If personal style is the externalization of the soul, as SLU muse Larkin Grimm believes, then Second Skin documents what unfolds when two souls are swapped. Our newest installment features two singular, demonstrative women, Meagan Fredette and Jessica Lapidos, with two antithetical senses of styles. Meagan is obsessively heartfelt about her yearning to access an elusive romanticism in her gothic ensembles that are inspired by art, literature, and feminism, while Jessica’s nonchalant love affair with flamboyance echoes her self possession and spontaneity. Meagan’s black nails, eyeliner, and Rodarte gray chiffon are a vehicle for her wanting that exports her from the banal, and Jessica’s rainbow tights, leopard-print headscarves, and baby blue eyeshadow is a profession that plucks her from the ordinary.
The two were exceptionally brave during NYFW Spring ’13 to exchange styles for a day and aid in supporting our belief that substantive style is crucial to our personal expression and to our relationship with the world. The film provides a rebuttal to the perception that style is vapid and to the notion that our most current set of fashion arbiters are able to accurately discern authenticity. The melancholy in Meagan, who has never been photographed by the “street style” photographers before, was perceptibly freaked when Jessica’s cleverly clashing bold prints turned her into a magnet for the street style photographers. Conversely, Jessica, in Meagan’s enigmatic black and lace, was far from her dazzling comfort zone, yet she still commanded photographs with her I-got-the-pose convictions. But what is perhaps most elucidating is how the girls’ experiment becomes a foil to the commodified individuality of the surrounding fashion machine
In closing, we want to say a big thank you to Meagan and Jessica. We love you both for the phenomenal flair in which you express yourselves as well as your valiant humility and willingness to share.
Lots of love,
Elisa and Lily
Meagan Fredette lives in Chicago, where she is a social service specialist and runs her blog, Latter Style.
Jessica Lapidos lives in NYC and was an editor at Fashion Indie, at the time we shot this feature. She has recently left Fashion Indie and is designing her own clothing line, Tilly & William.
Video Edited by Andrea Cruz.