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Guest Post: Style Art Week Uzbekistan 2010 (Recap)

[ 3 ] December 1, 2010 |

This is a guest post from my friend Loud Pen, who had the amazing opportunity to check out Style Art Week in Uzbekistan. I thought this was an amazing opportunity for her, especially since she has had a rough year, similar to my bad year last year. But anyway, she wrote a dope piece about

Dream BIG: How Fashion, Uzbekistan, and Gulnara Karimova Inspired Me

First off, let me say that it is an honor to be guest posting on @GangStarrgirl’s blog. I’ve been reading for awhile now and @GangStarrgirl was definitely one of the bloggers who inspired me to write better blog posts and feature only the best music. She’s a sick writer/blogger and it’s a pleasure to be collaborating with her. Now let’s get to the matter at hand.

On September 9, 2010 my life changed (again, lol). That day, I attended my first ever Fashion Blogger Conference and my first New York Fashion Week. On the way to the Involving Influence Fashion Blogger Conference, I remember riding the subway listening to Jazmine Sullivan’s song, “Dream BIG”. As I always do, I began to daydream and imagine the what-ifs. What if I go to this conference and meet some amazing people? What if I go to fashion week and see some amazing shows? What if my blog finally starts getting some serious hits? What if I start getting invited to cover other fashion weeks, especially ones outside the U.S.?

Guess what y’all? After that day, all these things came true. I met some amazing people at the IFB Conference including the owner of Style Sample, a Fashion Blogger magazine that I’ll be contributing to, the blog began to grow, and I was invited to cover Art Week in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

That’s right, you read that correctly, Uzbekistan, a democratic republic that borders Pakistan and Afghanistan in Central Asia. And no, I didn’t see any terrorists or people of “terrorist descent” to quote the Boondocks.

Actually, all I saw was inspiration in Uzbekistan. Everyone was super nice and the weather was amazing! Art Week differs from other fashion weeks because it incorporates art, tradition, modernity, and music. The event attracts a wide range of people since it also hosts well known fashion shows such as Balmain and Max Mara. Well known designers like Domenico Vacca and Igor Chapurin also showed. Furthermore, native emerging Uzbek designers showed twice, once at the Festival of National Dress and again at the General Defile by Dom Stilya. Lastly, the event featured a performance by world famous Spanish Opera singer Joes Carreras. That performance was awesome!

Additionally, Gulnara Karimova, the creator of Art Week and the President of the Fund Forum the sponsoring organization of inspired me as well. Simply put, Gulnara is fabulous. She’s like the Jackie O or Audrey Hepburn of Uzbekistan. Seriously, Gulnara has so much class and style. She’s definitely a modern day icon. She has been able to create an artistic, fashionable, cultural event that brings awareness to her country, the Uzbek people, and their arts and culture.

Gulnara Karimova

Uzbekistan is often viewed obscurely or not at all in the “West” and Gulnara is the force behind such an awesome event. And honestly, it was Jacqueline Kennedy who made it popular to be a fashion-forward first lady, and Audrey Hepburn who made a boyish figure fashionable in Hollywood, so it’s only fair that Gulnara Karimova should make Art Week in Tashkent, Uzbekistan one of the must-see fashion events of the year.

In essence, Fashion, Uzbekistan, and Gulnara Karimova have inspired me. Through these entities, I have seen that anything is possible and you can achieve anything you put your mind to. Fashion has shown me the beautiful, the ridiculous, and the ugly at the fashion shows, the after parties, and on the runways. Nevertheless, I see its potential and what it can be and so I continue on as a fashion blogger. Uzbekistan showed me a culture I never knew, and Gulnara Karimova, creator of Art Week showed me how to successfully incorporate art, design, and culture in fashion. So I’m here say, anything is possible, if you simply dream big.

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  1. LoudPen says:

    Thanks for posting this Starr! I have had a rough year. Hopefully, things will get better and smoother in 2011. I’m trying to move on and up!

    • It will, even if it takes a while. I’m finally rebounding a little but I still have a ways to go. However, I can at least say that even thought I’m no where near where I want to be financially, I’m at least happier.

  2. LoudPen says:

    That’s exactly how I feel! And what I don’t understand is why my happiness had to come at the price of my financial freedom? I have been beyond happy since I got laid off and I’ve been able to do the blog full time but dammit if I’m not broke all the time. When do I get money AND happiness that’s what I want to know? That’s a blog for another day, lol. Anyways, I’m just glad we can support each other as fellow bloggers, let me know if you’re itching to write a guest post about fashion. I wouldn’t mind returning the favor.

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