Shaira Luna is known for her dreamy, nostalgic photographs, but it belies another skill: thrift shopping. In L’Officiel Manila‘s April 2016 issue, the At East Jed Root talent explains how she styles her own shoots with thrifted dresses from Acne and Stella McCartney, a PhP5 blouse Chloé, and an open mind. Here, she speaks to L’Officiel Manila Digital Editorial Assistant Mags Ocampo about some of her best vintage scores.
What was the first vintage piece you ever bought and where? What drew you to it?
I don’t remember a single piece, however I do remember my first great haul because I even took photos of it! So many things in that particular store that day had a 70’s, Southwestern feel going on, complete with retro glasses, and the wheels in my head started turning wildly, thinking of the scenarios and kind of person I could style them in! Most of the clothes from this huge haul ended up in my story, “The Girl With Far Away Eyes.”
Where do you usually go thrift shopping? What lengths do you go to (or have you gone through) just to be able to visit a thrift shop — commute at rush hour, walk in a rainstorm, etc?
I love shopping at the ukay-ukays beside the Olivarez compound in Tagaytay because you can hop from one store to another, and they are massive! I do have to be alone and allot a whole day to shop there, otherwise my companions will just get tired waiting for me.
Just very recently, my agents brought me to what people consider the mecca of ukay-ukays here in Metro Manila, which is this four-storey building by the Anonas LRT2 Station. I wasn’t disappointed, because majority of the stores were on their final markdown, and many of the items were just P20-P50. I ended up with three very full bags of clothes that we had to carry home via train commute to avoid traffic – albeit walking across long overpasses and staircases between LRT stations. It was so worth it, though! I only spent P1100 for everything.
About how much of your wardrobe is vintage/thrifted? Give us an estimate!
90% of my wardrobe comes from thrift shopping! I can’t remember the last time I wore an outfit that was head-to -toe from retail. The few retail items I have were either bought on sale, given by the brand, or bought out of necessity and time. I currently have a couple of big, tall custom-made racks of clothes that occupy the landing of our second floor at home – not including the folded items and the clothes in cabinets and portable racks – and I’m proud to say that hardly any of clothes are store-bought pieces!
Are there any people who rock vintage frocks on the regular that inspire you? Or maybe people from past eras that you still look up to as style icons?
No one can put together vintage ensembles or rock vintage frocks as genuinely and beautifully as Florence Welch. She is the real deal. I love her and her style so much! She can dress like a sorceress one day and a total hippie on another, so it is always exciting! My style icons from past eras include Brian Jones (of the Rolling Stones), actress Lauren Bacall, and 60’s icon Anna Karina for more wearable, everyday dressing with just the right amount of cuteness and quirk.