+  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/VOON CHEW: talks about his 10th outfit. #10 in twelve acts






What items did you use to compose this particular outfit?
Vintage navy plaid newsboy hat
Zara plaid jacket
Long sleeve gabardine shirt
Rare atomic print Vera scarf
1920s brown wool knickers with flannel lining and bakelite buttons (not shown)
Ralph Lauren navy burgundy long socks
Bass suede saddle shoes
Vintage English tan doctor-inspired large bag


How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an outfit?
I wore a similar looking outfit for the vintage 1930s holiday subway train ride experience last December except with a burgundy Calvin Klein dress shirt with mini starbursts and a 1920s brown vertical stripe tie. I decided to switch it up a little this time.


Did you compose this outfit spontaneously or was it planned ahead of time?
After a while, composing a Gatsby-esque outfit like this one becomes like an easy jigsaw puzzle, except the pieces keep changing.


In a scale of 1 to 10, how pleased are you with this composition/outfit?
If I could wear this type of outfit all the time I honestly would.  Not to go horse riding, or golfing or a 1920s-themed event. Just because.


What roles do color, the fit, and integrity of fabric play in this particular outfit?
Navy and browns play prominently here. I’m obsessed with this combination. It transcends to bags too—navy canvas with leather trim accents. In fact there is a Steven Alan bag on its store window that keeps calling my name. Swoon!

I love the feel of gabardine on the skin too. It’s a tightly woven fabric that is sturdy yet soft and it’s much rarer now to find clothing made from gabardine. The atomic print on the scarf seems almost out of place, but adds another layer of detail to brighten the otherwise dark hues.


How soon would you repeat/wear this same outfit again?
I would if opportunity presents itself. For the purposes of the photograph, the scarf is featured more prominently, but I would probably prefer to roll the scarf and tie it around my neck in such a way that it is almost tucked away from view.


There is perhaps a spiritual, emotional, intellectual or psychological aspect to what/how we dress. What is your personal experience in relation to this outfit?
After the vintage holiday subway train ride experience, my friend Christine Cherrone and I headed to the Tea at Three dance presented by Chartwell Booksellers featuring the Vince Giordano & His Nighthawks Band playing music of the 20s/30s in the Park Avenue Plaza Building. A picture of this outfit was featured by Bill Cunningham in the Style Section: Evening Hours coverage and printed on New Year’s Day!

What a way to start the year!

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One Response to special guest/VOON CHEW: talks about his 10th outfit. #10 in twelve acts

  1. Makaga says:

    Diggin’ the socks, Voon! The whole silhouette is great!

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