Fashion design student Vicente Guzman, 33, describes himself as an outgoing, blunt, flirtatious and easy going, with an easy but original personal style.
“I don’t dress for people. I dress for myself, but with style,” Guzman said. “Even though I am not trying to impress anyone, I’m not trying to look like a clown.”
Guzman spoke to the Telescope about his personal style, as well as his views on fashion.
How do you describe your fashion sense? European style, high
fashion European. I’ve seen that (in Southern California) people don’t like to dress up. When I moved to San Francisco, I dressed in Abercrombie & Fitch and American Eagle. One time, I went to Powell, and I felt like I wanted to hide under a rock. San Francisco made me realize my style. Most people say that my style is very fashion forward.
Where do you get your inspiration from? I get my inspiration from couture because it’s unique. I don’t like to be like anyone else. I get inspiration from the environment, not from people. I don’t like to follow a trend and try to look like a model, like an Abercrombie model.
Where do you shop? I like the Armani Exchange and GUESS retail stores because they have better fabrics, like the denim on their jeans. But I don’t have a specific store I like to shop at. I don’t limit myself. You can be wearing Givenchy, but look bad. So, it is not who you wear, but how you look.
What is your favorite piece of clothing or accessory? I like rings, watches, and socks, but I would say my socks are my favorite. Socks allow you to have fun with your style, even at church. I like to show that I am playful, even though I’m serious. I get complimented on my socks.
What makes a person stylish or fashionable? You have to see yourself as who you want to. There’s always someone’s style you’re going to follow, but you have to make it your own.
Is fashion important? Yeah, everyone is dressing up somehow. Fashion is important because it dresses you, either simple or high fashion. Who is there to say that what you’re wearing is wrong, when fashion is always changing. No one can ever tell you what you’re wearing is not fashion.