Chrissy at the La Jolla Fashion Festival Red Carpet

Hey Chrissettes!

One of my favorite things about being a blogger is being able to attend some of the coolest events ever, this time being the prestigious La Jolla International Fashion Film Festival! Having been a long time fan of cinematic films, it made even more exciting for me.

Also known as the Cannes of the Fashion Film world, the first international Fashion Film Festival was held at both The Lot La Jolla as well as the Mandeville Auditorium and ran from July 20th-22nd.

Starting from Day One at The Lot to Day Three at the Mandeville Auditorium, it felt surreal; sometimes, I need to pinch myself every once in a good while, haha!

The red carpet was filled with legendary film directors, producers, and models. Tons of photographers were snapping away while people took photos at the red carpet – all while being dressed to the 9’s.

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This actually leads me to the first thing I learned: Prepare One Month Early

Before I actually get into the lesson, i was so nervous! Even as I was getting all my outfits together, I still felt anxious that entire time. After all, those three days marked one of the biggest events of my life, and I wanted to keep one (or three) for the books.
So back to the story, I’m normally a very careful planner. You won’t believe how many checklists and notebooks I have laying around because of this.

While it can get overwhelming, I’m glad that I was able to prepare ahead of time rather than panic days before the event, especially since I’m prone to anxiety attacks. Prepping in advance really helped calm my nerves.

For example, by the end of month one, I had already picked out what kind of outfits I wanted to wear (all ironed and everything!).

Whether you like to procrastinate every once in a while or you like to prep way too early, it’s important to keep in mind just how huge this event is. It doesn’t matter if you’re an influencer or if you’re a huge fan of award winning fashion films, how you present yourself matters.

Make it worth their while and look hella fine while you’re at it.

Below are the three outfits I wore those nights as well as alternative but affordable options.

DAY ONE

The La Jolla Fashion Film Festival: Chrissy's Day One Outfit

Blouse: Yesstyle | Skirt: My Mom’s Closet (similar here) | Mules: Yesstyle | Handbag: Also from my mom (similar here) | Belt: Thrift (similar here)

DAY TWO

The La Jolla Fashion Film Festival: Chrissy's Day Two Outfit

Jumpsuit: Thrifted (similar here) | Shoes: Charlotte Russe (similar here) | Coat: Daya by Zendaya

DAY THREE

The La Jolla Fashion Film Festival: Chrissy's Day Three Outfit

Dress: SheIn (not available; similar here) | Clutch (not visible): Thrift

Second, relax!

Do you ever get so antsy?

I do all the time I’m just putting on a brave face, haha.

But that’s just the thing: being worried about everything isn’t always a great idea.

You see, I’m the kind of person who has to plan everything out hello Miss Perfectionist, but constantly freaking out over the tiniest mishap just isn’t the way to go. Instead of obsessing, I let it go and took some pretty cool photos to immortalize my experiences while soaking as much of it as I can.

Although I did get nervous most of the time, I chose to have fun than worry all the time.

Third, watch tons of fashion films and try to familiarize their names

There is more to fashion than wearing the coolest clothing.

To me, fashion is an extension of art. Like art, it’s expressed itself in tons of ways through the fashion spreads you see in Vogue, the dresses that gracefully float on the runways, and in incredible cinematography, just to name a few.

Thanks to the internet, we have access to years of fashion past, present, and future; it’s as easy as typing fashion films on YouTube.

I can’t tell you how many times where I squealed in my seat after seeing a favorite model or recognizing who helped create these films. By getting to know who’s who, there’s a deeper appreciation for the magic they create.

Here’s some of my favorite fashion films from the festival:

TRAILER: Proclamation Punctuation – Sewra Kidane

The Selfie That Changed the World – Greg McDonald

TRAILER: Casamorati – Michelle Bizzi

Fourth, get ready to network your heart out while being yourself.

Connections make the world go round…and your career.

Let’s face it- building human networks is not only crucial to landing your next job, they can become great friends, too. As a matter of fact, that’s how I’ve met some pretty awesome people, and those friends I wouldn’t trade for the world.

So, what if you’re naturally shy or introverted?

Us introverts, we got it tough, huh? Sometimes being outside for too long can wear out our batteries, but here’s the thing: use your strengths to your advantage.

For one, I prefer talking one-on-one with a person rather than be in a huge group. Not only is it a lot more comfortable with me, I’m still able to network, the Chrissy way.
There have been times where I’ve felt pressured to act in a certain way because when people look at successful people, they tend to think they’re outgoing and the life of the party.

