+  Edited and photographed by Iké Udé, author of Style File. Selected as one of Vanity Fair’s 2009, 2012 and 2015 International Best Dressed Originals.  +

special guest/ CHIU-TI JANSEN talks about her 5th OUTFIT: 5 in 15 acts

CHIU_TI_5_ike_ude CHIU-TI JANSEN: “The upper bodice makes torso the center of attention. It reminds me of a Russian Futurism show that I saw at the Guggenheim Museum years ago. At that time, I was amazed by how Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural design lent itself to….”

special guest/ CHIU-TI JANSEN talks about her 4th OUTFIT: 4 in 15 acts

CHIU_TI_4_ike_ude CHIU-TI JANSEN: “The earthy colors of the autumnal leaves and high neck are not my usual go-to looks. But the blouse has a perfect peplum for a mini-skirt.”

special guest/ CHIU-TI JANSEN talks about her 3rd OUTFIT: 3 in 15 acts

CHIU_TI_3_ike_ude CHIU-TI JANSEN: “I would wear this same outfit to a summer garden party, or in the bitter winter as if I were on a tropical island.”

special guest/ CHIU-TI JANSEN talks about her 2nd OUTFIT: 2 in 15 acts

CHIU_TI_2_ike_ude CHIU-TI JANSEN: “I wore this to the New York Viennese Opera Ball in 2011. My “date” was Magic Christian, a professional magician and book author from Vienna…. whenever I am in this dress, I feel like a dove in the secret pocket of a magician—ready to disappear and take wing at the high point.”

special guest interview: CHIU-TI JANSEN talks about her 1st OUTFIT: #1 in 15 acts + with introduction

CHIU_TI_1_ike_ude CHIU-TI JANSEN: "[I am] a living specimen of the adage: IT’S NOT WHAT YOU WEAR, BUT HOW YOU WEAR IT. . . . no good designs would work without excellent fit."

elements of style #99 /SLIM KEITH: SLIM

ELEMENTS_OF_-STYLE_99 ELEMENTS OF STYLE: is specifically assembled in between special guest features as a pictorial complement to theCHIC INDEX interview. Viewing the.....

special guest/ NATHANIEL ADAMS talks about his 13th OUTFIT: 13 in 13 acts

NATTY_ADAMS_13_ike_ude NATHANIEL ADAMS: “I don’t have much of a specific personal connection to this outfit. It’s just a bit of fun.”

special guest/ NATHANIEL ADAMS talks about his 12th OUTFIT: 12 in 13 acts

NATTY_ADAMS_12_ike_ude NATHANIEL ADAMS: “This is my Oxford Don-ish Evelyn Waugh kind of suit. I love how professorly it looks, and I like that the patterns of the shirt and pocket square subvert that classicism just a little bit.”

special guest/ NATHANIEL ADAMS talks about his 11th OUTFIT: 11 in 13 acts

NATTY_ADAMS_11_ike_ude NATHANIEL ADAMS: “I think gray, green, purple, and burgundy are my best colors, and they’re all present here. I also like how playful the pattern is. It’s a thin flannel so it isn’t too warm, but that also makes it a bit delicate and…”

special guest/ NATHANIEL ADAMS talks about his 10th OUTFIT: 10 in 13 acts

NATTY_ADAMS_10_ike_ude NATHANIEL ADAMS: “The silk and wool blend of the suit gives it a lot of depth, and it looks quite different under different lights. The suit is very slim cut, as is the tie, which I think makes it look more….”