Poisoned Blackberries is the love child of all Kelsea Cadena's artistic endeavors. Cadena established the brand in 2014 while she was a senior in high school. You can purchase some of the items featured in the lookbook here and check out more of her stuff on Instagram, Twitter, & Tumblr.
Natalynne Tran is a young, twenty-something stylist who hails from Orange County, her work has been published in various publications such as Jute Magazine and Viet Beauty.
EK: What first sparked your interest in the industry?
NT: I think the industry started to grab my interest as a teenager when I first learned about Coco Chanel and the history of fashion. I was completely enamoured by her and the revolutionary ideas she introduced-- rebellion against corsets, women wearing pants, and the little black dress--she imparted in me the desire to revolutionize society through fashion and that’s when it began.
EK: What are your views on the fashion industry today?
NT: I think as I’ve gotten older, the reality of consumerism and commercial vanity began to guilt me. These days, instead of staying on top of the fashion industry’s game, I try to stay on my toes for brands that have higher ethics like American Apparel and smaller artisan brands you find on Etsy that are handmade from an up and coming designers home. In short, I dress in a way that I can celebrate myself within the industry, not dress in a way to celebrate the industry itself.
EK: How did your personal style develop over time?
NT: I always go through these phases where I either wear all black or all white, no color ever. I think this stemmed from my love for music culture and the edge that always comes with it. I’ve always had that edgy rocker look but definitely as I’ve grown up, its become more refined and I’ve thrown in touches of elegance and professionalism with my leather jacket.
EK: As a stylist, you have probably gotten a lot of advice about the industry, but what would you say to all the aspiring creatives out there?
NT: Do your research. Extensive, extensive research. There’s a difference between being a true stylist who can create a vision from scratch and someone who just knows their way around Forever 21 and Kylie Jenner’s Instagram account. Having a lot of knowledge about the industry and every crevice of fashion will make you see clothes outside of standard consumerism.