Beyond the hype // Jane Aldridge

January 2009

Always wear knockout shoes.

Jane Aldridge is an 16 year student from Texas. Marvel at her truly wonderful collection of shoes on her blog Sea of Shoes.

Describe your personal style and its influences / inspiration.

It's so hard to describe my personal style for me...I guess at the end of the day, it's just that I really love beautiful clothes and shoes, and my style evolves from my love of my wardrobe. I get inspiration from clothes themselves! Also, my family is very inspiring to me! We're all very creative people so we always try to create an environment for ourselves that is conducive to the creative process. We have a lot of fun together-my sister, my mom, and I are great shoppers when we partner up. My mom got her start in fashion when she left Texas to live in Tokyo to model during the late seventies/early eighties. She had always loved fashion but she had never seen anything like the style in Tokyo.

What do you like about living in Dallas?

I don't actually live in Dallas-I live in a really small conservative town about 45 minutes away from Dallas. It's really bland and shitty and commercialized. Dallas is cool because there are some really kooky people there. It seems like all people from Texas have this inherently sick and twisted side to them. In Texas, the farther away from 'civilization' you get, the weirder the things/people you find are. It's a little bit primitive sometimes. I like that.

Favorite designers and places to shop?

My favorite designers are Rick Owens, Martin Margiela, Ann Demeulemeester, Yohji Yamamoto, Dries van Noten, Rei Kawakubo, Nicolas Ghesquiere, Haider Ackermann, the team at Threeasfour...I also think the two brothers behind Custo Barcelona are pretty genius.

What do you think your favorite designers have in common? Is there one designer you believe is truly inspirational and unique?

The one thing all of my favorite designers have in common is timelessness. The reason I like Martin Margiela, Comme des Garcons, Dries van Noten, and Rick Owens is because their aesthetics transcend time. If you look at any of their collections from now or the past you would never be able to date them because they stand on their own, completely seperate from trends.

The first thing you look at in another person's outfit is:

I guess I try to take in the look as a whole and see how texture, shape, and color work together.

There are so many different textures, shapes, and colors in this world - what is the magical combination of these elements that make an outfit "work"?

That's a great question. I wish I knew the answer. Whenever I get dressed, I keep changing things in my outfit, looking in the mirror, and deciding whether or not I've 'got it'. When you've found the perfect combination of shapes, color, texture, and detail you just know that's it! Everyones sense of what works and what doesn't is different.

What do you splurge on?

Shoes, obviously. Shoes are like miniature sculptures/works of art to me. I really appreciate beautiful shoe design.

You certainly have a beautiful collection of shoes. Do you feel the functionality of a shoe important at all?

Not for every pair of shoes. Of course you need shoes that are practical for walking in, but it's true that the most aesthetically pleasing shoes are often the most impractical. I definitely take the 'closet appeal' factor into account when buying shoes. It's important to me that they look beautiful on my shoe shelves.

What do you skimp on?

Tops...I feel like I don't have any shirts, so I just steal my mom's or my sisters.

A fashion rule you never break:

Always wear knockout shoes.

Favorite color(s) of the moment:

I love shades of beigey pink-it sounds kinda gross but it's such a flattering color! I'm obsessed with a certain shade of very pale seafoam's very difficult to find in clothing but it's so beautiful.

What do you think is the latest trend to appear, and what are your thoughts on it?

I hate trends and hype, in fashion, music, blogs, whatever. (does that make it ironic that I love fashion?) It's hard for me to comment on any specific trend...all I know is that even though I am young I am quickly becoming jaded because I see how quickly fashion consumes a trend and replaces it with something new. What is the most underrated item in menswear and womenswear? I think more guys should wear suspenders and more girls should wear full-bodied, floor sweeping skirts (because they feel beautiful on!)

What is your next must have purchase?

A pair of Balmain studded sandals from Spring 09...I'm working hard to get a pair for myself!! They are truly exquisite shoes.

Are there any fashion icons or famous people whose style you admire?

My #1 fashion icon is Tina Chow. She passed away in 1991 but she had the most incredible style, I wish there were more pictures of her. She also designed jewelry that was very organic and ahead of it's time...I would kill for a piece of her jewelry..

What's on your iPod / bookshelf / DVD player at the moment?

Lately I've been listening to Suicide, Japan, Boredoms, Ex Models, and Cocteau Twins. The last book I read was 'Kafka on the Shore' by Haruki Murakami and the next book I'm going to read is 'The Tipping Point' by Malcolm Gladwell. The last movie I watched was Steamboy by Katsuhiro Otomo and the next movie I'm going to watch is Mind Game by Masaaki Yuasa.

Next place you want to travel to:

Tokyo is my next travel destination. Tokyo is always my dream travel destination. Fashion there is so apart from fashion anywhere else. The shopping is fantastic and the way of life there so different than anything I've ever experienced.

What is your personal favorite outfit on LOOKBOOK by you, and by another member?

That is such a hard question! There are so many people whose style I'm obsessed with on Lookbook. I love every one of Bizzy's outfits, her style and photography is great. Chris has great style too. This photo is great too, I love all of this Perhan Khoshkele's outfits and I guess five peek nosebleed is my favorite outfit of mine simply because I love those boots and I love that dress...they both seem kind of futuristic, right?

What is a normal day for you?

My life is really boring. I go to school for eight hours during the week and when I get home I work on homework, work on my blog, and if I have time I like to draw and watch movies. On Wednesdays I intern at a boutique in Dallas called V.O.D. which is always fun! I really hate school and the weekend can never come soon enough.

What can't you live without?

Happiness and beauty.

What is the ultimate showpiece in your closet?

When my people look in my closet, first thing they say 'why do you have that gigantic tutu?' I have this ankle length tulle crinoline that takes up a LOT of room in my's probably the first thing you notice in there.

By the year 2010, you will be what/where:

Not dead, I hope.

Our December interviewee Hannah wants to know: What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

I'm not much of an ice cream person to be honest. I prefer jelly beans or cookies!

What should we ask the next interviewee?

Ask them what them what their favorite magazine is.

What would you say to someone seeking general fashion advice?

Take risks, distance yourself from trends, and buy what you like.


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Erika Marie
She's a sweetie and a possesses an INSANE sense of amazing style! x
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Adele C
good advice concerning trends!
it must be so hard living in a conservative town with a wardrobe like yours, i can only say i'm glad you have the will to dress up and make day-to-day life more interesting.
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KC Centeno
i love her shoes. having a family that's into fashion is such a gift.
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Laura Frances
so young and so intellectual. you are definitely interesting
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this is great. I loved the answer to the 2010 question
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Ashley Dy
Felicitation! :)
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Loza M
good read! I agree!! buy what you like and not trends!!
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Mega Brinsmead
Wow. I love knowing about all these people.
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LiYin Lim
inspiring to read this from a 17 year old girl ;)
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Desira Pesta
whata gal!
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Market Publique
ha! The last book I read was Kafka on The Shore too! I love Murakami and have read a ton of his books, but my favorite are his short stories. If I'd had to pick a favorite novel it would be Norwegian Wood.
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I read about you in Teen Vogue's article and your blog is amazing!
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Pepermintswish *
i love your style way to much
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Chantel T.
I love Tokyo too. The fashion there is just outstanding.
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Bex Bloomwood
Totally love this girl! Amazing set of shoes! Am ssoooooo JEALOUS! hehe
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Malka Jongbloed
i like your style very much...
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