In this day and age, we are no longer strangers to the world of fashion blogging as well as its pre-dominantly young female superstars. However, few knew of the existence of equally sartorial male counterparts who can give these girls a run for their money. These males are not your typical modern dandies. They know how to ‘work’ it far fiercer than Beyonce could possibly hope to be without her army of stylists.
This is the first instalment of a series of interviews I have done with a number of fashionable, and highly eccentric males who are not afraid to strut their ‘stuff’ on the streets, in this case it would be in yellow feathers and pink gloves, all in the name of fun and fashion.
Luis Jauregui is a 23-year-old living in Southern California currently on a long term “vacation”, keeping himself occupied through art and blogging. He is also a thrift store enthusiast with a mission to obtain as many amazing clothes as possible.
…In which he discusses the beginning of it all
For most of my life I was always very self conscious and didn’t feel comfortable wearing anything that would bring attention to me so my wardrobe consisted of the basic jeans, t-shirt, and sneakers ensemble. Not until I was a senior in high school did I begin exploring and experimenting with women’s clothing, but it was nothing risqué. I was just another boy wearing girls’ shirts and jeans.
Finally in 2008 I began going to clubs in L.A. and that was when my experimentation with women’s clothing went wild! I remember the first real feminine outfit I wore to this club called Mustache Mondays in Downtown L.A. It consisted of brown high waisted shorts, a brown sequined tank top, and a long layered gold necklace with my hair parted to the side.
The funny part was that I didn’t shave my beard or any of my body hair off, so I was sure many of the people at the club think I was making a fool of myself. I kept this “bearded man in women’s look” from that day on.
…Of style and inspirations
I would describe my style as eccentric. I have an addiction to clothes so if I like something I’ll wear it, regardless if it is meant to be worn by women or not. As for inspirations, to be honest a lot of my outfits come from my imagination. I just go through my closet, pick out different pieces and play dress up until I come up with an ensemble I love.
Of course there are instances in which I draw inspiration from my fashion icons such as Grace Jones and Roisin Murphy. A lot of my outfits are also influenced by music. If I’m listening to Bjork while getting ready, my outfit will reflect a Bjork essence.
…Of his favourite designers
I love so many designers but my favorites are: Nicolas Ghesquiere (of Balenciaga), Riccardo Tisci (of Givenchy), Alber Elbaz (of Lanvin), Martin Margiela, Raf Simons (of Raf Simons and Jil Sander), and Miuccia Prada.
If I were given the choice to only wear clothes from one designer for the rest of my life it would be Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquiere, without a doubt. He has consistently reinvented himself through his collections and has turned Balenciaga completely around. Yet Nicolas has managed to stay true to Cristobal Balenciaga’s inventiveness. There is no other designer whom I get more excited about with what they have to present each season than him. I would literally be the happiest guy alive if I had a giant walk in closet filled with nothing but Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquiere. Oh and another closet just for shoes!
…Of reactions he has received
I have worn so many ridiculous outfits/costumes and most of them have garnered a lot of reaction so it’s hard to single out one in particular. Although there was one memorable outfit that atrracted a lot of attention and that was my Leigh Bowery inspired look. I wore a black ruffled top under a chartreuse cropped jacket, wide legged pants, platform high heels, a custom mask I made, and a big round wig made of yellow feathers, oh and hot pink gloves. That was one of my craziest outfits I’ve ever worn out to a club. Everybody would turn and stare as I walked by. I felt so silly but at the same time I was having a great time embodying another personality/character. Despite the mask that fully covered my face, many people at the club knew it was me underneath because I would be the only one to wear something so ridiculous.
People’s reactions don’t affect me in any way, I couldn’t care less if they like me or not or whether they think I look good. I dress up because that’s what I love to do, it makes me happy and it’s a big part of who I truly am. I will continue to dress outlandish until I decide that I need a change.
…Of his choice of undergarment
(Laughs) This is a very odd question, but to be honest I wear boxers, briefs, bikinis, or sometimes nothing at all. It just depends what kind of trousers I’m wearing. For example, if I’m wearing skin tight pants/leggings I have to wear a bikini bottom, if I wear loose trousers, I’ll wear briefs, and if i’m at home I’ll just wear boxers, and sometimes I go through days/weeks in which I won’t wear any underwear at all. So you see when it comes to undergarments, I wear it all, well except ladies undergarments, I will not touch that. I’m not that feminine!
Luis Jauregui blog: http://atrumludus.blogspot.com
– Gracia Ventus
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