I think I may be getting into fashion. I don’t know what it means to be ‘in’ or ‘out’ of fashion and I’ve never considered myself particularly stylish, but I’ve always loved clothes. And nothing makes me feel more confident than a new dress. Dusty pinks, florals and lots of lace – the more feminine the better.
London-based contemporary label Self-Portrait, founded by born and raised Malaysian designer Han Chong, creates beautiful feminine pieces with a rugged, urban-inspired edge – think leather and lace together in one gorgeous frock.
‘Most mid-price labels are based on rather minimal designs, so Self-Portrait is different in that perspective,’ Chong told Vogue in an interview when the label launched in 2013. ‘It dares to be feminine and detailed. I gather my inspiration not only from the current trends and what’s going on right now, but also from historical references and sources outside of fashion.’
The 18-piece Pre-Fall 2017 collection is so beautifully alluring, a fusion of sports edge with feminine nuances, from mini styles with intricate guipure lace panelling to skirts with metallic silver detailing. It’s feminine, yet bold and gritty. Layered and artistic. Like women, really.