PICTURE: #9 IN TWELVE ACTS
SPECIAL GUEST INTERVIEW:
VOON CHEW TALKS ABOUT HIS 9th OUTFIT
What items did you use to compose this particular outfit?
Scala fedora with feathers and variegated stripes
Michael Kors double-breasted suit
French green striped woven dress shirt
Ermenegildo Zegna knit-tie
Ralph Lauren socks
Prada Milano shoes
Vintage wicker briefcase
How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an outfit?
Perhaps I was drawing inspiration from the musical, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. I thought Danielle Radcliffe was absolutely earnest, enthusiastic and charming in his portrayal of the lead role. Can I sneak backstage of the Hirschfeld Theatre in this getup and pretend to be a replacement dancer?
Did you compose this outfit spontaneously or was it planned ahead of time?
I was amazed that this luxurious double-breasted Michael Kors suit fits like a glove especially first gauging it on a hanger and not feeling too hopeful. Rule number one in suit shopping, if you find a suit off the rack that fits on the first try without any alterations, pounce on it! Again this outfit was totally spontaneous. I have conversations in my head all the time about the relationships I form with the clothing items. Will they marry well? Or will it be a disastrous union. I wasn’t sure if the fedora and suit was too matchy-matchy with the suit color at first…but once I added the tie it made perfect sense.
In a scale of 1 to 10, how pleased are you with this composition/outfit?
I really like this fresh look, but a lot of credit has to go to Ike for his ability to showcase this ensemble by utilizing such great light and composition. The unique coloring and button detail of the suit would have been lost otherwise. I may have the hem of the pants taken out just a smidge.
What roles do color, the fit, and integrity of fabric play in this particular outfit?
Michael Kors picks the most luxe fabrics. The material on this suit is quite remarkable. It has a shantung-like sheen/touch but it is actually a wool and rayon blend that looks and feels expensive. The gold/rust coloring (?) can be very tricky on my olive skin-tone, so it is crucial to have punches of richer hues like maroon (on the tie) and a green/white striped shirt to show contrast.
Mr. Kors’ designs are the embodiment of elegance, effortlessness, glamour and sexy chic. It was very moving and thrilling to hear him speak at the “live” window at Bergdorf Goodman during Fashion Night Out last year too. I hope he stays on to be a judge on Project Runway forever, as he really is feisty, funny and brilliant in his critique.
How soon would you repeat/wear this same outfit again?
I can picture myself wearing this to a dressy summer wedding reception, high-tea or to a dance. It is made of lightweight wool so it can be worn all year long. Another plus.
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?
To quote actor/comedian George Gobel, “Did you ever get the feeling that the world was a tuxedo and you were a pair of brown shoes?”.
Well I certainly don’t feel like a pair of brown shoes in this look. Quite contrary, I feel like the world is my oyster in this look. I will however need a fancier looking briefcase. But for now, I thought it befitting and humorous to showcase a wicker suitcase to reflect the tougher economic times.