A film is never really good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet. -Orson Welles
By: Dilara Tuncer | Photo Credit: Photo Boutique
Best known for activating the Miami fashion blogger community, Annie Vazquez, creator of “Fashion Bloggers Do It Better,” the first-ever and ongoing networker for the ever-growing group of local bloggers, and the Miami chic chica behind the popular and colorful style blog, The Fashion Poet, dishes on Annie Hall influences, the fashion landscape of Miami, and her favorite places that have served as her backdrop.
Many of your outfit posts are set in notable Miami locales, such as Sweat Records, Everglades National Park, Wynwood, and the Florida Keys—how does Miami’s unique landscape influence how you dress?
Miami has a major influence on my wardrobe. The weather and the energy here play a big role. I tend to use a lot of bright colors in my selections.
As illustrated in neighborhoods such as the Miami Design District and Wynwood, especially during Art Walk, one can note the intermingling between different aesthetic mediums like art and fashion. How do these mediums intersect on your blog, The Fashion Poet?
Through my blog, I fuse local artists, artwork, and musicians into my outfit posts. Sometimes, I’ll use a piece of artwork as a backdrop. Recently, I worked with artist Alexander Mijares in his studio. As far as music, I tend to use music venues as spots, or use a particular song as inspiration and then I write about it.
As a Miami Fashion Blogger, what do you hope people can take away from your fashion writing and their perceptions of the Magic City?
I want people to recognize that Miami isn’t just South Beach and that this city is so rich in culture—and I’m not talking about people, but more about the movements that are currently taking place such as music and art. Also, that this city is rich in history and there’s so much to discover on day trips.
A lot of your outfit posts are very eye-catching and even, features local homegrown Miami brands—how would you characterize the fashion here in Miami, as opposed to say, New York or L.A?
Miami’s fashion stereotype unfortunately is South Beach spandex dresses and red bottom heels, none of which I wear. If you ask anyone outside of the city, that’s the response. Yet, I wouldn’t characterize it as that: I’d say it depends on the area. You go to Wynwood; you’ll see more of a Hipster crowd, which I love.
How would you describe fashion in Miami in one word?
Your recent article on MIAfff for Miami.com features the iconic still from Breakfast at Tiffany’s, which makes me think of the roles that classic “fashion” films have on dressing today, such as Annie Hall or La Dolce Vita. What classic films have influenced you? What elements from these films do you incorporate into your day-to-day dressing?
Oooh, I loved Annie Hall! That film influenced me to wear ties and experiment with menswear.
In the past few years, there has been an influx of fashion documentaries, most notably The September Issue and Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s, which offers a glimpse into the exclusive fashion industry. What has been your favorite documentary so far and how do these films influence your perception of this giant, intersectional industry?
I’m a big fan of fashion documentaries. I loved The September Issue, Bill Cunningham New York and Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel. Vreeland was extremely inspirational to me. It made me realize the direction I want to go in the industry.