Clarisse

Jacket, Filip+Inna for Bayo; top, Uniqlo; culottes, Mosaic; shoes, Tod's.

Jacket, Filip + Inna for Bayo; top, Uniqlo; culottes, Mosaic; shoes, Tod’s.

Former lawyer turned full-time mom/artist/aspiring singer Clarisse has a thing for beautiful, investment-worthy shoes and bags. I haven’t seen such a well-curated closet full of carefully chosen accessories in a long time, that it made me wonder why she needed my services in the first place.  She has quite the collection of covetable pieces yet manages to keep an aura of quiet, understated elegance, making my job a whole lot easier and fun!

We began by editing her wardrobe, the area where she needed help the most. I cut down the contents in half (or more!), creating a pile that was growing by the minute, while convincing her to part with some garments that haven’t seen the light of day for more than a year. I was impressed with her collection of Filip + Inna pieces, the intricately sewn and designed local brand meticulously hand-embroidered and beaded by women from different indigenous groups. “I’m a big fan of prints and have an aversion to wearing black”, was her only condition. And prints I saw in all forms and sizes: floral, graphic, stripes and checks.

What remained was refreshing, friendly and quirky–much like Clarisse herself. I simply had to add a few key, basic pieces, some plain garments to complement all the prints and taught her how to put it together cohesively, while still maintaining the element of surprise that she liked injecting from time to time. We couldn’t forget the bags of course, and chose a couple to highlight with looks that gave equal billing to both the outfit and accessory. Hope you get good ideas on how to style your precious lot from this, a perfect example of having less that goes a long way.

Zara top; Filip + Inna pants; Jack Purcell leather sneakers.

Zara top; Filip + Inna pants; Jack Purcell leather sneakers.

The closet artist in her created these rustic clay figures, including one of her son Tomas. Her husband made the man unknowingly in his likeness. Drawings by Tomas lovingly framed complete the vignette.

The budding artist in her created these rustic terracotta figures, including one of her son Tomas, her husband made the man (unknowingly) in his likeness, drawings by Tomas, artfully framed complete the vignette.

Top, Marni for H&M; pants, Uniqlo; patent loafers, Repetto; Bag, Celine luggage.

Top, Marni for H&M; pants, Uniqlo; patent loafers, Repetto; Bag, Celine luggage. Look closely, the pants have tiny polka dots!

Dress,   ; shoes, Pedder Red; bag, Hermès Birkin.

Dress, vintage; shoes, Pedder Red; bag, Hermès Birkin.

Wear a playful print in the most casual way to complement the seriousness of this serious It Bag.

Wear a playful print in the most casual way to temper the seriousness of this already serious bag.

Tunic, Filip + Inna; pajama pants, Mango; sneakers, Jack Purcell; bag, Hermès Birkin.

Tunic, Filip + Inna; pajama pants, Mango; sneakers, Jack Purcell; bag, Hermès Birkin.

These lovely clay leaves are waiting to be made into a mobile, lovingly hand-made by Clarisse.

These lovely stoneware clay leaves are waiting to be made into a mobile, lovingly handmade by Clarisse.

Her son's wooden toys are left untouched on his room. It was a fort, I was told. We couldn't shoot without it!

Her son’s wooden toys are left untouched in his room. It was a fort, I was told. We couldn’t shoot without it!

Clarisse eyeing Tomas' creation with amusement.

Clarisse eyeing Tomas’ creation with amusement.

We couldn’t end the shoot without a nod to her corporate days. This shirtdress from Mosaic is the perfect transitional piece that’s both work and play appropriate.

Dress, Mosaic; belt, Uniqlo; bag, Chloé; shoes, Tod's.

Dress, Mosaic; belt, Uniqlo; bag, Chloé; shoes, Tod’s.

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