"Create the things you wished existed" is a quote that 19-year old fashion blogger Autumn Dalton of Threads and Such lives life by. Studying media journalism & film and graphic design, she had the jarring opportunity to intern for founder of Musings of Krav, Maricia Josephs. She described to us the central theme of her blog, minimalism, and how bearing multiple sclerosis has affected her creatively, and her vision of what she wants to see more of in the field of journalism and fashion.
When did you realize you were interested in fashion?
I wanted to be a fashion designer in seventh grade, but then realized I could not draw clothes. So that was not an option. But I always knew I wanted to do something in fashion. I thought about fashion merchandising but that might not get me a job, so I looked up majors to study in if you’re interested in fashion, and during senior year of high school, journalism came up. I thought, well, I could write. That’s fun. I could be a fashion journalist.
When did you start your blog? And what initiated you to get into fashion the fashion sense? Or is your blog not just fashion but more focused on minimalism as a whole?
It’s actually a whole bunch of stuff. I started my blog March of 2015 and I didn’t debut my blog until May of 2015. When I first started, I wanted it to be centered around fashion with a hint of beauty, but then I realized I wanted it to be mostly fashion based, revolving around the concept of minimalism.
What exactly is minimalism?
Minimalism is a lifestyle where you're purging things you don’t need, not keeping things that you don’t use. It’s reflecting on what you have and being thankful for the things that do you have, while getting rid of the things you don’t need.
Are there certain rules you learned while studying minimalism? Do you follow them?
A lot of people who practice minimalism feel like you have to get rid of everything and keep a capsule closet, which is where you keep a few items and you switch them out. People have like 12 items in their closet and that’s it. That's never going to be me, but a lot of people feel like it’s the only way to do it. It’s not; it’s just not living excessively.
Did anything or anyone inspire you to run your blog, "Threads & Such," and contribute to your style of blogging?
The most I've learned so far is from my mentor, Maricia Josephs, creator of the website Musings of Krav, who I’ve never met before. She’s from Atlanta. My friend told me about her, saying she interned at Nylon, which is my dream: one of my top 10 goals in life. I reached out to her and interned there from September to December as her fashion beauty contributor for her website. I was put on a special assignment during Howard's homecoming, interviewing people who were dressed fashionably, and it was so hard because it was pouring down raining, no one was dressed nice because of the rain, my phone died; it was just the worst. But I still turned in the article and she was actually like, “Wow, this is great, especially from what you had to work with.”. I was in shock, and that’s when I realized she has confidence in me. We’ve never talked before so it clicked that it’s crazy to have someone who has so much faith in you or put so much work into you. She plays a big part in what I do, so a big part of my blog is learning from her, about learning how to balance keeping my blog organic while still posting what my audience wants.
What’s your favorite part about running your own blog?
Just the fact that people actually read my blog, granted it’s like 12 views a week; but that still means so much to me. People actually go and visit my blog even when I’m not posting yet. For example, I said I was going to post last week and I didn’t, but ya know: that’s another story. It just seems like people are actually interested in it. People I don’t know are telling me, “Wow, this is a great article.” They don’t have to say that to me. They don’t even know me. It’s overwhelming, almost, and I just can’t believe it.
I saw that you did some posts about fashion shows. Would you say you have a favorite brand or favorite show that you’ve seen?
I could talk about this forever, oh god. Okay, so I’m going to go off topic a little bit. So I’m starting to not shop at fast fashion stores such as Forever 21, H&M, etc. Most of those retailers have factories that are not up to code. They have fire hazards. I used to love ZARA but they stole a small artist's work. The artist took them to court but the court basically said they couldn’t do anything. So I'm trying to shop more ethically, but it’s hard to afford that so I thrift shop a lot. My favorite brand— I would say I don’t even have favorite small brands— I would say luxury fashion; that’s what I love to look at. I love Chanel, of course. I love Hermes, Miu Miu; I just love purses. They are a big deal to me.
Is it correct to say you analyze fashion in the fashion world?
Yeah, totally. Say that you see one person wearing an over sized t-shirt, while another person will cut the t-shirt into a crop top and fold up the sleeves. I think that says a lot about a personality. I’m just getting into that— cutting my jeans and slicing up all my clothes. What somebody wears is definitely a reflection of them, and not in a negative way. I like to wear what shows my personality, especially with the black, white, grey, and nudes— those are my colors. But I just love seeing people who love wearing structured clothing and lots of layers. I really like analyzing outfits like that.
When analyzing, how do you go about watching fashion shows and then writing about them?
I think it’s a combination of the questions, “Do I like this?” and, “Is this a good piece?” It could be a good piece but I may not like it. Does it look cheap? Does it flow nicely? Does it fit the model? Things like that. When I watch fashion shows, I like to look at the pictures too because it’s easier to see the movement of the garments, even without watching the video.
What is the ultimate goal you have for your blog?
I definitely want to show people that black people can be represented in journalism and fashion. In both of those fields, you rarely see black people. Through fashion journalism and minimalism, I want to offer exposure of black people who focus on that lifestyle. The quote that I live by is, “Create the things you wish existed.” I created my blog because I wish it existed. I focus on minimalism to show that black women are interested in that as well.
Do you want to build your own brand?
With my blog, I'm trying to build my own brand. I still don’t know where I want to go with that, but I want people to know when they see Threads and Such, that that’s me. And I want them to be inspired, not just by me being me, but by realizing I’m the representation piece of it.
How has your recent diagnosis of multiple sclerosis affected you creatively, or just overall in your life?
It was a really interesting month for me. I couldn't do my hair. I couldn't do my make up. My mom had to help me bathe. My body was tingling and numb from the neck down and I just could not feel anything. The thing about my MS is that it’s called relapsing and remitting, so it comes back. Thankfully I haven't had symptoms since April, but it really puts fear in me. I realized that I had to get up and start blogging. I’m like, "What if i have another relapse and I can’t get a job because it's hard to explain to someone that I'm sick?" I stopped writing on my blog for four months straight and I felt worthless, almost, but luckily I snapped out of it, got myself together, and said that that lifestyle just wasn't going to work. I finally accepted that MS was just apart of me and my blog, and I have to make it work. It really has me wanting to think positively. I got my MRI and the doctors said my spots are shrinking. Hearing that the drugs were working lifted my spirits so much. After I got out of that slump, I realized I can't let anything limit me.
And lastly, what does art mean to you?
Art is the way people express themselves, no matter the medium. You can understand so much about the artist simply through the stroke of a brush, the emphasis of a word, or the stitch through a fabric. Of course, the art that resonates with me the most is through words and clothes. I can really appreciate the amount of work a writer puts into an article or a designer puts into a collection. Art means so much to me because it’s what currently fuels my career and will eventually fuel my professional career. It has always been extremely important to me, but means even more now that it will officially be apart of my life for many years to come.
Autumns Blog: Threadsandsuch.com