Sometimes there are ideas, constellations, a styling, photos, a story that you like right away or at first glance. And sometimes you can’t immediately explain how or why the feeling arises – or at least it’s that way for me. Above all, in a time when everything changes more quickly, “recognizing yourself” becomes more difficult or at least takes longer.
This only became clear to me just now. As I was arranging our photos from New York for this article. Photographed just a few weeks ago by the fantastic Vera Comploj around Canal Street in New York. My personal working title was something like “The 70s meet the 90s.” I wore almost all of my favorite pieces in places that are a bit run down and nostalgically remind me of past glory and glamor.
In between, I secretly left my home office due to illness with a doctor’s excuse to watch the fourth (!!!) season of “Nashville” in very small doses (I have the last three, which I almost swallowed during fashion week race, thanks to the fabulous Lisa Feldmann.) And much of it could cause your eyes glaze over. Vera Complojs aforementioned photos are my interpretation of Nashville. A place that I’ve never been, but always wanted to go. And now even more, because I have this magnificent series, with such wonderful music and a few surprising characters, with their very individual touching spells. It has quite unconsciously influenced my view of things. On the other hand, I find the idea reassuring that probably neither Juliette Barnes nor Scarlett O’Connor would find my look to be any good.
What’s actually missing in this picture is Johnny Depp, because the look is so very inspired by the great Kate Moss, who, in the 90s, wore almost only black silk midi skirts. Mine is from Ellery and I usually wear it with a long sleeve shirt from Ganni and topped with the silk lingere shirt from Rag & Bone with my beloved 70s clogs from Gucci.
The dark, unwashed denim dungarees by Citizens of Humanity have particularly inspired me, because it’s chic and doesn’t look like a sandbox. That’s why I combine it totally clean with a short sleeve turtleneck from Mads Nørgaard and my favorite “Elvis” booties from Roger Vivier. The Frans bag, also from Roger Vivier, is a nice break and brings the 70s back into the game.
After the lace, ruched stand-up collared blouses from Altuzarra, I’m almost addicted. That’s why I plan to wear them all winter under my thin sweaters. But before it gets that cold, I’ll preferably combine the fine piece with a slightly flared chino pant from Doyle Mueser, stolen from my friend’s closet, and the fantastic, super small cut 70s leather jacket in maroon from Acne Studios. To compensate for all that retro I’ll combine it with the Leo Christys from Aquazzura.