Meet Gala Darling, our lovely Blogger of the Moment. With her pink hair and propensity for wearing fuchsia and black, she truly embodies what it means to have personal style. Whether you’re a blogger wannabe, a small-town girl or an established fashionista, we can all probably learn a thing or two from her. So listen up, and find out what Gala Darling has to say about all things fashion in her interview. Plus, check out her ModCloth picks and her namesake dress!
Tell us a bit about yourself: Where did you grow up and where do you live now?
I grew up in Wellington, New Zealand and now live in New York, NY! Best city in the world, for sure.
How did you get interested in fashion?
My mother owned a boutique when I was very young and so I would sit out in the back after school, reading books, eating ice cream and listening to what went on in the shop. I loved to watch her get dressed up to go out — she has incredible style. I am sure I learned a lot of what I know by osmosis! When she took me shopping as a kid, I always had very definite ideas of what I did and didn’t like, and as I became a teenager, I started to assert that even more. That was really where it all began.
How would you define your personal style?
Oh, who knows! I always find this question so hard to answer because I feel like my style is constantly evolving. At least, I hope it is! I definitely like to anchor my outfits with black (old goth habits die hard!), I really love big shoes and I am big on accessories. I can tell you what my style is NOT: T-shirts and jeans! I wish I could be one of those girls who looked amazing in a white tee and blue jeans, but it’s just not my style! I am so envious of people who can pull that off!
What is your fashion/styling rule? Any tips for getting your effortless look?
Haha, I don’t know if anyone would call my look “effortless!” I don’t have many rules, just silly things like not wearing a big statement necklace and dangly earrings at the same time. But in terms of getting the best outfits, everything comes together better if I can actually SEE all my stuff! So I try to keep my wardrobe organized (it is sorted by type of clothing), and I merchandise all my belts, accessories, etc., like you would in a store. It sounds simple but it really makes a huge difference.
How has your style changed over the years?
It’s changed radically. I guess my first major fashion statement was anything goth — combat boots, striped stockings, corsets, collars, all that guff. It took me a long time to give it all up too, and even now I totally go for anything that looks fetish-y or borderline-goth that I can work into my aesthetic! After my gothic love affair, I went in the total opposite direction: yellow T-shirts, blue silk dresses, shredded stockings and over-sized turquoise cowboy boots, etc… and somehow I got to where I am today: lots of dresses, high heels, belts, sequined Mickey Mouse-ear hats, sparkly eye make-up, false eyelashes & suspender belts.
Favorite style icon?
I’m inspired by a lot of people’s styles (Diana Vreeland, Little Edie, Marchesa Louisa Casati, etc.) but if I actually had to swap wardrobes with somebody, it would be either Mary-Kate Olsen or Carrie Bradshaw.
I have extremely awful taste in movies. I think my favorites are Bring It On, Clueless, 10 Things I Hate About You, The Addams Family and Grease. I am not ashamed!
It’s too hard to say. I am a major book nerd, like all writers, I suppose. Here are some of my favourites: Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov; Dangerous Angels by Francesca Lia Block; Fear of Flying by Erica Jong; The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles by Haruki Murakami; American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis; House Of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski; The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things by J.T. Leroy; Do You! by Russell Simmons; The Red Book by Sera Beak; Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson; Women by Charles Bukowski; Grapefruit by Yoko Ono, and all kinds of business, style, interior design, and sociology books. When I was younger, I was mad keen on Roald Dahl, Poppy Z. Brite, Spike Milligan and Sweet Valley High. Oh my. Bookshops and libraries are some of my favorite places.
What style blogs do you follow?
My Google Reader overflow-eth! Check out my links page.
What inspired you to start your own blog? Do you still have a day job, or do you blog full-time?
I was sick of working for other people doing stuff I didn’t care about. I’ve been blogging full-time since December 2006. I don’t have a day job, but I write for other publications (I’m ChinaShop Magazine’s Fashion Curator) and work on a variety of projects that keep me busy and add to my shoe fund!
Your blog is a lot more than just outfit photos. How do you get ideas about what to feature?
I really just write about whatever is inspiring me at that moment — and I don’t just stick to a few certain topics. Instead, I write for the audience I am imagining. That makes things much more interesting, I think!
Any tips for girls wanting to start their own fashion blogs?
Go for it, and don’t be afraid to be yourself. It can be the beginning of something wonderful, but if you fall in line with everyone else, you will miss out on things that would otherwise come your way!
Here are just a few of Gala Darling’s favorite pieces from ModCloth:
And here’s her namesake dress:
Want to be a Blogger of The Moment? Here’s what you need to do to be eligible:
- Feature ModCloth items in your outfit photos on your blog.
- Link to ModCloth whenever you’re wearing a ModCloth item in a photo.
- Send us an email (email@example.com) with a link to your post and don’t forget to post your pictures on the ModCloth Style Exchange!