We’re hooked on Lulu Chang’s blog “Everybody Is Ugly
.” While she bluntly declares that bad taste is democratic, she also proves that great style is too. Lulu takes a personal approach to her blog, posting compelling portraits of herself wearing Sartorialist-worthy ensembles (usually a mix of vintage finds sprinkled with designer pieces) alongside commentary on what she’s planning to purchase next, fashionistas she admires and, of course, boys.
Fueled by the popularity of her blog, she recently launched a website called Chictopia—sort of a Facebook for fashionistas—where one can join a community of other Chictopians and share style galleries, look books and shopping guides. We recently chatted with Lulu about her inspiration and personal style.
JC Report: What inspired you to start Chictopia?
Lulu Chang: My CEO Helen was inspired by the Time magazine Person of the Year “You.” Internet sites like YouTube and Myspace give people the power to make themselves stars in the music industry and the film industry. She then realized that there was one industry left, the fashion industry. Personally, I just wanted to re-dress the world!
JCR: Chictopia has a different slant than some other fashion-oriented social networking sites. Can you tell us what the development process was like?
LC: One of the great features we have on our site is the ability to search by body type, shape, style, brand, age, etc. No other style site has this ability. Most people don’t look like models, and we always had in mind a site that could offer a valuable service to real people. Real style for real people.
The development process is still going on. We are pushing out tons of new features in the upcoming weeks. Stay tuned!
JCR: Tell us about your personal style.
LC: I think it’s some kind of mix between metal head’s girlfriend and tomboy in heels. Most sites have called me “tomboy chic.” I guess I’ll take that—although I do love the occasional mini-dress and platforms.
JCR: How do you translate runway styles to reality?
LC: Mobility is the key! Most runway styles don’t consider things like “can I wear this from work to night?” Yes, this handbag is hot right now, but can it fit all my things? Another great aspect to Chictopia is that it allows you filter by occasion. You can see what actual stylish folk are wearing and decide if what they wear is right for you. It’s what magazines can’t provide.
JCR: What have you learned from other Chictopians about style?
LC: I’m really into ankle socks and sandals right now!
JCR: What’s your advice to women about creating their own personal style?
LC: Personal style is important because we can’t duct tape our resumes, iTunes playlists and hobbies to our faces. A more face-friendly option is to develop your own personal style. A common mistake is that a lot of women don’t dress for their body. Personal style should encompass ‘you’ but it should also consider your shape and size.
JCR: Where is the future of fashion going?
LC: I think we’ve hit on something big here. Magazines are great, but who knows what kind of person is telling you what’s in? They could have really bad style themselves! We are offering people a choice.
This interview was conducted by Jessica Dang.