Sabina from Folly and Misfortune is a stylish soul who I met at university, and instantly clicked with. It was one of those spontaneous and unexpected moments, where you meet someone at the right time and happen to both have a zest for fashion. Winter in Auckland has been on the icy side with the wind and grey clouds, but it was a beautiful clear blue sky today. It seemed like the perfect time to take photos, wander around the lovely suburb of Parnell and satisfy our sweet cravings with a delicious nutella dessert from Casa Del Gelato. Read on to discover Sabina’s thoughts on fashion, her favourite designers and style icons.
When did you become interested in fashion?
As a child I didn’t want to dress up and only wanted to wear comfortable clothes, I’d even go to the mall in pajamas. My interest in fashion started when I discovered the kids clothing store Orange Juice, and from that one store I stopped hating clothes. I put together this outfit when I was 7; it was an outfit with blue pinstriped shorts, a white top with a blue bandanna tied around my head. I remember I didn’t think about it, and just put it together and my Mum was amazed of me going from not wanting to dress up, and then dressing up. She told me I could be a fashion designer or a stylist. I went from hating clothes as a child to unintentionally realising that I was good at it. My family and friends would ask me for fashion advice.
How would you describe your personal style?
Recently, I’m just starting to hone it down. I feel like it’s been the same ever since, but I just didn’t execute it accurately until now. It’s developed throughout the years, as I’ve discovered more places to get my clothes from, whereas back then it was just from the mall. Now, I go thrifting, online shopping and searching for rare pieces. I’m now wearing clothes that really reflect my style. In terms of “describing my style”, it clicked last year when I had a job at the Body Shop and we had to wear all black as our uniform. When I left, the manager gave me a necklace as a parting gift and said “I think it really suits your style”, it was funny because she’d only seen me wearing black clothes, but even then she was able to tell my style, describing it as edgy classy which I agreed with and that’s what I’ve been using to describe my personal style.
Do you have any beauty and fashion icons?
I love a French beauty YouTuber called Violette, and I love the way she does her makeup. She’s definitely one of my beauty inspiration. In terms of fashion, I love Alexa Chung’s style and I also take inspiration from model street styles such as Kendall Jenner. There’s the IT girls in general like Jeanne Damas, but I also have styling inspiration from film and television.
What’s your beauty/makeup routine?
My makeup and my style has evolved. In the past, I used to wear a full eye shadow and eyeliner. It was a more intense look, with full contour, highlight, eye shadow and lashes. I steered away from that, and now I wear the least amount of makeup, focus on creating shapes for such as structuring brows and wearing lip colour for more definition. I definitely take inspiration from french beauty and have steered away from heavy layering. Now, I have a more natural look, but still wear colour and take a less is more approach.
What are your favourite fashion brands?
I’ve recently been getting into NZ designers, after being exposed to them when I moved to Auckland. I love the Cooper range by Trelise Cooper and Karen Walker. I also love Miu Miu and Gucci.
What’s fashion like in the Philippines?
A part of why my style has evolved in recent years is because I was more able to wear what I wanted only once I left the Philippines. It’s very populated, and there are only so many people in the fashion industry who will go all out. Everyone else wears for comfort as much as possible, especially cos it’s so hot. Outside of school, most people wear denim shorts, tank top and sandles. Everyone wore the same unspoken uniform. Being someone who’s interested in fashion, I wanted to steer away from that, at the same time you can’t go outside of that without drawing unwanted attention. I’d wear clothes outside the usual combo, and people would always say ‘You’re such a fashionsta’ because what I wore was different.
Back then, I wasn’t wearing clothing as fashionable as I do now, but people always saw me as that fashion girl. Everyone would say you should be a blogger, you’re style goals and even though I dress a lot crazier now, it feels more myself. Fashion was always my thing, but then I felt like what I wore wasn’t good enough because it wasn’t what everyone else was wearing. There was a time I decided I’m just gonna dress normally and maybe I’d look better, so I’d just wear the tank top, sandles and shorts combo. I did it for a week, but it was depressing. By doing that it stripped my personality.
What motivated you to choose a Bachelor of Communication?
It appealed to me because ever since I had an interest in fashion, I knew my approach was to be in the media side, as I didn’t want to be a designer. I wanted to be talking about fashion, looking at it in depth, creating conversations about it, conceptualising and putting together shoots. I knew exactly what industry I wanted to be in, but I wasn’t sure what degree you were supposed to choose to get there, so I thought about English for a while just because I didn’t know what else was there.
I got the application pack and I checked out the list of degrees. I saw Communications and just remembered when I did a Summer workshop on Fashion Journalism after my second year of high school, and I was told that a Communications degree would be a good way to get in the industry. Only at that moment did I decide on my degree, a week before applications were due. I had only spent a mere moment deciding on the big question of what to do for the rest of my life and it has been one of the best decisions of my life so far.