I’d like to share the story of how I met Rachel. It was actually on the street months ago when I asked to take this streetstyle pic of her. Turns out that photo was a good indicator of her personal style and how she expresses herself through her clothing. Rachel takes alot of vintage pieces and basics and works them into an outfits that are greater than the sum of their parts. Photographing this style profile was a good reminder for me that it’s not just the individual pieces you wear but how you coordinate them that makes the difference.
How has living in New York influenced your style?
New York City has given me the balls to dress genuinely. When I was a kid, I would prance around my parent’s house in get-ups I’d never dream of wearing in public. But this city is incredibly magical and filled with such brilliant, passionate people and being here makes me feel brave, in style and in life.
How did you build up your current wardrobe to where it is?
I have to say, I don’t particularly enjoy shopping. It takes forever and trying on clothes is exhausting. I prefer to take long strolls through the city, maybe do some gallery hopping and then let pieces come to me. If I don’t set out to shop, I end up browsing anyway and find great things.
You mix in alot of vintage items , what makes a vintage item worth picking up for you?
If it makes my heart race, I’ll buy it.
You told me you about your love of hats, how did that develop?
Growing up, I stalked Bill Cunningham’s photos and lived vicariously through them. Over time, I noticed how beautiful women looked when they were wearing hats and I wanted to be like them. Now, it’s part of me. If an ensemble were a cake, the hat would be the cherry. And for some reason, baseball caps make me feel extraordinarily sexy, so I like that.
See the rest of the feature with Rachel after the jump
How do your close friends define or describe your style?
They’d say that I don’t have one style, but that I take chances. I think fashion is hilarious, and fun. Actually, the doorman of my last apartment never recognized me because I looked different from day-to-day. I think fashion should be like having multiple personalities without the emotional commitment.
Where and when did your interest in clothing begin?
It all began with my mother. We played dress up when I was young and it never really stopped. She encouraged me to be the happy little weirdo I am. From layering necklaces literally up to my neck or wearing tutu’s to family meetings (yes, we had those), she wanted me to be myself. When I moved to the city and discovered second hand clothing, my love of fashion tripled tenfold. “This Gustav Klimt ‘The Kiss’ tie is only $3.50?!” I’m in heaven.
All Photos by Rocky Li