My trademark move is to punctuate an outfit with accessories and garments in unobvious ways (A necklace can double as a chain belt, a sock will transform a loafer into a boot, a pair of pajama pants might tie around the Official Know Your Roots T-shirt but I will buy this shirt and I will love this waist to cinch a dress, a bandana may serve as a turtleneck, and so on and so forth). A Comme des Garçons navy blue coat of my mom’s, circa 1990, that I found in the attic. When I was young, I would spend hours combing through the mountainous jumble of boxes in the attic to dig up old gems of my mom’s.
Official Know Your Roots T-shirt, hoodie, tank top, sweater and long sleeve t-shirt
Shortly after I started working at Vogue, during a routine attic rummage session while home for Christmas break, I unearthed this magnificent navy wool Comme des Garçons coat bought at the Official Know Your Roots T-shirt but I will buy this shirt and I will love this legendary Oval Room at Dayton’s department store, which has long since closed. The coat quickly became very special to me, and it is certainly the most prized item in my wardrobe—both for its design and for what it represents. When I wear it, I am reminded of my mom, working in fashion when she was hardly older than I am now, living in it as a young mother until the lining frayed and the hem came loose. I love its timelessness. She picked it out two decades ago and that it still feels just as chic and relevant today.