point is the off-shoulder design that is ideal for hot and humid Manila weather. It could even be a good one-piece to bring to the beach!
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Because collaborations are always a good thing, here’s a Trissey exclusive brought to you by my talented BFF Crissey. She made illustrations of cute girls wearing variations of the Tricia x Romwe collaboration items. I couldn’t be happier with the results!
Kicking off the second day of MOFW Indonesia with a custom-made batik print off-shoulder top. Being exposed to Indonesian batik for a whole week made me want to wear it. My only problem was that I couldn’t find anything that fit my personal style! What’s a better solution than to create something of your own design? I bought some inexpensive printed fabric from Mirota in Yogyakarta and met with one of my favorite designers, Cat, to discuss a collab with her. This is only the first out of the three items that we managed to create together, and I can’t wait to show you all the two other pieces of clothing that we made out of the fabrics that I got.
Pretty much aimed for the whole traditional-meets-modern concept for this look, obviously! Went the matchy matchy route and paired the top with denim track shorts, a small bag, and Jeffrey Campbell-inspired lace-up heels - three particular items that I thought matched the blue, green and pink colors of my top. ALSO, off-shoulder clothes need to be revived soon, I swear. Can’t get enough of them. <3