+  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 6th outfit. #6 in twelve acts






What items did you use to compose this particular outfit?
Goorin Brothers newsboy hat
1940s wool sweater with abstract mohair arrows Vintage Levi’s plaid shorts
Argyle socks
Saddle shoes
Vintage gumball machine from 1917 (as prop).


How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an outfit?
A unique sweater with distinctive accents deserve plainer accompaniments, like a pair of grey slacks or navy corduroy shorts. The composition of this outfit stemmed from a playful moment, to show the side of me that still refuses to grow up. But don’t we all want to stay young-at-heart?


Did you compose this outfit spontaneously or was it planned ahead of time?
It was somewhat spontaneous but it was Ike who cajoled me into wearing a pair of plaid shorts and the long argyle socks for great contrast. He was right, this shot with his stylish edits packs a visual punch.


In a scale of 1 to 10, how pleased are you with this composition/outfit?
Extremely fun! But people might start suspecting I have a Peter Pan complex.


What roles do color, the fit, and integrity of fabric play in this particular outfit?
It’s interesting how the abstract mohair white arrows seem to be pointing to the gumball machine like it was a main attraction.  Navy and whites definitely play a major role here and showcased in different ways. It’s hard to go wrong with the crispness of the two colors together.

How soon would you repeat/wear this same outfit again?
It will be highly unlikely that I would wear shorts on the street with the argyle socks like that, with knickers yes but otherwise it is not really my style.


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?
It’s definitely one of those moments where both the photographer and subject collaborate naturally together with a terrific and whimsical end result. Now if only Ike has the magic power to turn back time too. People get criticized as they get older of dressing too young for their age etc. (or vice-versa) but you are as young as you feel, and should also dress how you feel, as long as it is not offensive or obscene.


On a side note, if you look closely on the glass of the gumball machine, there are interesting stickers with writing that includes: “WARNING: $5 reward to the arrest and conviction of any one damaging or putting slugs into this machine”, “Buy War Bonds”, “White Pennies Will Not Work” and “Remember Pearl Harbor”.


Above, detail of the famous, legendary, if precious gumball machine, firmly secured in the grip-embrace of Voon’s left hand.

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3 Responses to special guest/VOON CHEW: talks about his 6th outfit. #6 in twelve acts

  1. Makaga says:

    So good! A definite summer evening look!

  2. Johann says:

    Que caripela!!! mortall

  3. I don’t even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was good.
    I don’t know who you are but definitely you are going to a
    famous blogger if you are not already 😉 Cheers!

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