April 13, 2011

Easy Breezy Style

Via Refinery 29

Perhaps it is because I have spent the past two weeks searching for inspiration in markets and fabric shops throughout Hong Kong (more on this soon), but I find myself drawn to Jane Herman's style and position as Gap's Director of Concept. Full disclosure, I'm a bit partial to past and present Voguettes and their ideas on style (smile). I also love a girl with a great art collection. Anyone who knows me can attest that after fashion fine art is one of my greatest loves. Jane works for Gap's Global Design Team and travels the world sourcing ideas. The creative process at all levels amazes me. 

There is something refreshing about having an easy weekend style. I call this weekend style because it's too casual for my professional life. Even on weekends I need to be a bit more formal than this, but a girl can still dream. I love how Jane pairs designer pieces with her Gap pieces and manages to look laid back but elegant. The entire look is delicate and a bit gamine. It's a look that I would like to incorporate into my life. These images serve as inspiration for Lindsay K's emerging off duty look if you will. 

In addition, to the images of Jane's attire, I appreciate when a home is decorated in a way that compliments one's style. Designing a home is no different than curating a wardrobe. It's a means of expressing who you are. I like that Jane's style comes through in the way she has decorated her home. There is something meaningful in the objects that she has found on her journeys. I only wish the photographer had taken a few closet shots. (Closets and bookshelves get me every time). An organized closet is the first step in building the perfect wardrobe.

You can read the Refinery 29 article on Jane Herman here. 

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  1. I loved the story too - I like how easy going she seems, remember that vibe from her stories for Vogue too. Also, I am a total sucker for boy-meets-girl style, I dress a lot like that - love my striped tops :)
    Have you checked out closet visit.com? Some of the women there are really stylish too.

  2. Ammu- Yes, her pieces for Vogue always reflected a very easy going style. I love boy meets girl style and my striped tops. I enjoy closetvisit.com too- it's very inspirational. Jeana Sohn's photography is stunning.

  3. You should definitely write about what you're doing in Hong Kong! I'm traveling to a very similar area in China this summer and I'm very curious to know what people are wearing in terms of professional wear--particularly since I'll be there during the hottest months!

  4. 0000- Thank you for commenting! I will write more about Hong Kong in the coming days. Very exciting that you will be traveling to China. Professionally people look really pulled together and elegant. The women are impeccably dressed and very fashionable but modest, which I love. There is so much style inspiration here- I'm literally begging my street style photographer friends to come. It definitely rivals NY/Paris fashion week. It is already warm and humid, but the weather has been fluctuating in the early mornings and evenings, so layers are very important. I also find that everything- malls, metro, stores, offices is super air conditioned, so I always keep extra layers with me.

  5. Can't wait to read and see your reflections of Hong Kong! I am from Causeway bay but have lived in North America most of my life. I go CRAZY shopping when I visit there! It is the most eclectic and inspirational place for fashion. You can literally get EVERYTHING in terms of fashion for every type of budget. The consumerist aspect can be a bit too much after a certain time, but 2 weeks sounds perfect to soak up some of the excitement and flavor of Hong Kong. Look forward to your next post!

  6. Anonymous- Causeway Bay was one of my favorite sections of Hong Kong. So many cute boutiques along with my favorites like Isabel Marant. I love that your family is from there!

    There is so much fashion inspiration in Hong Kong and such diversity of styles. I think you truly see people using fashion to express themselves. It's amazing that you have markets and high end malls selling couture in such close proximity to each other. There truly is something for everyone.

    I agree, you do have to balance the consumerism and consumption. It's overwhelming and everywhere, but there is so much more to Hong Kong than shopping and dinning out. I really loved exploring the different islands, visiting temples, sailing and all of the art galleries. I found that visiting islands and gardens was a relaxing break from the bustle of the city. I am planning to do a post on my reflections- it's one of those things that I need to sit and think on for a bit.