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If Fashion Is a Language, How Fluent Are You?

Let Preview's editor-in-chief Pauline Juan expand your fashion vocabulary.
If Fashion Is a Language, How Fluent Are You? Let Preview's editor-in-chief Pauline Juan expand your fashion vocabulary.

In this month's Fashion Sense, Preview editor-in-chief Pauline Juan explores the psyche behind the question, "How can I be fashionable?" and writes one hell of a #hugot:

"This column is the offshoot of an interview I did with CNN Philippines. Tim Yap and I were invited to talk fashion by architect and beauty queen Shamcey Supsup-Lee, Olympic athlete and TV host Christine Jacob-Sandejas, and comedienne and host Giselle Sanchez on their afternoon show, Real Talk. I'm sure you're familiar with that realization after an adrenaline-filled impromptu talk, when you mentally play back what you uttered and slowly you realize that you had left a lot of things unsaid.

If fashion is a language, then it means people will speak it with different degrees of fluency.

At one point during the 30-minute show, Giselle gestured toward my black shell top with organza-paneled, peek-a-boo back and pleated carrot-shaped black pants. 'I could never dress as fashionably as that,' she said emphatically, and this column's hugot is rooted entirely in that statement.

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I get the feeling that some people think that being fashionable is some kind of gene mutationand it's either you have it or you don't, as if talent for pairing flared trousers with platform heels and a peasant-style, pussy-bow blouse is inborn. As I was trying to convince Giselle to approach fashion from a different perspective, I sexed upon a fitting metaphor: Fashion is language."

To read the rest of Pauline's Fashion Sense, download a copy of our October issue here.

Illustration by Marge Melendez

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