What inspired this outfit?
The weather (finally warm-ish enough to wear my beloved leather jacket), the music I was indulging in that day (The Talking Heads, Dirty Projectors, Amy Winehouse, and some good ol’ Red Hot Chili Peppers) and my funky grandmother’s love for Betty Boop.
Tell me about one of the items you’re wearing.
The Betty Boop shirt is Oma’s (being Dutch, it’s custom to call our grandmothers ‘Oma’). Oma dresses mostly in her favourite/signature colour, orange, and never leaves the house without the perfect arrangement of necklaces, earrings and a sparkly brooch. This shirt was a treasure I found one day in her museum-esque house. She was shocked and thrilled to see me taking Betty out for the day.
What’s the best book to read in this outfit?
Just Kids (one of my favorites) is always the book for me. A day doesn’t go by where I don’t think about one thing or another that Patti talks about in this sweet memoir about her and Robert Mapplethorpe’s beginning in NYC. She speaks so honestly about love, youth, struggle, and discovering new potential. I love the rawness when she describes the two of them creating art together, and of course the thought and time put into creating the outfits they sported on the streets of the city.
What style icon would wear this outfit?
I would definitely credit Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe’s trademark styles mashed together as inspiration for my attire. Patti’s effortless, comfy-cool style mixed with Robert’s love of trinkets and jewels that possess sentimental value come together perfectly for me. Those two combined with my love of quality over quantity in dressing (besides the number of layers that are needed to keep a southern girl comfortable in Canada) makes for an outfit that’s ready to rock a city sidewalk and feel like the comfort of home simultaneously.
Outfit Credits //
T-shirt from Oma’s closet, cashmere sweater from Saks, cashmere scarf from Bungalow, leather jacket from a flea market in Elmvale, H&M pants, Joe Fresh trouser socks, thrift store sunglasses, hat sewn by (wornette) Angela Leung), shoes by Zara from MTL Salvation Army, lizard brooch Marc by Marc Jacobs, (Mom’s) rings, necklace and silver bracelet from Mexico, (Dad’s) copper bracelet.
photography // Stephanie Chunoo