But everyone’s different- embrace it.

Over the years, I’ve learned to not fit the expected ‘successful person’ mold because that’s not who I am. I’m a reserved, quiet person who likes meaningful conversations than small talk, and I’ve taken pride in that because that’s what makes me, me.
That doesn’t mean I don’t make an effort to reach out to others, though. I just do it a little differently.

Whenever you go networking, do you.

Last but not least, don’t get sick.

If you’ve followed me on Instagram, i briefly documented what happened during the La Jolla Fashion Film Festival, and this included the time I got sick on Day Three, aka the day of the awards.

To make a long story short, the food I ate the day before had some pretty bad consequences.

As a result, I chose to miss out on several of the panels at Mandeville Auditorium for the sake of my well being plus, it would be no bueno to get other people sick, too.
While it did bum me out that I had to miss out, it’s still important to place yourself first when needed. There’s no harm in taking care of yourself, am I right?

Winners of the 2017 La Jolla International Fashion Film Festival

BEST PICTURE – THE MAGIC KINGDOM

BEST DIRECTOR – JOSHUA BRANDAO & NICOLAI KORNUM FOR ROBOTS (TEASER)

BEST FASHION – PEARL

BEST ACTOR – KAMY BRUDER FROM ECHOES

BEST ACTRESS – CATHERINE ROBERTS FROM PEARL

BEST ART DIRECTION – THE STORM

BEST EDITING – ELEMENTAL BEAUTY

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS – INFINITE PATH

BEST CREATIVE CONCEPT – FALLEN

BEST MUSIC – THE MONK BY THE SEA

BEST COSTUME DESIGN – CASAMORATI

BEST JEWELRY – HABANA 3AM (TRAILER)

BEST SOUND DESIGN – THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY – STATURES OF GODS 

BEST ACCESSORIES – TIMELESS BEAUTY (GUESS)

BEST NARRATION – PEARL

BEST MESSAGE – I AM WOMAN BY SOMA HELMI

BEST MAKEUP – THE REFLECTION

BEST HAIRSTYLING – CASAMORATI

What were your favorite fashion films? Leave me your thoughts below!

16 thoughts on “5 Things I Learned from the La Jolla International Fashion Film Festival”

  1. I loved this and I really related to it. I’m introverted and anxiety prone and sometimes I can stop myself progressing in life because of it. I love that you do networking ‘the chrissy way’ because there’s really no right way to do anything. We’re all different, and we’ve got to work with what we’ve got! Thanks for sharing, Leanne x

    1. I’m so glad that you love/could resonate with it! I can’t tell you how many years I’ve had to, for a lack of better words, try to be someone else I’m not. It didn’t end out well with me, and I’d end up frustrated even more. You’re so right- there’s so many ways to get to a goal, even if it’s networking! I hope you will find your ‘Leanne way’ like I found my ‘Chrissy way’. x

    1. Thank you! I try to make my posts informative as possible. 🙂 And yes, I’m feeling a lot better. I’m glad you enjoyed them- they’re so much fun! x

  2. I love all outfits you chose to wear, but my favorite is the last one. The cut of the dress is gorgeous and the fabric is so glamourous. I would have to prepare in advance like you too! I would be too nervous to pick out my outfits last minute 🙂

  3. Believe it or not, I’ve never attended any festivals. I know, I know…so sad! I would; however, give the La Jolla International Fashion Film Festival a chance. Your day 3 look is definitely my favorite. Not happy about that dress being unavailable!

    1. Haha, I can relate. I’ve never been to a music festival (not even Coachella!), but I love me a good film festival! You should! If you ever come down to San Diego around the time it starts, we can go together! Thank you, and same! I was really hoping it would still be there but was bummed out it wasn’t. 🙁 x

  4. I love the plunging neckline dress you wore on Day 3! I didn’t know La Jolla film festival was so big, looks like there were many great films and lots of celebs. Planning is def important for a large scale event like this.

    xo Sheree
    Posh Classy Mom

  5. Such an amazing event! I love film festivals, and if they are somehow related to the fashion…omg, I had to be there! Both all you looks, great choices, hun. You looked amazing!
    Thank you for the videos btw, I enjoyed watching them

    1. Right!? Fashion films are some of my favorites because of the stunning visuals, great clothing, incredible models/actors, and so much more! Thank you so much, Lana! I’m glad you enjoyed watching them too, hun. x

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