PICTURE #I FIVE ACTS
SPECIAL GUEST INTERVIEW: ROBIN ASHFORD MACY TALKS ABOUT HER 1ST OUTFIT
The ever ebullient, talented beauty, Robin Ashford Macy, is this month’s special guest. The founder and CEO of Vin-T Bikini, Robin’s particular sense of individualistic style is exactly what inspired and informed her to launch her bikini label. Akin to, say, a bikini-couturier, Robin’s bikinis are fashioned from vintage T-shirts she collects from rock concerts and each bikini—never mass produced—are, like couture, unique as such.
In the course of the next five days, you will experience firsthand, Robin’s stylish sense and sensibility. After all, style is a mode of autobiography.
Iké Udé /August 15th.
(PS: Robin was once featured in a single post prior to this special, thus I skipped the regular standardized questionnaire, as it were).
What items did you use to compose this particular outfit?
I love simple wrap dresses, so I picked this print from Searle that would work year round. I didn’t feel like wearing much jewelry, so I added a few bangles. Shoes by Via Spiga.
How did you find the various items that you are wearing?
I live on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, so most of my clothing comes from the city. The dress I found at Searle, shoes at Bloomingdales and the bangles at a vintage shop near St. Marks Place.
How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an outfit?
I was lazy and took the easy way out and wrapped myself up! I left my hair natural due to the humidity—quick and easy. (By the way, iké took this shot of me while I was talking to Linda from Java Girl on 66th Street).
Where do you normally shop for clothes and accessories?
Vintage and thrift stores, sample sales every so often. I love small boutiques!
How much role does money or the lack thereof play in one’s endeavor to dress very, smart or beautifully?
You don’t need a lot of money to dress smart or beautifully. You need an eye for style. Although having money to shop freely is always a VERY nice thing.
What special recommendation would give somebody who admires your style but don’t know where or how start?
You may admire someone’s style, but it may not be for you. Style is personality. I admire many different looks but it doesn’t fit my style. So, I’d suggest to someone that admires my style to try on clothing that resembles mine. Get a feel for it and don’t jump into purchasing a whole new look. Maybe purchase a few pieces and take it from there.
If one were to say, looking at your picture, “I wish can dress like ———you?”
As a result of your style, what is your impression of how you are generally perceived in public?
Sophisticated….with a chic bohemian flare…Maybe? Not sure.
And how would rather the public perceive you?
I never thought about that. I guess I don’t care what people think.
Presently, what do you think accounts for the poor appearances in how people generally dress or don’t dress?
I think there is less effort in the way people look today. I’ll focus on women for this question. From weight, hair, nails to how a women dresses has gone down hill. I was walking down 3rd Avenue in the 60’s today and noticed the lack of effort. All it takes is a little lipstick; simple dress, cute shoes and pin hair back for a nice clean look. It is hot and humid right now…work with the climate. Women make excuses and I don’t believe in excuses unless you’re sick.