A lot of my friends were upset when they found out I had first pick of the hand-dyed Cheyann Benedict Vega Dresses at Aloha Superette. I don't want to say I felt entitled to the one I chose.. but I have been wanting this dresses for years. Yes, years. So maybe I was a little more aggressive than usual when these 100% raw silk dresses came fresh out the box. I am not much of a pink person but was drawn to this particular dress. Cheyann hand dyes all of her dresses to perfection. I think that's what makes all of these dresses extra special.
Now, this dress really made me think long and hard about my personal style. I grew up on the Big Island and have a very unique perspective of fashion. I used to get made fun of a lot when I was younger because of the way I dressed [too embarrassed to admit it.. MK + A Olsen were always style inspirations for me.] I always pushed the envelope with some of my risk-taking outfits.. which isn't that hard to do on the Big Island. A lot of times I got called a hippie [which was not the look I was going for.] What's funny is that some of the most stylish looks on the runway and in fashion history could probably push that same envelope and be deemed Puna Hippie [and as a fashionista.. that isn't a good thing.] Now, growing up in Puna, you come across a lot of characters. Hippies included. I am not talking about your linen wearing, converted vegetable oil Mercedez driving, essential oil smelling, open-minded hippie. Dig a little deeper. I am talking about a land-squatting, hitch-hiking, BO smelling, non-razor using, dirty hippie.
And with this particular dress.. I think it borders those characteristics. Good or bad? Well, I think you can be the judge of that. So in the end, I think a part of have impeccable style is knowing when/where to were any particular outfit. If I wore this to an art open in New York? Chic. If I wore it to the Kalapana Night Market on Wednesday? Puna Hippie. And that isn't quite the look I am going for.. ever. So I'll avoid wearing this dress to the Kalapana Market in the future and stick to the city fashion scene.
With that being said.. I love this dress. And I will where it to death [in the right context.. of course.]
One of a Kind.