Donning an Amy Winehouse-esque look, Palomar College student Ana Ornelas-Luna wears a shiny, hot-pink bow, colorful tank top with violet, high-waisted shorts, embroidered black fishnets and high-top, studded, platforms sporting skulls.
Ornelas-Luna, 20, is majoring in fashion merchandising, and said she feels like she can express herself best through fashion and has the freedom to do that at school.
It started in eighth grade, when Ornelas-Luna said she wanted to change her style because, “It wasn’t me.”
In ninth grade, she decided to bring her style public after seeing the late singer Amy Winehouse sporting her big hair and dark, exaggerated eye make-up on television.
“I shouldn’t care what people think because I’m not the only one who comes out in public looking that way,” Ornelas-Luna said.
How do you describe your fashion style?
Ornelas-Luna describes her style as “free-spirited” and “exotic.”
She mentioned that she loves bright colors, high-waisted stuff, flats, heels, and bows.
“I don’t care what people think about me,” she said. “As long as I feel comfortable and if I think that it is perfect for me, I’ll wear it.”
She mentioned that the way she dresses also depends on where she is going or how she feels. It usually takes her two or three hours to get ready to go out.
What influences your sense of style?
Along with Winehouse, the two other people who inspired her style are Denisse Guerrero from Belanova, a mexican electro-pop band, and Melissa Marie from the Millionaires, an American electro-pop group.
Her beehive hairstyle and cat-eye make-up was inspired by Winehouse, her bright lipstick and hair accessories came from Guerrero and her extravagant dark eyelashes resembled Marie.
Her friend, Ricardo Rivera said, “When we go to fashion shows together the photographers take pictures of Annie (Ana) rather than the models.”
Ornelas-Luna added that she is often offered jobs because of her unique look.
Where do you shop?
Ornelas-Luna’s top five places are:
What fashion accessories can you not go without?
Ornelas-Luna said she can’t leave the house without make-up, especially as black eyeliner and false eyelashes. She also added that she feels naked without having a pair of earrings on.
How do you feel people perceive you?
Ornelas-Luna said that people almost always give her a weird look. She said she feels like people judge her right away based on her make-up, facial expressions and choice of wardrobe.
“When people stare at me, they actually come up to me and tell me, ‘Oh, don’t worry. I’m looking at you because I love your style.’”
Do you think fashion is important?
“Yes, it’s a way you can express yourself.”
In the future, Ornelas-Luna said she hopes to become a personal stylist for celebrities and open her very own boutique.