Gracie Opulanza: Renegade Fashionista
We know her by her signature glasses and her inspiring interviews. She’s a self-defined style icon. Gracie Opulanza is never in vogue because she’s ahead of it. From 2012 till now she has been the female voice for menswear and the founder of MenStyleFasion.com andSportStyleFashion.com.
As Gracie Opulanza’s stylist, I had the task of getting her ready for her first ever serious photo shoot. When she asked me to style her, my first reaction was to run! Don’t get me wrong, I know Gracie Opulanza personally, and I can honestly say that she’s a very, very nice person. But I mean really, imagine trying to style someone with such a shall we say, “special” sense of fashion. Being a Style Coach myself, and having talked at length with Gracie, I can tell you that Gracie does present a very classic style personality, although in real life she’s anything but classic. In reality, Gracie acts like a lady but she thinks like a man. She invents her own fashion trend, invites you to like it, gets bored with it, then starts a new one.
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Gracie Opulanza Acts Like A Lady But She Thinks Like A Man
So having said all of this, one of my major challenges was how to maintain Gracie’s very classic style personality, while still allowing her the freedom to express her uniqueness. Basically, we had to find a way to help her strike a balance between her classic elegance and her renegade tendencies. This was no mean feat. In fact, it was a constant tug of war, but I think our photographer Daniel and I succeeded in the end. We gave both classic and renegade free reign, pulling them back only at the point where they threatened to kill each other, since it’s a constant battle between the two, who gets the most visibility.
What we did was we embraced the contradictions, actively pushing both to their absolute extremes, and all within the parameters of a dress, accessories and a camera. In the end we were able to find how to style and showcase Gracie in ways that allowed both the classic and the renegade to peacefully co-exist, in an atmosphere of fragile agreement that is so crucial to the success of the look of a person with Gracie’s sort of unusual profile.
So, faithful readers, as she wraps up her first ever well planned photo shoot, I have the distinct pleasure and task of introducing to you, the impulsive and innovative, Gracie Opulanza – fashion journalist, trend rebel, epitome of feminine elegance, and renegade fashionista – all in one person.
- Photographer – Daniel van den Eerenbeemt
- Hair & Make Up – CEFEL School of Students