What Is Fashion?
“A prevailing custom or style of dress, etiquette, socializing, etc.”
“Conventional usage in dress, manners, etc., especially of polite society, or conformity to it.”
“However, if you ask a fashion student or a fashion enthusiast this same question, you will probably hear answers such as:
Fashion is a way of expressing oneself,
Fashion is a form of art,
Fashion is playing around with and breaking the rules of conventional dressing.
Fashion may seem like a simple concept, but behind the word is a world full of creativity, breakthroughs, and endless possibilities.” — Bella Koshaba
Within the Haitian community, especially this generation, Fashion sense is extremely important. Some love dressing up for fun, some love to model— others love the idea of styling others.
When it comes to dressing up, I always tend to encourage others to wear what they wish to, when they wish to. You just have to find your own style.
“Fashion does not mean to wear something that is worn by the supermodels. You can combine your clothes according to your own opinion and create a unique style. This gives you confidence and arrogance.
Women who are not dressed well also face problems of communicating with people due to lack of confidence. Dressing pretty and stylish satisfies your soul and you communicate with others professionally and confidently.” — Ganesh Kumar
Diving into the fashion world wasn’t a difficult choice— since a few of our fellow Haitian creatives are currently venturing into it. I took on this project because I wanted others to know who they were and what exactly they were doing.
If you happened to read my previous article on Haitian creatives, “The Creative takeover” then you are already aware of the fact that the label “creative” isn’t only limited to painters, musicians, or writers.
Art is a diverse range of human activities and it ranges from fine arts, visual arts, decorative arts, applied arts and crafts: Art directors, architects, animators, bakers, dancers, fashion designers, graphic designers, hair stylists, illustrators, make up artists, photographers, sculptors, and the list goes on.
“Art is something we do, a verb. Art is an expression of our emotions, intuitions, and desires, but it is even more personal than that: it’s about sharing the way we experience the world, which for many is an extension of personality. It is the communication of intimate concepts that cannot be faithfully portrayed by words alone.
And because words alone are not enough, we must find some other vehicle to carry our intent. But the content that we instill on or in our chose media is not in itself the art. Art is to be found in how the media is used, the way in which the content is expressed”
I had the opportunity to interview a couple creatives I found incredibly intriguing, I love and appreciate the content of their media. I hope you guys do too.
Muhreah: Tell us about yourself, who is Berenice Bijou?
Berenice B. : I am a twenty year old haitian woman, I have been residing in Miami, Florida for the past 4 years. I moved to the Unites States from my home Port au prince, Haiti— to further my education. I am currently majoring in Criminal Justice with a focus in Law, with hopes of becoming a Juvenile court officer. My hobbies are fashion and photography, which I’ve had ever since I was a little girl. Although I always loved Fashion and Photo growing up, moving here gave me more opportunities to broaden my sense of style.
Muhreah: What motivated you to launch your personal blog?
Berenice B. : A month before I started blogging, I quit my 9-5 and went on vacation back home for two weeks. When I got back to the states, I decided to extend my time off work for a week or two— since I was soon starting my bachelors and wanted to “adjust” before going back to work. However, in reality, going back just didn’t feel right. I was only on campus for school twice a week, meaning I had a lot more free time to try new restaurants, museums, to meet up with friends, and to party. I was going to a lot of other bloggers pages based in Miami to see what I could do, such as @eatwith.steph and others. Whenever I went out people would ask me about my outfit, or direct message me about the best places to eat. Hence, I decided to create a platform to help other college students on a budget “live their best lives.”
Muhreah: What is the purpose of “StyleeByyBB”?
Berenice B. : There’s a strong misconception attached to style and money, so whenever people would ask me about my outfit, I’d mention stores like Forever 21 or H&M—even thrift. They would get so shocked, some didn’t believe me. I’d even start to doubt myself and double check the tags. (Although I know every single item in my closet haha). The main purpose of “StyleeByyBB” is to help others get access to AFFORDABLE FASHION and also how to mix match what’s in your closet to come up with the best looks— on a budget.
I have so much more coming to the platform. Collaborations with other Haitian influencers, I plan to try on hauls, film make-up videos, film self-care tips, and honestly anything else my followers would want to see— I’m prepared to bring it all to the table.
Muhreah: Do you plan on pursuing a career as a model? Or a fashion stylist perhaps?
Berenice B. : Modeling is not at all in my plans. As of right now, I am simply doing it for fun and maybe also for the things that may come with. As for a fashion stylist, it’s definitely a possibility. I want to open my own boutique for the remainder of my last college year, until I graduate law school and get my career started. Having a boutique means helping other individuals based on their style and needs, finding the best item and in my experience— if one is capable of putting a top and bottom together and achieve to make it look great, I’m taking everything. I would also like to help others become more open-minded about their sense of style and help them step outside of their comfort zones.
Muhreah: Where are your go-to places to shop?
Berenice B. : I’ve been into vintage a lot, but just to kind of switch it up, I shop at Depop (app store), Mills Vintage Miami, Goodwill, amongst others in the Wynwood area. I also go to missguidedus, pretty little thing, Forever 21, Tobi, and nasty gyal. Follow style by b for more 😉
Muhreah: What is your style philosophy?
Berenice B. : You should always wear what makes YOU look good and make sure it compliments your features. Do not buy it solely because it looks good on the model or designer.
Muhreah: Do you personally believe that there is a stigma attached to people who buy no-name (no brand) clothing?
Berenice B. : Absolutely not! That’s basically what my whole brand/blog is about, looking good and living a good life on a working college student budget.
Muhreah: What is most essential for budget shopping?
Berenice B. : The most essential for budget shopping is:
- To re-use items you already have in your closet
- To know that when shopping you must buy a top and a bottom to match it (or have something in mind to pick from your closet.)
- To ALWAYS, and I mean always shop on sale or use a coupon.
- Also, I recently got into it but THRIFT shopping is amazing for bold/vintage statement pieces.
Muhreah: Do you think there’s a difference between “fashion” and “style”?
Berenice B. : Fashion is more like the globalized word for the industry; a melting pot full of trends that come and go from high couture to vintage thrift.
Yves Saint Laurent famously said, “Fashion fades, style is eternal.” The bits and pieces of fashion are what a person uses to present themselves to the world.
Muhreah: Who would you say is your number one fashion inspiration?
Berenice B. : I don’t have a specific person whose style I completely love all the time, however there are definitely some inspirational women on social media who are currently my favorites. Such as:
Muhreah: What are you most excited about this year?
Berenice B.: I’m looking forward to growth, to see where StyleByB and this dive into the fashion world and Miami lifestyle fun takes me. It’s been a great 3 months so far and I’m already looking forward to next year’s vision board. Might even make it a party!
Muhreah: What is one thing your readers would be surprised to hear?
Berenice B. : A lot is in the works right now for my blog, but the most exciting announcement is a super important collaboration with Take Me There for a trip to Havana, Cuba!
Stay tuned for Style By B, I’m so excited and I am looking forward to announce more about the collaboration and give the readers more details.
There you have it. I hope you guys have enjoyed this article as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it. Thank you guys for your unconditional support and your amazing feedback. Until next time.
This was, “Insight: Style by Berenice Bijou” written by, Muhreahwrites.