Womenswear Wednesdays: Austin native Monique Trejo on her riot grrrl-inspired look
All photos by Mauricio Rocha
Fashion is cyclical and moves in and out in waves. For example, the looks of the 1990s are making a fashion comeback in 2013. For visual evidence, look no further than Monique Trejo, an Austin native and Colorado transplant who takes inspiration from the feminist punk-rock movement, riot grrrl, and the '90s in general. Continue reading to find out what her style mantra is, where she shops, and what's inside her bag.
Spotted at: 22nd and California streets.
Profession: Hostess. Basically, I'm a service-industry drone.
Favorite film:Three Colors: Red, by Polish filmmaker Krzysztof Kieślowski. It's the last film in the Three Colors trilogy.
2013 jam: "Full of Fire," by The Knife.
Style inspirations/icons: Internet sensation Brooke Candy, Courtney Love, and with bands like Babes in Toyland and Bikini Kill. Riot-grrrl music and culture, in general, inspires me. Riot grrrl is an underground feminist punk rock movement that originally started in the early to mid-1990s. Riot-grrrl bands often address issues such as rape, domestic abuse, sexuality, racism, patriarchy, and female empowerment. Also, I like this tumblr called Fuckyeah90s .
Favorite accessory: My denim jacket I got from a vintage store in Austin. If that is not technically an accessory, then I choose my cat Kitty's hair, because it's all over my clothes.
Favorite color: Black, because it is the lack of color and is always classic.
Style mantra: Burn away the basic; advance forever.
Shops at: Frock On Vintage in Austin, Buffalo Exchange, Forever 21, American Apparel for high-waisted pants, the Internet, eBay, and those ratchet ghetto stores in the mall for tacky clothes.
Here is Monique's favorite jacket -- strategically ripped with a '90s grunge feel to it.
Trejo ordered these platform boots from China, and they took two months to ship overseas. The ripped fishnets match her distressed denim jacket.
Continue reading to see what's inside Trejo's purse.
"I like to shock people and make them question things with my fashion," says Trejo."I'd like it if Denver was more weird, experimental and crazy."
Trejo showcases some items from inside her black leather purse to help relay her personal story. We have a slew of products here: a cosmetic case, the novel Crash, by J. G. Ballard, a unicorn wallet, a switchblade disguised as lipstick, a pink flashlight, a lighter, Olay moisturizer, sunglasses, keys, a pen, a hairbrush, a toothbrush, a cell phone and some Adderall sprinkled in.
Style analysis: While fashion continues to combine the new with the old, so does Trejo. She incorporates '90s punk wear with new items like her platforms, which she purchased on the Internet. She styles her fishnets and denim jacket in a "glorified trashy" manner that channels John Waters, displaying her adoration for camp and kitsch.The look is not overwhelming, though, since it is balanced by her favorite color, black, with a pop of color on her red lips. Even the lipstick-knife in her purse symbolizes her empowered fashion.
Always allow your fashion to be empowered by your favorite decade, music, and culture, Denver.
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