Social media has given us behind the scenes access to the life and wardrobes of the new wave of people in fashion, and we find ourselves looking for style inspiration from these multi-faceted career women more than ever. That’s why we’ve teamed up with FARFETCH for a conversation about personal style with three influential women in fashion with enviable careers and wardrobes to match. From dressing for your personality and values, to key pieces on their current list of passions, discover what 2020 fashion means for women who are shaping the industry from within.
Jewelry designer and sculptor
The French-Algerian designer studied engineering and worked as a consultant in Paris before his career took a sharp turn. Feeling creatively unfulfilled, Kermiche packed up his bags and moved to London to study jewelry design at Central Saint Martins, launching his eponymous label upon graduation. The brand soon gained a loyal following, and the gorgeous jewelery and nude vases and jugs that Insta’s fame can now be seen in and at the homes of gorgeous influencers around the world including Pernille Teisbaeck and Man RepellerLeandra Medina Choen.
Catwalk images (clockwise from top): Christian Dior, Stella McCartney, Y / Project and Fendi
Your design is a woman’s celebration. Why is it such an important part of your brand?
Wearing jewelry is the most feminine statement ever because it is, on the one hand, absolutely unnecessary. Clothes and shoes have a function; jewelry is frivolous. When it came time to create my brand after spending years working in a field that wasn’t made for me, I felt liberated. It’s time to make my brand as feminine and tough as possible. Being a designer for my own label and not for someone else’s brand allows me to design at my own pace and make all the creative decisions I want when it comes to branding.
How has your personal style developed?
People say 30 and 35 are comparable, but in my case I feel like a different person and I want to dress differently. At 30, I finished Central Saint Martins and wasn’t sure what my future would be like. I’ll stay dressed to impress the opposite sex, or wear clothes fancy enough to convince myself or others that something is cool about me. This may be because I haven’t achieved what I wanted creatively, and expressed it through bold and tough clothing. As I get older, clothes have become a comfortable envelope in which I feel myself, not armor trying to prove something.
What items are always worth investing in?
Coats – we are based in London; we wear it eight months a year. I bought a Roksanda cashmere coat last year and couldn’t sleep for a few days wondering if it was a crazy idea since it was quite expensive. I don’t regret it – it looks spectacular and motivates me to work even harder, because it’s hard to return to a lower quality after having had such great work.
Editorial stylist and celebrity
This New York-based stylist, editor, and brand consultant was pre-med at a university in the Midwest US when she started an internship in fashion publications. The coveted assistant stylist position with Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert confirmed her position in the industry, and Solange went on to serve three years at the helm of Paper Magazine as Fashion Editor-at-Large. She now divides her time between editorial and celebrity style, with clients including Solange Knowles, Serena Williams and Susan Sarandon, to name but a few.
Catwalk images (clockwise from top): Jacquemus, Valentino, Miu Miu and Rejina Pyo
2020 has been a year of great change. Has your approach to fashion changed?
My conviction deepens because the stakes for those we support with our hard-earned money are more pressing. And why? Intention, intention, intention. I want the purchase to make sense environmentally and financially. I also still think dressing for fun and escape is just as important as shopping for comfort.
In what ways does your wardrobe reflect your values?
Most of them are vintage, designed by people of color, or have been in my closet for quite a while.
Describe your perfect outfit …
Something with texture and color that can be finished in one step, like a dress or jumpsuit.
What items are always worth investing in?
Jewelry, chic flats and independent designer work.
What role does fashion play in today’s world and how can it be a force for good?
There is enormous capacity, and therefore, accountability, for the entire industry to use its influence for good. We touch all sectors of humanity and consumerism: environment, racism, gender equality, entertainment. Overcoming even one of those verticals affects the other, for a more just and enjoyable life.
Complete the sentence “mode opens the door to the world …”
… an information agent. Whether we specifically use fashion for dreaming, community support or political messages, it’s a clear vocabulary that we can control.
Lainy Hedaya Hoffstein
After studying visual merchandising and store design at university, the New York-based creative launched his fashion blog Haute Inhabit in 2011 as a hobby that soon developed into a thriving career path. Influencers and fashion entrepreneurs now command a loyal following on Instagram, monetizing its platform through brand partnerships, art commissions, and most recently, personal shopping services.
Catwalk images (clockwise from top): Prada, JW Anderson, Alexander McQueen, Bottega Veneta, and Ganni.
How has your design background influenced your wardrobe?
My tailors always joke “You gave me the most complicated thing to fix”. The things I sometimes invest in are so intricate and so beautifully and intricately wrapped that they become difficult repairs… in short, when I see something and it looks hard to make, I want it.
You already have a lot of experience in the fashion industry; what’s the best tip you’ve got so far?
You really don’t need to have a lot of clothes… but it’s best to have quality clothes. I grew up with a small, edited wardrobe, then in college I thought I needed everything. Finally, with maturity, I realized that less is more and quality is the best.
Congratulations on your son’s birthday. How, if anything, has your style changed since you became a mother?
It’s become much more relaxed. Margiela’s tight leather jacket with heels doesn’t really work when it comes to toddler chasing, which involves a lot of bending and lifting, not to mention all the food stains. I have come into the flow of good, I think. I’ve never really invested in the basics of a fun day before; now that’s all i buy.
How do you support sustainable fashion?
I buy from many small brands – I actually prefer. FARFETCH is great at that because you have access to them on a global scale.
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