I would like to introduce you to one of my best friends: Shreya. She is an international student from Africa, but has adopted the American life quite seamlessly. Her ease comes from her vast traveling of the world, and it definitely gives her an edge. She has a style that is very effortless and very cool– in a Kate Moss way. I love her combinations of hard and soft and masculine and feminine. She is fearless and confident, and always looks comfortably put together. We took a trip to my hometown, New Orleans, to enjoy the beautiful spring weather together, and the city was basking in her ensembles.
1. Describe your style in three words.
Bold, trendy and chic.
2. Has your traveling influenced your approach to fashion?
Absolutely, I think different cultures and places have influenced the evolution of my style.
3. What’s currently your personal fashion trend?
Boho chic inspired by Coachella.
4. You wear jewelry often, what jewelry do wear every day?
Earrings and bracelets.
5. I’m guessing that you love sunglasses, right?
Yes, especially colorful ones and the ones in different shapes– especially for the summertime.
6. Where do you like to shop?
Nasty Gal, Free People and a few Australian stores.
7. Do you have a signature look?
No, not yet. I’m still intrigued with a lot of different looks, so I can’t stick to one for now.
8. Do you have a fashion muse?
Rihanna and Kylie Jenner.
7. If you were a fashion brand, which would you be?
10. What does fashion mean to you?
Freedom of expression because I’m not good with verbalizing what I want to say sometimes.
A colorful look for me that has been a feature ensemble every winter in NY. That Express sweater always receives the compliments that it deserves. But hopefully, I can retire it now. Come on, spring!
Being a college student, I pray for luxury designers to collaborate with accessible fashion retailers like H&M and Zara. The fashion gods must be rewarding me for adding color this winter to my neutral wardrobe because the upcoming fall is a dream come true. Christophe Lemaire (my favorite designer) and Sarah-Linh Tran of Lemaire are teaming up with Uniqlo to launch a men’s and women’s fall 2015 collection. This will be an easy and harmonious fit that will deliver “creative, comfortable everyday garments.” Quality and creativity is in the nature of both brands, so the Parisian and Japanese aesthetics will blend seamlessly.
Sarah Linh Tran and Christophe Lemaire.
“We have always dreamt of working with UNIQLO. UNIQLO designs quality garments for everyday life, for everyone. This is also our approach to fashion, and the philosophy of Lemaire.” – Christophe Lemaire and Sarah-Linh Tran
As we wait for the release, browse the Lemaire Fall 2015 women’s and men’s collection and fathom the luxe possibilities. Hoping these looks will serve as inspiration:
A great way to start my Saturday morning was entering the dim-lighted exhibit “Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe” at the Brooklyn Museum. After watching a preview of the display on the museum website, I had to visit this attraction, which is sponsored by Nordstrom.
Heels are a mesmerizing accessory– there’s an inexplicable draw I have had towards them since reading my first Vogue magazine at about the age of 10. Reading the informational labels accompanying each piece of art, I discovered heels have an artistic expression that is quite serious. These fashion statements became so much more than what meets the eye. For a refreshing view of heels, I strongly encourage those who are able to visit the museum to experience a rich and varied history of an instrument of power (exhibit ends March 15th!).
Designers and design houses represented in Killer Heels include Manolo Blahnik, Chanel, Salvatore Ferragamo, Christian Louboutin, Alexander McQueen, Prada, Elsa Schiaparelli, and Vivienne Westwood. Here are a few of my favorite stunners:
“Rococo” heel botties, Chanel Spring Haute Couture 2010
“Mother of Pearl” wedges, Shoise 2013
“Printz” platform pumps, Christian Louboutin Spring 2013
To learn more about the exhibit and to watch the video, click here: Brooklyn Museum of Art.
A couple of weeks ago, I was enjoying the first day of the autumnal season in the gardens on campus, and I spotted these international ladies from China chatting amongst the vibrant scenery.
It was refreshing to see students not wearing athletic wear and sweatpants. They were chic, elegant, and comfortable. They inspired me to write a little encouraging article for the college newspaper about discovering your style. Such great fall ensembles, right?