+  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 2nd outfit. #2 in twelve acts






What items did you use to compose this particular outfit?
Ralph Lauren green herringbone jacket
1940s rayon scarf by Frampton
Alice + Olivia brown window pane silk pants
Kenneth Cole two-tone 1940s-inspired shoes
1920s French doctor’s bag (Parisian flea market)
Vintage newsboy hat.


How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an outfit?
I was in the mood to wear a pair of pants with a bold pattern. The Alice + Olivia pants are definitely not your everyday slacks, so it seemed like the perfect choice. In order to pull off the pants, I knew everything else had to be somewhat subtle with exception of the two-toned shoes here which echoed the pattern/colors on the pants.


Did you compose this outfit spontaneously or was it planned ahead of time?
I’ve worn the pants with the shoes before and they appeared in an Atlantic City paper coverage of the Bally’s Ode to Boardwalk Empire dance marathon. Everything else was just pieced together for the first time.


In a scale of 1 to 10, how pleased are you with this composition/outfit?
It’s terrific. Here I go on and on about the pants, when you barely even notice them once you see the complete look. Ah, perhaps I’ve succeeded in distracting you.


What roles do color, the fit, and integrity of fabric play in this particular outfit?
I love fitted military-style jackets. To find an authentic 1920s belted back jacket that fits me is like striking the lotto, but it is almost as enriching to find a later era jacket inspired by the 1920s that possess the finesse and authentic references (like the higher belted back/pleating) such as the case with this Ralph Lauren offering. Pairing the green jacket with the brown pants is not exactly groundbreaking but I’m hoping that I displayed ability in mixing patterns (herringbone and window pane pattern together)? and still make the whole look flow.


How soon would you repeat/wear this same outfit again?
I prefer to mix up the elements. I’ve worn the pants with a brick-red 1920s double-breasted jacket and the green jacket is very versatile too.


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?
The star of this look is the 1920s doctor’s bag. Just the act of unhinging the clasp to open it, the distressed leather with the slight musty odor—all link to a past that I wish I was a part of. Walking out with this amazing bag, triggers questions from passersby. Am I an archivist? A historian? Or perhaps I work at an apothecary museum. It’s fun to make pretend.

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7 Responses to special guest/VOON CHEW: talks about his 2nd outfit. #2 in twelve acts

  1. Stephanie says:

    I’m SO into green right now, I’d kill for that jacket!!

  2. Laurel says:

    Love the Ralph Lauren herringbone jacket and the daring choice of the doctor’s bag to pair with the ensemble. I can’t wait to see what other outfits you’ll come up with!

  3. Breanna says:

    I am absolutely in love with that jacket–anything that echoes belted-back is fine by me! And I’d love to see a closer-up shot of the herringbone pattern, if there is one.

  4. gretchen says:

    I love the mix of everything- the windowpane with the herringbone with the small print on the scarf and the tweed of the cap- Voon really makes it work and works it. Wonderful doctor’s bag, too- just the right size- I’d kill for that.

  5. Sean Proper says:

    Very stylin’. I love the pants, and the bag is a fantastic find!

  6. Heidi says:

    Of course I love the individual pieces…esp the jacket and pants…but what makes sets Voon apart is how freely and confidently (and successfully) he combines the elements. Well done!

  7. Amy says:

    Seriously, that bag is superb.

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