Spring Has Sprung with Stylish Content Creator Amanda Nguyen
Written By: Amanda Nguyen of Feast.Fashion.Faves Feast on These Fashion Trends from Amanda Nguyen
Photographed By: Taylor Lewis
Model: Amanda Nguyen
Hair & Makeup: Geneva Thompson at TONI&GUY Newport Beach
The Expert: Amanda Nguyen, founder of Feast.Fashion.Faves | @FeastFashionFaves
My love for fashion began with accompanying my mom on shopping trips and getting to play dress up in her closet. She, to this day, exudes a sense of timeless style—her wardrobe possesses elements of vintage and retro design that inspired my interest in finding unique items through thrift shopping. My mother coveted (not obsessed over) and had an appreciation for garment design and styling outfits; it was “her thing” and I always admired how she could make a corporate business outfit look so chic.
While attending the Orange County School of the Arts for classical dance, I worked at Hollister, where my passion for visual merchandising started. Having a hand in dressing mannequins and merchandising clothing and displays excited me. I learned how to visually drive consumers to make a purchase by creating strategic, eye-catching displays. As a dance major in college, bringing window displays to life at Lululemon Athletica supported my training while elevating my experience in visual merchandising. I was enthralled by drawing the window concepts on paper and brainstorming ways to bring it to fruition.
Toward the end of my dance instructing career, I started working as a sales supervisor at a contemporary women’s brand, Michael Stars, which led to interning for the corporate visual merchandiser at their LA headquarters. It was during that time I really got to see and experience on a higher scale how important visual merchandising is to the retail store space, and I was driven to learn as much as possible. I worked on vision boards and physically created the pieces that would bring their store windows together. We would create each component of the store window concept whether it was painting, staining or building something; pulling and styling the mannequin looks; completing a mock window display; then visiting the local stores and installing the display. I would say this was the most memorable and impactful time in my fashion journey.
I also started a lifestyle blog, Feast.Fashion.Faves, as a creative outlet to highlight food adventures, style inspiration and cover events. That was May of 2011 and I was following fashion bloggers such as Rumi Neely of FashionToast, Liz Cherkasova of Late Afternoon and Nicole Warne of Gary Pepper Vintage; there weren’t vast communities of bloggers like there are today.
My blog ended up taking me to New York Fashion Week for a few seasons, and I would also cover LA and OC Fashion Week. Feast.Fashion.Faves has opened a plethora of doors to opportunities that I didn’t know were possible—I’ve met countless individuals in the industry: hair and makeup artists, photographers, creative directors, designers, editors, stylists and boutique owners. Meeting these creative minds has allowed me to explore wardrobe styling, production and set management, creative directing, fashion and beauty writing, content creation and modeling. This past year, I teamed up with a wardrobe stylist friend of mine and we launched a fashion magazine, Alpha/Omega Magazine. We wanted to showcase our editorial concepts and bring together creatives in our area. We are excited to have recently launched our second issue.
I’m all about texture and shapes for the upcoming spring season. Trends that I’m swooning over for spring 2016 are ’70s style fringe or any kind of fringe trim, marled sweaters, pleats pleats and more pleats, romantic layers of lace, frills, and floral prints, revamps of retro styles, bomber jackets and slip dresses or lingerie inspired pieces. My go-to styling tip is to mix contrasting textures or styles. For example, with the bomber jacket and slip dress trends, I can pair both together, mixing the structured shape of the jacket with the softness and flow of the slip. I would then finish the look by throwing on a pair of booties or sneakers for a more street-style look.
I’m going to ride out the faux fur trend as long as possible; wear this trend during the spring season by styling faux furs in pastel shades. My favorite pastel shade right now is a blush pink—it’s feminine but still looks luxe. I can easily pair it with a basic tee, black skinny jeans and heeled booties for the daytime or strappy heels for the evening. I fell in love with fashion because of this—being able to see and be overwhelmingly inspired by the runway designs or street style trends and translating it to fit me. I love being able to explore fashion with the various avenues like styling, writing or modeling; it all ties together but each outlet is a different way to see, feel and do fashion.
It was a dream come true getting to play dress up in On Que Style. While chatting with co-owner Kirsten, I discovered that On Que Style has been around for seven years, and that she is a former designer and stylist. I’ve always known of the Corona Del Mar location as being the go-to spot for designer consignment and re-sell, and was excited to learn that there are also San Diego and Irvine outlet locations. On Que Style houses beloved designer brands such as Chanel, YSL, Givenchy, Chloe, Balenciaga, Marni and Missoni as well as the younger brands like Alexander Wang and Helmut Lang.
On Que Style
2900 E Coast Hwy
Corona Del Mar, CA 92625
F E A S T /// On These Spring Trends with Feast.Fashion.Faves’ Amanda Nguyen.