Lady Tugade wearing sustainable clothing from Samuji, Kaarem, and Kowtow available at New Classics Studios (Canada). Worldwide shipping. www.newclassics.ca Lady Tugade wearing sustainable clothing from Samuji, Kaarem, and Kowtow available at New Classics Studios (Canada). Worldwide shipping. www.newclassics.ca Lady Tugade wearing sustainable clothing from Samuji, Kaarem, and Kowtow available at New Classics Studios (Canada). Worldwide shipping. www.newclassics.ca Lady Tugade wearing sustainable clothing from Samuji, Kaarem, and Kowtow available at New Classics Studios (Canada). Worldwide shipping. www.newclassics.ca  Lady Tugade wearing sustainable clothing from Samuji, Kaarem, and Kowtow available at New Classics Studios (Canada). Worldwide shipping. www.newclassics.ca

A few weeks ago, we invited student, aspiring freelance stylist, and media influencer Lady Divine Tugade into the studio to shoot for our Local Portrait feature. Considering how long we have been admiring her minimalistic Instagram account, we knew it was the perfect time to bring her in and have her play dress-up in some of her favourite transitional Spring/Summer pieces.

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NC: What's your name?
LT: Lady Divine Reyes Tugade

NC: Occupation?
LT: Student, sales associate, aspiring freelance stylist, and media influencer!

NC: Age?
LT: 18

NC: Instagram handle?
LT: @UHMLADY

NC: We all know this is a hard question, but describe your personal style?
LT: Minimalism has always been a key factor to the way I style myself. There's just something about clean, unwrinkled blank pieces that make me feel as if I can express myself more than I would ever be able to with a bunch of screen printed shirts. Although, I do like to play around with different materials/textures from time to time, as well as colors outside of my comfort zone.

NC: Where do you find inspiration?
LT: Following a plethora of stylish individuals, I'm constantly inspired to express myself in different ways while maintaining my own character. Instagram is a community that motivates me to inspire others.

NC: Any tips for posting on Instagram you'd like to share?
LT: Stay clean, stay consistent. But most importantly, do what you want.

NC: Favourite thing about living in Edmonton?
LT: The people I've met in the past year + the fact it's usually always chilly or freezing. I like it.

NC: Guilty Pleasure?
LT: I rarely buy makeup, and when I do, it's usually drugstore bought or gifted to me. Spoiling myself with useless high quality makeup is probably the best — yet worst — feeling ever. Scratch that, I can't get enough of cookies n' cream fudge!

NC: Random fact or two about you?
LT: I get this a lot, so I might as well explain myself here. I was named after Princess Lady Diana because I was born after she died. Plus we both love sapphire, and my life will probably end trying to escape the paparazzi in Paris. I also have an incurable obsession over black people. I'm sorry mom.

NC: What is the first thing that comes to mind when you read 'Sustainable Fashion'?
LT: Sustainable Fashion honestly never crossed my mind until I began following Alyssa Lau. It's crazy to think amount of clothing that gets thrown away because of poor quality or poor treatment. That alone, I think, is huge waste. Now imagine the amount of clothing that isn't being recycled and/or reused by others because they aren't in anymore or aren't donated to those who could find use for them. Fast fashion is a term used to describe cheap and affordable clothes which are the result of retailers moving catwalk designs into stores as fast as possible to respond to the latest trends. Ever since I read up about Sustainable Fashion and heard what Alyssa had to say about it, I've been telling all my friends about it trying to shed light on something that I didn't find important before, but do now. Sustainable Fashion, to me, is a concept that should be grasped and understood by everybody.

NC: How do you plan to #WearTheChange?
LT: I admit, I was guilty of using 'retail therapy' and all, as an excuse to throw my money at cashiers and cute cafe workers. Although, I look forward to investing into higher quality + timeless clothing, as well as joining the slow fashion movement. One of the few steps I'm taking to support the movement, is declining offers to promote various brands that give in to fast fashion and don't consider the effects it has. WHAT? Lady's rejecting free clothes?! Yeah, it's bittersweet. But it's worth.

DANIELA'S PICKS

SAMUJI
Bio Trousers
Sustainable and ethical Kaarem Seaweed wide leg culottes from New Classics Studios (Canada). Worldwide shipping available.
KAAREM
Culottes
KAAREM
Midi Dolman Dress
Sustainable organic cotton fair trade striped Kowtow T-shirt from New Classics Studios. We Ship worldwide from Canada.
KOWTOW
Striped Tee