Some of you might have gained the impression that I’m completely into clean and stark minimalist style. Well, not completely. Stella McCartney or Céline from top to toe is not what I am striving for style-wise, even though I think the style is tremendously stunning and inspirational. I adore the effortless, unfussy, unadorned and powerfully understated aspects of minimalist style. But on the contrary, my Balenciaga motorcycle bag isn’t exactly the epitome of minimalist style. My Isabel Marant boots in taupe don’t slither into the understated category – my sister refers to them as “western/cowboy boots”. But the way I choose to combine those items makes a simple and modest aesthetic. I love the way my Balenciaga edges my simple outfits, and my Isabel Marant boots make my outfits slightly unpredictable.
Frankly, I do have a love for some flamboyant garments. For instance, I’ve always wanted this leopard coat from A.P.C. ever since I saw the photo of Valentine Fillol-Cordier wearing it as if it’s a classic black coat. I think it’s from 2007 or 2008. Leopard prints can easily be associated with tackiness, but I believe leopard print clothing can be worn in an unfussy and understand way if it’s done right. I utterly regret that I didn’t purchase the coat when I spotted it in the A.P.C. store in Paris a couple of years back. Oh well, when I finally settle for a garment, it’s no longer available. Story of my life.