With blogs dramatically changing the world of fashion, a 23-year-old Filipina-Chinese has risen to the top. From casually posting photos of her outfits online, photographer Tricia Gosingtian—now Forever 21 Philippines’ brand ambassador and one of Tumblr’s 24 internationally sponsored fashion bloggers sent to New York Fashion Week Fall 2011—has gone a long way and is now shaking hands with some of the biggest names in the industry.
How did you get into fashion blogging?
I’ve been into fashion ever since I was in high school, but my eyes were so set on being a professional photographer that I had no time to look glamorous behind the camera. After seeing all the unused clothes in my closet, I decided to utilize them and put a bit more effort into how I presented myself. As a New Year’s resolution, I started documenting my outfits in Lookbook.nu, a famous fashion website showcasing member-uploaded fashion, and things blossomed from there.
How do you think fashion blogging has changed the fashion industry?
It brings fashion to a more relatable level. Fashion bloggers aren’t exactly the six-feet-tall, blonde-haired and blue-eyed types, and it’s refreshing to see normal people style themselves in their own unique ways.
How would you describe your sense of style?
I’d like to think of it as a mix of sophistication and cuteness, a marriage between the classic and the quirky. I’m a huge fan of Japanese culture and aesthetics and I love that dolled-up look they have.
You’ve met fashion giants in New York Fashion Week. What are they like up close and personal?
I shook Oscar de la Renta’s hand. I froze in front of him so I couldn’t really say anything else, but I did enjoy the tour we had in his studio a week before his show. It was glorious—the best-quality textiles were being cut and sewn by the most talented seamstresses, photos printed in black and white were hung in Oscar’s office (he had one with Audrey Hepburn—my favorite), and samples of a then-yet-to-be-released perfume were given to us as gifts! It was also so surreal seeing Nina Garcia up close. She is definitely a role model!
You’re one of Lookbook.nu’s most-followed lookbookers around the world. Why do you think thousands of followers admire your style?
I have no idea! I always joke about how they’re just fascinated by how an Asian girl could have bleached blonde hair! But really, I started documenting outfits way before it became mainstream, so I got lucky.
What’s your most unforgettable travel experience?
Going to Japan for the first time was such an emotional experience for me. I teared up when I landed and when I was handed my first bento box!
What’s your favorite local destination?
El Nido in Palawan is my happy place.
Any practical advice for aspiring fashion bloggers?
Do it for the right reasons. Fashion blogging should never be about fame and freebies. Your passion for something will translate into your blog, and everything else will follow naturally.
Visit Tricia’s fashion blog at blog.triciagosingtian.com