Elena Kanagy-Loux

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You can see Elena’s Harajuku roots in her love for the complexities of “anything goes” dressing. Her bubblegum pink embellished satin Miu Miu wedges worn with sparkly socks are made aristocratic by Elena’s vintage pale silk ’20s lingerie and classic floral tights. Her (unsurprisingly) least favorite thing about fashion is leaving her dress-up fantasy world and finding out that beyond her universe, Elena’s daydreams are met with less than positive reception. It seems that the homogenous mainstream culture, whose realm of awareness seems to revolve around Paris Hilton and the Jersey Shore, is uncomfortable with someone like Elena, who is passionate about expressing her extraordinary wealth of historic references in her style. Just as an oversized ’40s bow on Elena’s head makes her happy, it makes me ecstatic to be inspired by someone else’s imagination and courage to stand alone, no matter how different they are from me. I think the saying goes, “The more you know, the more you want to know,” and the less you know, the less you can see beyond your orange tanning cream. Queen Anne dolls, Victorian mourning jewelry, fairy tales and mythology, Jean Harlow, Marlene Dietrich, religious iconography, traditional folk dress and unicorn tapestries are among Elena’s interests – what do you think Snooki’s list would be? Elena’s multifarious heritage of Amish missionary grandparents, who relocated to Tokyo after WWII, where she grew up, has helped inform her eclectic sensibility. She was educated wearing strict school uniforms, “navy blazers, white shirts with white button-up Peter Pan collars… everyone had a number sewn on… and your socks couldn’t be wrinkled.” It was on the one day off from the classroom that Elena would go to Harajuku and feel the magic in the freedom of dressing with abandon. Within the rigid structure of Japanese society, Elena ironically found a place where she felt free from oppression, Victorian bloomers, glittery socks, tassel necklaces, fuzzy rhinestone slippers and all. “There was a place for everything and everyone… it was very freeing for a kid, like myself… there was no judgment.”

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  • http://www.facebook.com/msfitz.msfitz MsFitz MsFitz

    This is incredible! Elena is such an inspiration!

  • http://www.facebook.com/alamodest À la Modest

    She is wonderful :) I really feel like there used to be more work put into clothes back in the day than how it is today.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/BayouBettie Bayou Bettie

    That’s my girl!! Yay lanee!! I love you so much!

  • http://www.facebook.com/shienlee Shien Lee

    Elena is a dear friend and amazingly talented! Also, she is as sweet as her clothing!

  • http://www.facebook.com/lterrat Lisa Terrat

    This is inspiring on such a deep level! Thank you so much :)

  • teen kitten

    Lovely music choices! But the bands are spelled Siouxsie and the Banshees, and the Cocteau Twins.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594555453 Elena Kanagy-Loux

    Aw! Thanks everyone!! What a wonderful experience it was to make this video. I am so happy to be a part of stylelikeu and look forward to see what the future brings for them!!

    P.S. @Teen Kitten – I know! Thank you ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/vanessamichellemoore Vanessa Moore

    Love her!!!Love the beautiful pink softness of her outfits, the delicate lace and vintage underwear!! Perfection! :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=733280265 Linn Wiberg

    I hope nobody bursts your bubble, ever. ‘Cause the magic of this fantasy world is just divine.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1334790366 Stephen Quick

    Beautiful, delicate, perfection!”You cant feel sad when you have a giant bow on your head”… haha so true.Love her!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1405253778 Domonique Echeverria

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE her sooo much, she is so goddamn cute and I can totally relate to how she feels about having her wardrobe full of special pieces, everyone should have a bit of magic in their wardrobe

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  • http://www.facebook.com/wpilate Wilberthe Pilate

    love the lolita vibes!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=14302420 Alley O’Shea

    Amazing. I want to have a pink tea party with Elena.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1011750128 Camille Okhio

    real life alice in wonderland. she looks like she could party in a field or a psychadelic brooklyn warehouse. love her.

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