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Fashionable Monsters: SOMA, San Francisco

The lights were turned low, and the cameramen/women were shooting off beams of light to illuminate the
dark figures of fashion. Realizing that I too needed flash, I scrambled through the crowd to find my camera
bag — then it hit me.

What’s the point of having a Canon 7D if I’m not willing to push it to the limit? External flash?
FUGETABOUTIT! These babies were cranked to 3,200 ISO.

The Wicked Witch:



The Bride of Frankenstein:

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The [Hair] Of Slytherin: SOMA, San Francisco

What can I say about Michael that hasn’t already been said about AC Slater, flying cars, and finding spare
dollars in your washed up jeans? Not only is he a second time star on, he’s also a damn
genius when it comes to style.

To pull off a Black on Black outfit requires a lot of experience/style: You need to have perfect layering, a sense
of the which blacks you want (yes, there’s more than just one Black), a firm knowledge of textures, and you also
need the attitude to match.

Ya know what’s strange? From what I’ve seen, actual fashion designers dress pretty normal. Sure, they do
inject a good amount of style into their personal wardrobe but it is the non-designers who come off as
most stylish. Michael, a Fashion Marketing student, is no exception.

I think you can tell a lot about a person by their shoes, and how clean they keep em. To me, a person who is
comfortable in their scuffed shoes is often a person at ease with their own self. Allowing one’s shoes to age
gracefully is like saying that you’re comfortable in your own skin – be it your own human skin, or a chunk of
sleek leather boots.

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The Purple Ghost: Backstage At The Constituent Paris Fashion Show, SOMA, San Francisco

I‘m not sure why but whenever I cover a fashion show, my automatic
response is to go backstage and photograph the models.

I don’t know about you but to me, there’s something very magical about that
setting. It feels like you’re in the basement of The Roman Collesseum. You
don’t really do much – you just sit there and admire the warriors as they
prepare for battle.

You observe their true selves because once those gates open and they’re
released from their cage, there’s nothing but stoicism on their face. So to
actually see them in their normal, pre-battle expressions is actually
quite remarkable. It’s like watching a flame as it gets bigger and bigger.

Fun fact: The vivid purple and blue colors in these pictures are completely
au-natural. Aside from a few minor alterations in contrast, the rest was left
as is.

Before the show, I noticed the entire staff acting extraordinarily calm. No frantic fashion designers, no crying
models, and no cornball photographers making the models do this pose. (yuck!) It really speaks volumes
about the organization, and the sheer talent of these individuals. Who needs nerves and fear when you’ve
got skills?

When I’m backstage, I’m a ghost: I stay in one spot for a few seconds, then I move on to the next target. I
try to stay as invisible as possible. And when my subjects find me I simply tell them “just pretend like
I’m not here” and like that… beautiful things happen.

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What The The Hell Is “Hip Hop” Fashion? – Battlefest Live 360, San Mateo

Some of you might be asking yourself right now “What the shit?! I thought this was a fashion blog? Why
the hell are you covering hip-hop events?! Ranier, you goddamn sellout!”

Ummm, yeaaa…. about that.

I‘ve actually been attending Battlefest for many many years. How many many? This many: IX. But in
all my years at Battlefest, I’ve never taken the time to observe the outfits and styles of the “hip-hop
community.” I mean, what the hell is hip-hop fashion anyways? To kick-start this blog, I present to you:
Urban Terminator.

“I need your tank tops, your high tops, and your sunglasses….”

Urban Terminator, watch out! It’s… uhhhh…..what’s that guy’s name again? OH YEA! It’s: Mumm-Ra!

Damn homie, someone dun blew up yo hair!

That reminds me: one of the things that I noticed about hip-hop style is that, when it comes to outfits, most
of these kids wear pretty normal stuff. Nothing too crazy, or too creative. That’s on a entire outfit, but the
real creativity is seen on their accessories and color choices.

Herro ^-^

No, Mom, it’s not what you think! I’m just looking at uhhh…..uhhhh… it’s FASHION! YEA! It’s this new
eco-friendly collection from the designer named…uhhh…LEO PARD! Yea, that’s it!”

Immaturity aside, I thought this group really went for the jugular. Instead of creating crazy costumes,
they just put all the ladies in matching outfits, but different bras. Truth be told, I actually liked some of
the prints on the bras.

Ya see? This is what I like to see. It’s simple, it works on her, and it just looks

And the winner for best dressed dance group goes toooo…….. Funksters!

But of course. I mean, they are based in San Francisco, so it’s almost a given
that they’d be stylish. And now, for the winner of best dressed couple….


The way I see it, if you’re gonna color your hair, ya might as well go all out – like this chick.  Doesn’t her hair
remind you of a dreamsicle? It’s so cool! What do you think, Mr. Boyfriend?… Mr. Boyfriend?

