I've been sitting on these photos for a while -- obviously, since you're certainly noticing that my hair is still long here. They were taken right before the chop and then fashion month happened and I wanted my coverage to be uninterrupted, therefore I decided to save them for later. I'm excited to share them because I'm in love with the city vibe they capture. That's the beauty of shooting on the streets of New York City: there's always going to be something in the photo that is bigger than yourself, that is rivaling for the spotlight and that nearly succeeds at upstaging you.
Looking chic and effortless is at the very core of my style credo -- too much polish doesn't feel right and sloppiness just isn't in my sartorial vocabulary. Upon a recent people-watching seance (one of my favorite activities, especially in this city), I inevitably started finding associations between the dwellers passing me by, with one specific thing jumping out: a certain attitude. Whether or not they subscribe to my personal ideology of dressing-like-you-don't-care-but-secretly-you-do, New Yorkers are a mixed bag: all sorts of different dispositions roam the streets, personas and characters abound, and takes on fashion are executed in a thousand ways. The inspiration is endless.
Going back to me, though (ha), the way I approach getting dressed is very straightforward: taking simple pieces that, once paired up, come together really well as a whole. And then I try to add a little something that can elevate the entire thing, like a great shoe, a scarf, or in this case, a bright lipstick. I've worn many variations of this look: replacing the skirt with jeans, or swapping out the stilettos for a flat boot. It's easy, versatile and, I think, a prime demonstration of the effortless chic city slicker.
Photos by Ian Rusiana
Turtleneck - Polo Ralph Lauren (mens) (similar)
Skirt - Balenciaga (similar)
Boots - ShoeMint (similar)
Bag - Vintage (similar)
Lipstick - MAC Lady Danger
Sunnies - SOLO Eyewear (similar)
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