Emma Otera brings the style and coolness of Verona, Italy to the suburban streets of America. As she is living out her American dream, she shares the art of Italian fashion. Her style is always changing; from very feminine and floral, to bold and unique. Her fusion of Italian and American style makes Emma a unique style icon on campus.
When did you start to express yourself through fashion?
When I was younger I didn’t like fashion at all, but my Mom really liked fashion so she brought me out shopping and everything. So at the beginning I was wearing her clothes and now I just go and buy what I think would be cute for me.
Can you classify your style in a couple words?
I don’t know how to classify my fashion because I don’t just go into one type of shop. I buy whatever I think is my type. I like a lot of different styles. I really like Mimi Asguarry, she’s a blogger. Also Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner.
Italy is one of the most respectable countries in the fashion world, does living there effect your style?
Yeah, I think so. In Verona, where I live, I wear my mom’s clothes. She buys her clothes in our shops. She likes some good brands. In Italy, I live near Milan, the city of fashion. I mean I feel like here [in America] the people are more casual, like jeans and t-shirt or something. And in Verona, everybody has to look perfect. There’s not competition but everybody looks so nice and so perfect. People try to dress up nice and everything.
What is your go-to color palatte?
Colors, ah. I wear a lot of black and I really like the color yellow or something blue. I wear plain clothes like black or white but I like to put color in it. So maybe like a big, red sweater with black clothes or jeans.
As a fashion icon at West Ranch, what is your advice to other students that want to change their style?
It depends on the person. If you are strong enough and don’t care about other people, just do it. People usually see you at school, so if you want to dress different but you don’t feel comfortable dressing different at school then be different outside of school. Somethings I don’t feel comfortable wearing to school, so I wear them outside of school. I don’t care if other people see me because I don’t know them. You know, teenagers are mean so dress and wear what you think makes you feel comfortable and good.
How do you get inspired?
Traveling and seeing different types of people means a lot. Now I can tell my style has been changing since I’ve been here. I think that’s a big part of my style because the fashion here is different from the fashion in Verona. It’s cool cause I think my own style comes from mixing different styles I see when I am traveling.
Where is your favorite place to shop in America?
I really really like Free People. That type of like-- I don’t know how to describe it. It’s not country but kind of indie. I like those kind of shops.