Margaret Dallospedale (or Maggie) has been a fashion blogger since 2010. She started posting her looks through the website Style.it during that year and a few months later decided to start her own blog at Indiansavage.com. She called it “Maggie Dallospedale Fashion Diary” and the objective was to share her thoughts, ideas and inspiration on topics that she’s passionate about and to post her outfit photos.
The name of her blog “Indian Savage” comes from a nickname that Maggie’s grandmother gave her when as a child she used to open her mother’s closet and started mixing and matching the most extravagant clothes that she would find inside. Her grandmother said she had too much imagination and that she didn’t abide to any fashion rules but since Margaret studied at a private school where uniforms were mandatory it was normal that she would feel the need to develop her own specific special fashion identity which might have started back then.
Margaret writes her blog in three languages, English, Italian and Spanish because she grew up between the USA (where she was born), Italy (the country of her origins) and Venezuela (the nation that watched her grow) and because her parents always wanted that their four children would practice and use all three languages.
Recently Maggie achieved one of her dreams, to become a beauty reporter for the fashion magazine Glamour.it. This fantastic experience has given her access to a lot of information, advice and tips directly from industry experts which she now shares with all of her readers.
Besides her love for fashion she’s also a fan of technology, fitness and traveling so she also posts a lot of articles dedicated to those topics on her blog.
Veronica is a Spanish legwear fashion blogger whose big passions are her family, music and fashion. A teacher who loves to travel, read, shopping and listening to music, Veronica also loves to play piano and clarinet. She started her blog in November 2014 but she’s very dedicated to it and posts new styles almost every day and links them regularly on Facebook on a wide variety of fashion related groups. Veronica has an impeccable taste for legwear and some of her outfits feature tights from Calzedonia store which releases great new items every season. She also finds a lot of her clothes and legwear in local shops which sometimes actually have items that you can find on regular shopping mall brands and are great in order to help boost the local economies and small national manufacturers.
At the end of each week Veronica creates a post that examines all the different outfits throughout the week and you can vote for your favorite one. She also shares quite a bit of her daily life so you can get to know a little more about her through her blog and although it’s written in Spanish you can always use Google translator (or pick up a new language).
We hope that you enjoy Veronica’s blog as much as we do, you can follow her on Facebook, Instagram and Google Plus. Recently Veronica started to contribute a lot of posts to our Facebook groups: Fashion Bloggers Worldwide and Legwear Fahion which we invite you to follow.
Identity Crisis is an awesome brand that features some extremely original designer pantyhose and thigh high socks among other legwear products and one we’ve been wanting to feature on our website for a long time ever since we were approached by Elysia Panda, the brand’s founder. Elysia was kind enough to send us some items and we loved everything about them starting with the way they were packaged within a large strip of fluorescent malleable plastic with the logo stamped on them in black labeling tape which gives it an electro-punkish feel that’s visible throughout the Identity Crisis product line.
We sent Elysia a couple of questions about the brand and she was awesome to take some time to answer them, lets jump right ahead and get to know more about Elysia and her awesome legwear brand, Identity Crisis:
Why did you have this idea of starting a new designer’s brand dedicated solely to legwear?
I have been infatuated with legwear for a LONG time!! One day I was visiting my grandmother and she noticed a pair of thigh highs that I was wearing. She went back into her bedroom and brought out this box. In the box was a gorgeous pair of silk stockings that my grandfather brought back to her from Italy after the war. It was this shared sentiment that really brought forth my love for legwear.
Beyond this personal sentiment, I find it incredible that legwear is such a timeless accessory; always taking on a new form of trend in every decade, every season. It never dies and unlike many trends that come and go, legwear is always prevalent in some shape or another. Ex. ankle socks, tube socks and pattern-heavy socks for men are the “in” trends at the moment. Tomorrow the trend could be something completely different!
Your brand was originally called Stocking Noir, what made you change the name to Identity Crisis?
Identity Crisis is StockingNoir 2.0 ! Since last May when the legwear business began, we sold a mix of curated pieces from other designers and created pieces that we designed for collections of own. With the growing technological trend in “custom print” and creative freedom to design (…whatever the hell we wanted!), I found the creation process more fulfilling and quite frankly, a wave of the future. So, Stocking Noir was rebranded as Identity Crisis to redefine the direction of the company to speciality / custom print socks, thigh highs + pantyhose.
