Bloggers We Love: Frolic
Frolic! founder Chelsea Fuss is not your average fashion blogger. Here, the prop stylist and floral designer lets us in on her favorite vintage designers, biggest design inspirations and why Portland is one of America's best-kept secrets (well, that was until now).
Q: What was the most interesting shoot that you've ever worked on?
A: Last year, I worked on a photo shoot inspired by vintage sewing rooms. I scavenged my mother's and my grandmother's houses for vintage spools, threads, fabrics, ribbons, etc. The shoot featured the bridal gowns of Elizabeth Dye, an amazing designer here in Portland. We created a giant inspiration board using vintage sewing bits and sketches from Elizabeth's studios. I was tickled pink with the result and I had fun with the process, which is the most important part!
Q: Now that it’s winter in Portland, what are your favorite accessories for keeping dry and still looking cute while out and about in the rainy weather?
A: I just bought a pair of frog-green wellies! I can't help but smile when I wear them.
Q: What are the advantages and disadvantages of working from Portland?
A: As you know, Portland is a gold mine of creativity! It's motivating to be in a city with all that talent! I also find the juxtaposition of urban/rural to be quite inspiring. I love the low-key nature of people and how friendly and casual everything is.
As much as people admire Portland, sometimes it's not taken too seriously and big magazines and catalogs (even local ones) still insist on sourcing their talent from larger cities like NYC and LA. I think it's too bad because lots of smaller cities are filled with fresh, undiscovered talent. At the same time, I cringe each time Portland is written up again in The New York Times! I kind of don't want Portland to be found out! It's more fun when it's a well-kept secret.
Q: Who are your favorite wedding dress designers?
A: Elizabeth Dye, Kate Towers, Vera Wang and Melissa Sweet. I am also a big fan of wearing non-wedding attire, like a white or cream bridesmaid dress (from any of the above designers). It's quite inexpensive and the designs are sweet and simple.
Q: Who are your favorite vintage-inspired designers?
A: I think everyone is vintage-inspired these days. Which I love because I grew up wearing my grandmother's clothes. I like vintage to be understated so I think Rodarte, Chloe, Cacharel, and Karen Walker are so inspiring! For real vintage clothes, I love Dear Golden, an Etsy shop with a perfectly edited selection of vintage finds. I also love Xtabay Vintage, a local Portland shop with a vintage selection to die for!!
Q: Where are some of your favorite places to go for inspiration?
A: I like traveling to new cities. Last summer I went to Stockholm and was so inspired by all the fashionable people and the beautiful architecture. I also love the countryside and find tremendous inspiration from the changing seasons. Textiles are also extremely inspiring to me. I've based entire photo shoots around a swatch of fabric.
Q: What have been some of your more unlikely sources of inspiration?
A: Once in a while, I like to flip through teenage magazines, like Teen Vogue. I think it's important to stay in tune with the younger generation because they have fresh, innovative ideas. Once I hit 30, I started to realize that I wasn't one of the young ones anymore and I needed to start paying attention to these kids!
Q: If you could style a room or set for a celeb, who would you pick and why? What setting would you create for him or her?
A: Probably Julie Delpy. She has such a great, unassuming French style. Plus, I find her to be such a great example to women today. She's feisty, independent, aware of world issues, opinionated, and full of class and talent. She's my feminist hero! I'd create a set inspired by Parisian apartments and chock full of plants, black and white stripes, and walls plastered with Polaroids.