My name is Taylor Goldenberg and I am current student majoring in Apparel Design at the Rhode Island School of Design. Although I was born and raised in sunny South Florida, I thoroughly enjoy the fast-paced lifestyle of NYC, even though the cold is a drastic change of scenery. I hope to work my way up to one day becoming the creative director for a fashion house or part of the creative team for a brand. Apart from that, I have an unhealthy obsession with Taco Bell and I take great pride in my giant painting of rapper Rick Ross, which can be viewed on my website, http://cargocollective.com/taylorgoldenberg
For some, discovering style comes naturally. By realizing and understanding what defines you as an individual, you’re able to express that self-brand largely in part through the clothes that you wear. Unfortunately for me, I was stuck in a whirlwind of bandwagon trends and fast fashion, unable to escape until well into my senior year of high school, when the blindfold was finally lifted and I discovered a world outside of the thirty-two clothing stores available to me at my local mall.
First off, I would like to thank the internet for opening the door to my fashion-consciousness. Living in South Florida has its perks but it is also a blackhole that sucks you in and leaves you alone in the darkness of suburban fashion hell. With bright pink flip flops and five-seasons-old Coach purses at every corner, I was doomed from the day I was born. That is, until I stumbled upon the world of fashion blogs, documenting events such as Moschino’s Spring/Summer runway show or discussing their new favorite Helmut Lang asymmetrical coat. I instantly became mesmerized by the high-fashion community, wanting desperately to be part of it’s complex, glamorous culture. No longer would I seek out that lace-back crop top from Forever21 just because I saw ten other people at school wearing it. My days of trend-driven expression were over. It was time for me to not only re-evaluate my closet, but to truly begin the journey of discovering my own personal style.
Style is all about communication. What do I want other people to know about me without having to say anything? As difficult as it may be at times (especially with fashion being in a constant state of flux), I try and aim for looks that say that I am active yet relaxed, professional but with a fun twist, and above all else, cool. My palette is a mixture of whites, blacks, and grays with pops of color. I enjoy mixing streamlined silhouettes with oversized pieces to highlight my frame (and curves) while maintaining an “appropriate” demeanor. Some of my favorite designers include Yohji Yamamoto, Alexander Wang, and Comme des Garcons, not only because their complicatedly simple, elegant designs blow me away and influence my own design endeavors, but also because they all have ready-to-wear collections that fall within my budget (Y-3, T by Alexander Wang, and Play). Leading an active lifestyle plays an extremely important part in how I choose to express myself, which is why my go-to garment is always the tapered soccer pants by Adidas. Besides being comfortable and lightweight, those three iconic stripes down the sides of the legs say “hey, I do things that require some sort of physical activity so I can probably do something that involves running really fast,” which is obviously something that makes you cool.
What sets me apart from all of these other fashion junkies? What really defines me as a person amongst a sea of cool kids? Sweatpants. I love sweatpants. I live and breath sweatpants. Most people don’t think that sweatpants are cool. I’ve been the butt of many sweatpants jokes but more and more I’ve come across sweatpants being included on the racks of designers such as Marc Jacobs, Rick Owens, and yes, even Givenchy. Style is all about finding what makes you You, and what makes me Me is having the last laugh when everyone is shivering in their paper-thin skinny jeans while I’m swagged out and warm in my “lame” sweatpants.