Can you tell us about some of the collaborations you have with artists?
Our next collaboration will be out next month featuring designer, Xtina Lee (xtinadraws.com). Xtina is an illustrator and graphic designer, who recently graduated from Carnegie Mellon, interned with VICE mag and studied with the University of Arts in London. I originally saw her prints at a CMU Senior Showcase and thought “oh good lord, those discombobulated limbs would make the raddest socks.” So, I sent her an email (pretty much the second I got home) and we’ve been planning this collection ever since!
I am personally really excited for this collaboration as it is a 4-piece collection of socks, thigh highs and pantyhose in super weird-yet-playful prints. It is everything that the young at <3 can get down with! Xtina describes her design style influenced by “kitsch, comics and a bad sense of humor.” I think that people will definitely be able to see and enjoy that…
(You can see some sneak peeks of the patterns she designed below.)
What’s your main inspiration when you think about new collections, can you guide us through your thought process?
Each collection basically depends on who is designing. It ties back into the name Identity Crisis that way…as each collection is a reflection of the designers personal style & identity. I do play a creative role in each collection but that has more to do with deciding how to best showcase the designer and shooting all the content for web. My philosophy is to offer creative input but pretty much let each designer do their own thing~
Please, tell us a little more about yourself, Elysia, who is the person behind this fantastic brand?
Haha, Elysia is just as much in a state of Identity Crisis as the name might suggest. I’m a wearer of many hats. I’m an entrepreneur / event planner / fashionista / model / visual artist / stylist / web junkie. And that’s A-OK.
I read this article recently about how all great fashion icons have one “signature” look (Anna Wintour, Karl Lagerfeld, Twiggy, etc). It’s true. Personally however, I have always preferred to wake up and put on something entirely different than the past day. It is a liberating expression of feeling that varies on the day-to-day. That has always been my favourite part of fashion; the ability to be able to wear whatever the hell you want, whenever you want!
Can you guide us through your daily routine and tell us what are some of those things that you can’t live without?
Every day is intentionally different. Routines scare me. On top of overseeing Identity Crisis, I usually have a handful of creative projects going on as well (styling, modelling, design). Even if I say to myself that I’m too busy, I’m always finding new photoshoots and small projects. It keeps my life interesting and most importantly, creatively stimulated!
Also, things that I can’t live without: An inspirational trip to the art museum, Japanese culture (especially the Studio Ghibli films), gourmet cheese, 80’s synth pop, finding cool sh#t / good reads on the internet, my googly-eyed Japanese Chin and my handsome boyfriend <3
What a fantastic read, thank you very much for your time Elysia! What are you waiting for? Visit the Identity Crisis website right now!
It is a great pleasure to be able to try and review two pairs of these fabulous Inkkas tennis shoes. Inkkas was created by Danny-Ben-Nun, a designer and traveler that, during a backpacking trip to South America in 2012, wandered upon a pair of shoes made from authentic local fabrics in Peru. Danny was fascinated with the beautiful intricate colorful patterns and decided that he had to sell those beautiful creations globally hence deciding to create the brand Inkkas.
“Danny met with the local producers of these exquisite shoes to discuss the possibility of teaming up with them, so that they could produce products that were even more beautiful than the ones he had seen.” and started producing and selling them on a global scale. Besides working together with these craftsmen the company is also engaged with the local communities and has “teamed up with other non-govermental organizations, such as AmazonWatch and Cuipo, to funnel some of its earnings back to the communities and areas that breathed life into its products.” If you want to know more you can read the story of the company and their mission on their website or watch the video below.
It is really awesome to have a chance to showcase these shoes on our website and to try them on. They are extremely comfortable and perfectly suited for the great sunny summer that’s surely ahead. On these photos you can see a pair of women’s Shadow High Top combined with Gatta Riyo black leggings that have a subtle yet playful texture and a simple cut blue dress whose minimal approach helps create focus around the shoes’ explosion of color. The men’s pair are Blackbird Low Top and fit perfectly with a pair of basic blue jeans or, now that summer’s approaching, maybe some navy blue or dark green shorts.
The stitchings on the shoes are sturdy and durable and the fabric is light and well cut. The shape of the shoes seems perfectly suited to accommodate our narrow built feet but should easily fit larger feet soles as well so they are an awesome buy and should be a very welcomed addition to your wardrobe.