I’m a huge fan of drapery, muted tones and modern tailoring. My go-to designers for inspiration are always Helmut Lang, Ann Demeulemeester and Alexander Wang when I’m feeling in that kind of luxe-androgynous mood.
And of course, how could I forget the wonderful Rick Owens whose pieces always get my heart beating a little faster! I was at Dover Street Market the other day and came across an amazingly cut long, high-necked black dress- very similar in style to his usual designs. It just looked so beautiful in its simplicity and elegant draping. When you see clothes like this you wonder how you could ever have lusted over that Matthew Williamson maxi or Etro scarf.
That’s of course the never-ending paradox of fashion. There’s too much choice to suit the very much bipolar fashionista in all of us!
Some of my favourite Rick Owens pieces:
About the designer:
Rick Owens was born in California but resides in Paris. He’s celebrated for his avant-garde designs, often described as ‘glamour meets grunge’. He began his own label in 1994. However, it was when an image of Kate Moss shot by Corinne Day wearing one of his jackets appeared in Paris Vogue, that he began to gain notoriety. His other lines include the more affordable Rick Owens ‘Lilies’ and denim range, DRKSHDW.
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Moda Operandi‘s Yasmin Sewell leads a colourfully fashionable life. She’s been a veteran of the London fashion scene since she was just 19, after moving from Australia to England to be with her then-boyfriend, Rufus Sewell. Her remarkable journey in the industry saw her start out in retail at Browns. She then went on to launch her own boutique, Yasmin Cho, which involved the risky strategy of showcasing unknown talent. But as an astute trends forecaster, and with an eye that many people have labelled as extraordinary, the decision paid off. Some of the most current brands today: Rick Owens, Acne, and Christopher Kane, are the ones which Sewell initially championed.
‘I remember seeing Rick Owens in the back corner of some dodgy showroom in Paris in 1998. His jackets were just amazing. Now he is one of the best-selling designers in the world [...] I was surprised that seeing and spotting and getting these designers seemed so easy to me. Was no one else seeing what I was seeing? After a while I realised I must have a good eye. I had no history as a buyer. How was I supposed to know? [...] I had no rules, no boss, no one saying “look at the sales of last season.” It was just about love.’
After closing Yasmin Cho, she moved back to Sydney and worked for 6 months as a personal shopper for international clients. Then, it was back to Browns where she held the position of fashion buyer. Over time, and primarily driven by intuition and instinct, she’s forged an unusually creative path. She’s a self-confessed arbiter of the ‘portfolio career’, where work consists of fashion consulting, creative directing, forecasting, mentoring and currently, as fashion director of Moda Operandi. Prior to this, her input as Liberty’s Chief Creative Consultant saw the company achieve its largest half yearly profit in 10 years.
A few of her loves: Style icons, Coco Chanel and Katharine Hepburn. The ‘assiette verte’ at Colette, and a yummy cheeseburger at Ferdi in Paris!
Sources: yasminsewell.com, fashion.telegraph.co.uk, thevine.com.au, harpersbazaar.com
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The Model, Stylist and Chanel Ambassador, Vanessa Traina. The 27 year old is also the daughter of Danielle Steele, and muse to Joseph Altuzarra. She just also happened to be high-school classmates with Alexander Wang!
Her style mantra is to generally steer clear of anything overly fussy, and utilise black for its versatility. Get her look below:
From L to R: Draped satin-twill wrap dress, Oak. Hero wool-blend jacket, Superfine. Two-tone leather wedge sandals, Pierre Hardy. Nubuck leather and jersey dress, Rick Owens. D-Styling Bauletto Bag, Tod’s. Safa metallic leather skirt, Karl. Symetrie wool and cashmere-blend sweater, Sandro. Mandy leather cage sandals, Jimmy Choo. Contrast-sleeve silk blouse, Helmut Lang. Classic Flap Bag in Lambskin, Chanel. Fractured Heart coated earrings, Eddie Borgo. PS1 Medium leather satchel, Proenza Schouler. Silk-jersey T-shirt, Rick Owens. Striped open-knit and silk-chiffon jacket, Jay Ahr. Extreme Ripped Black Skinny Jeans, Diesel. Nadia leather sandals, Alexander Wang. Sugar asymmetric stretch-crepe dress, Helmut Lang.