Name: Hailey D.
Major: Business with a concentration in finance
Hometown: Santa Barbara, California
She found her dress at a booth in London’s Camden neighborhood. She has loved Vincent van Gogh since her second grade class painted their version of “The Starry Night.”
What developed your interest in business? I don’t know if I really like it, but I guess it applies to everything. I really want to manage a music venue, so it applies to that .
Were there music venues growing up that stick out to you? My parents just moved to London, so I spent six weeks there last summer. There’s this venue by our house called the Roundhouse. It’s this really crazy venue, and on the outside, it says “Electrifying,” like “the Most Electrifying Experience.” I’ve never been to a concert there, but my parents went and said it’s amazing. I’ve always wanted to go back, and then I went to a bunch of small gigs and got really into music over the summer.
Is there a band that stuck out who you saw? Glass Animals. I got a little preview session before their album came out. They didn’t play. They just played a recording of the album, and then they answered questions. That was really cool.
She sports a trendy Herschel backpack.
What would you want to have in a music venue you managed? I went to this really cool chapel over spring break. I went back to visit my parents, and this chapel had been turned into a music venue. I really like the stained glass and the big windows. I like that aspect, but I also like a community feel. I want it to be personal. I don’t want it to be impersonal and a huge mosh pit orgy. I want it to be a mosh pit orgy that’s personal.
How would you describe your personal style? I have no idea. I just really like dresses and really eccentric patterns. I guess I get to graduate and start to be somebody new. So I’m trying to move towards something more personal.
How do you think your style will change when you graduate? I think I’ll try to be more clean cut if I’m in a professional space, but I love sneakers and Vans.
She found her Dr. Martens brand new on the university’s Free and For Sale Facebook page.
Do you have any style icons? I’ve always wanted to dress like Effy Stonem from “Skins,” but I’ve never known how to dress like her. So I thought, “I’m just going to go do my own thing.”
Are you attracted to British fashion and culture? I just really like a European lifestyle. Everything is more minimal. You go to the grocery store and everything is small, and you can get small bags of flour. But then they care about what they look like outside. Not in a superficial way, but in a presentable way.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Hopefully not in the U.S. I’d love to become fluent in Spanish. None of my life goals align, but that’s just where I’m at.
Her mother knitted her cozy sweater, and her elephant necklace was a birthday gift.
Are you nervous to be graduating or excited for what’s ahead? Both.
Does the warmer weather affect your style? Yes. I love, love, love dresses. So I have another van Gogh dress actually from the same place. It’s blue also, but has white flowers, and it’s teal. I wear a lot of dresses when it gets warm.
Do you think you have been influenced by Oregon style? I think so a bit. I have this sweater that my mom made me, and it’s just huge and feels like a blanket when I’m wearing it. It’s sloppy, but I still think it’s cute. I kind of look like a bag. Someone told me I should go in a freezer today, and I said, “I’m full of my mom’s love.”
As you are so far from your parents, does wearing the clothes your mom made make you feel comfortable? Well, I don’t care about being that far away from them necessarily, but she’s just good at knitting. So it’s fun to watch what she can make. She made this [sweater] a long time ago when she was still figuring out how to knit better, and she now makes really amazing things. I have this bright red scarf that she made me that’s really long and fun to wrap around a bunch of times.
Words and photos by Hannah Steinkopf-Frank, @HSteinkopfFrank