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special guest/ CHIU-TI JANSEN talks about her 14th OUTFIT: 14 in 15 acts

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SPECIAL GUEST INTERVIEW:
CHIU-TI JANSEN TALKS ABOUT HER 14th OUTFIT

What items did you use to compose this particular outfit?
-Victor de Souza silver-grey mini shirt dress with matching leg guards
-Vintage 1970s crystal studded black raindrop earrings
-Gianmarco Lorenzi calfskin net open-toe booties
How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an outfit?
There was nothing but elegance and freedom, with a touch of sexiness, in this outfit inspired by fencing gears. It was more challenging to find the appropriate shoes that do not steal the thunder from the structural lines created by the leggings.

 

Did you compose this outfit spontaneously or was it planned ahead of time?
When I first set eye on this ensemble at Victor’s runway show, I was already contemplating the right occasion to wear it.
“You look so beautiful!” exclaimed Tom Ford when he saw me on the red carpet of the 2014 CFDA Awards. I was covering the event for China’s SINA FASHION. By forgoing the trappings of a formal gown, I wanted to have a different silhouette that would give me the maximum freedom to move around and catch my interviewees.

On a scale of 10, how pleased are you with this composition/outfit?
10

What roles do color, the fit, and integrity of fabric play in this particular outfit?
The silver grey floral fabric with sheen conveys a sense of femininity. The shirt-dress curves up at the hips to accentuate the feminine body. The same-fabric, boots-like leg guards and create an elongated silhouette.

How soon would you repeat/wear this same outfit again?
I would like to wear it to a gala soon.

There is perhaps a spiritual, emotional, intellectual or psychological aspect to the what/how we dress. What is your personal experience in relation to this outfit? 
My Father has been one of the greatest fashion influences in my life. The Gianmarco Lorenzi booties remind me of him. When I grew up, my Father, a very stylish man himself, would buy for my sister and me boyish lace-up leather shoes at the most expensive store, at a time when all other schoolgirls were wearing girlish Mary-Jane’s. While he loved to dress up my sister and me, he also encouraged us to pursue our intellectual passions and highest education. I never received a doll when I was a kid; instead, at the age of 6, I had a complete set of Sherlock Holmes. I think because of my Father, I have never worried that wearing an ultra feminine dress would somehow overshadow my brainpower.

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