Apparently, Mr. Boyfriend was not impressed. But hey! No worries! Now that
they’re on my blog, they’ll be famous! Awww, aren’t they just the cutest
little urban-hip-hop-fashionable-yet-kinda-famous couple? Come on guys,
group hug! ^0^

To be honest, I was a bit disappointed with the show. Not the show itself (which is always amazing), but rather,
the styles. The problem is that, when it comes to being fashionable, you sometimes run the risk of being

So what will it be? Wear the ugly sweats that are easy to move around in, or rock the vintage jeans that
suffocate your man bits? Hopefully next year gets better (fashionably), but sometimes, ya gotta
understand what you’re there for: dancing –  not fashion. Until next time, dear Battlefest.

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Business As Usual: At The San Francisco State University Fashion Show

Okay, I’ll be 100% honest with you: This fashion show was not the best I’ve seen. In other words, some of
the clothes were actually, kinda sorta, maybe, under certain circumstances, a bit on the uglier side of
things. But I mean hey! Everyone is a winner, right?! *cricket-cricket*

So, with that in mind, here are some of the looks/details that I DID like; although, there were definitely
outfits that I liked but didn’t get a chance to photograph.

I wonder what this guy is thinking: “What is thy purpose in life!?”

Ahhh! Watch out! It’s a dementor! It’s an evil, soul sucking– oh wait, nvm ^-^

This outfit was actually one of my favorites. It wasn’t the most technical outfit, nor was it the most creative,
but it was definitely among the most wearable. Because in the end, no matter how much you love that
Chanel Couture collection, there’s no way in hell you’re gonna wear it to the supermarket – unless you’re
Lady Gaga.

OH SNAP! IT’S THE HAMBURGLAR! Hahahaha! Okay, Ranier, focus! Stop monkeying around! :o)

“This outfit-suh is like-uh SOOO comfortable-suh!”

Holy crap! Isn’t that the guy from Dancing With The Stars, Tony Dovolani?! Please, Tony! Do a move
for us! Wow us with your dancing abilities! Aside from this guy being one stylish mofo, he actually
approached me because he wanted a shot of my outfit for his blog. You sir, have impeccable taste!

As always, this Mr. Hector lookin stylish, as if  he owns the damn place. Although I must admit: I’m a bit
surprised he isn’t wearing one of those unique bow ties that he usually wears…

Overall, the show was pretty cool. I can’t really cap on it too much because in all honesty, I can’t even knit
myself a damn tube sock. However, from an analytic perspective, there were definitely good pieces, and
bad ones. Not only that, but I’m actually attending San Francisco State in the fall, so GO SFSU!

Lesson of the day: This girl has really cute hair.

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Don’t Stand So Close To Me: De Anza College, Cupertino

I gotta tell ya: I’m seriously starting to like this lens. Even though this well hung 70 – 300mm looks like a
giant sex toy, it sure makes for some interesting photos. Before, I was all about getting up-close and
personal with my subjects – close enough to touch them. But now, I can do that from a stalkerly safe
distance! PEEPING RULES!

The weird thing is that, from a distance, the styles that I used to object to are suddenly appearing as
interesting and cute. This outfit, for example, is just another “Asian girl wearing something cutesy from
Forever 21 and what-not”, but when you’re THIS close… it’s actually quite bearable. Heck, it’s even a
half decent outfit!

Details, my man, details!

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Harray Poh-tah! – De Anza College, Cupertino

The sweater and hat totally remind me of Harry Potter. I can hear it now… “HARRAY! HARRAY!”And in
my crazy imagination, I can visualize this dude riding his bike, then flying away as if it were his
urban broomstick.

This just goes to show you: no matter how shitty a clothing brand may be (in this case, American Eagle), there’s always someone out
there who can (and will) do it justice.

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“What Asian Are You?” – De Anza College, Cupertino

If you’re like 75% of the population, you too enjoy people watching. However, to say that you enjoy people
watching is like saying you enjoy music – it’s too general of a statement. The question to ask is “What are you
looking for when you people watch?”

For me, one of the games that I enjoy playing while people watching is a game called “What Asian Are You?”
So, ladies and gentleman: what Asian is this girl? I’m guessing Korean. Any takers?

Speaking of Koreans: Why do they (and pretty much all Asian International Students) always rock the
sickest outfits at school? They’re always wearing these really unique, one-of-a-kind pieces. “ASIANS, Y U NO

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The Way You Move: De Anza College, Cupertino

Fashion isn’t all about shapes and trends. Sometimes, it can be a certain color, or a combination of colors.
But for me, I find that movement has a great affect as well. Movement can breathe life into an outfit and
often times, it makes a piece or two feel alive.

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Safari Weather: De Anza College, Cupertino

It’s about time, eh?

Seriously dude, what the hell is up with this weather? First it’s rainy, sunny, light showers, then scorching hot.
Weather man, get yo shit straight! On a positive note: the students at De Anza seem to be stepping up their
stylistic game! Hooray for spending more time planning outfits rather than studying! I mean jeez…
education is sooo overrated ;)

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