Name: Hoda Katebi
City/Hometown: Iranian, but born and raised in Oklahoma
If student, which school and major:
The University of Chicago, Majors: International Relations and Near Eastern Languages and Civilization; Minor: Human Rights
How would you describe your personal style?
A mix of patterns that I think resembles unicorn throw-up. Although I like to play in the realm of minimalism from time to time.
What is the inspiration for your looks?
I love pop art, lively editorials, and minimalistic photography and architecture, so my looks usually ping-pong between hyper pattern clashing and minimalism. I am also heavily inspired by menswear.
Where do you like to shop, and why?
I only shop at stores that are not on my Boycott list—so those that do not heavily exploit garment workers, the environment, or support immoral causes. I love small designers and local brands (although they might not be within my student budget).
What are some of your favorite pieces in your closet?
I love my floral-and-bird bomber jacket (pictured) and my patterned button-down shirt from Iran.
What does fashion mean to you?
For me, fashion is where I can integrate my personality with my morality into a visual experience.
What do you think of UCOF’s mission and presence in the fashion industry?
Fashion is more than just the clothes, and I think UCOF knows this very well. I love that UCOF is harnessing the artistic power of art and channeling into the empowerment of youth and supporting amazing causes. That is exactly what fashion should be for.
Check out Hoda’s blog at: http://www.joojooazad.com/