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#TBT: How Paris Hilton Inspired Marta Goldschmied’s Rule-Breaking Style

Throwback photos stir up laughs, memories and—for denim heads—a wealth of vintage denim inspiration. This weekly column on Rivet asks individuals in the denim industry to take a look back and reminisce about a denim moment in time captured on film.

This week, Marta Goldschmied, designer, entrepreneur and the daughter of the “godfather of denim” Adriano Goldschmied, travels back in time to her 18th birthday when her rebellious tendencies were just starting to take shape.

Since then, she’s introduced her rebellious style to consumers with her own brands, including launching this week a Los Angeles pop-up store for her new label, By Marta Goldschmied.

Now, her style consists of “sophisticated grunge,” catering to the misfits of fashion. This, in addition to her boundary-pushing designs and rule-breaking attitude, earned her the title “bad girl of denim.”

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Marta Goldschmied, Creative Director, By Marta Goldschmied

This picture was taken on my 18th birthday in 2004. I moved to Los Angeles when I was 12 and grew up in Hollywood. Back then, Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie were out every night in their wild and color-coordinating outfits, so their style became a huge inspiration for my birthday outfit.

The jeans were Frankie B, super low rise—which ironically enough is a trend I really believe is coming back—matched with what I assume is a scarf and pink stilettos. Obviously, it was a bad idea to match my shoes perfectly to my top. Even now, I clearly remember having one of the most magical nights of my life and feeling so grown-up.