There’s a new silhouette in town. Lauren walks into a room; my eye goes immediately to her.
Her pants are loose, sits high, high on the waist. The shoulders have structure, at times exaggerated with a jacket perched. On more casual days, she’s not afraid to throw on an old-t, pom-pom for earrings, and always worn with a red/dark lip.
She tells me that she is a visual person, clothes help her express. “I’m shy… I’d rather the clothes do the talking… I want people to understand something about me just by my appearance.”
I’ve not encountered this silhouette in London, nor in Asia. The last time Generation X was caught in high-waisted jeans, it was the 80s. Younger than Lauren then, my peers and I, I think we were trying to emulate, Madonna.
The millennial? She does it better.
Then there is Lizanne Brown. I saw her collection on-line and was moved by its elegant simplicity. When I put her dresses on, I can’t help but marvel-
How did such a young woman know to cut, drape, and articulate, a very confident kind of sexy?
Mini dilemma: How am I going to shoot the dress on location as I had said I would, without having body parts fall out, and more importantly, feel like myself?
Solution: Slip on a t under a slinky slip dress and juxtapose it with mannish mules.
For Sunday Brunch-Whitney Date with the good doctor, I wore, Lizanne Brown.
I felt completely like myself- insouciant, at ease.
Tam looks very New Yorker… Sung texted Dr Chan.
She thinks she dresses more European, Dr Chan replied.
Verdict: Lizanne Brown = international ease and style.
Speaking of international style, during Fashion Week, I met another millennial- Chanel Joan Elkayam. Winner of the 2016 International Fashion Designer of the Year, New York Fashion Awards, she was in town to present her SS2017 collection with 30 looks.
Currently a BA student at Central Saint Martin’s in London, Chanel’s eponymous label is centered on elegant, sophisticated and thoughtful evening wear. I think she is going to move mountains. Not only has she won a slew of awards for someone still so young, and already actively showing her work internationally, Chanel impressed me with her determination, unbridled ambition, hard work, and unfailingly polite manners.
I wish her the very best!
And if you happen to be in London this fall, and like handcrafted, locally-produced goods, Makers and Friends are popping up in Greenwich, November 1-12 at 7a Greenwich Market. Zen (young, female, in-charge) does a successful job curating something special for just about everyone. I had a meaningful time at her last pop-up, and wish I could help again.
- Dear Readers, Kindly note, this will be the 3rd of final posts for the blog. Thank you for stopping by.