I first met NADIA CHU at the Dior Timepiece event at Holt Renfrew a few weeks ago. She was friendly, outgoing and an absolute delight to hang out with. Nadia currently works as a freelance fashion writer and is also the events editor for String Magazine. She splits her time between her yoga studio and pilates studio (boy do I feel lazy right now) and loves film, literature and good food. Ladies, meet Nadia.
Wearing…I rarely wear one designer from head to toe, but on this night, I have Betsey Johnson to thank for most of my outfit. Betsey Johnson goddess dress, gold clutch and gold Grecian sandals; Alexis Bittar gold horseshoe necklace and gold studded cuff; skinny gold bangles (I don’t know the brand but I got them from Lou Lou Luv).
My personal style is…In one word: varied. I always find this a hard question to answer. I love tailored, avant-garde pieces. Black, leather, lace and fur are me. Prints, bold jewelry, and statement shoes are also me. I’m a practical person, so I always look out the window before I put my outfit together, but other than that, I go about it very organically. Killer accessories and beautiful shoes are always present.
Most recent purchase…A very special pair of pre-owned Manolo Blahniks in mint condition. They are a black patent pointy-toed pump with a rectangular cutout that curves over the top of the foot, and a dark green strap that goes across the cutout. They are very reminiscent of the Art Deco period, and I can’t wait to wear them in the fall with skinny tailored pants and long swishy skirts.
Summer essentials…Sunblock is a must. Big Chanel sunglasses, pretty flat sandals, and a chic large brimmed sun hat for those long days in the sun.
Skincare secret…Sunblock, again. I drink lots of water and get as much sleep as I can. I also use natural soap and body lotion, which makes my skin very happy!
Weekend wardrobe…This is entirely dependent on where my weekend takes me. In the summer, it usually consists of tailored shorts, a simple tank, and lots of jewelry. Otherwise, I will usually be wearing some kind of breezy dress or my favourite navy blue Acne Jeans cinched waist skirt.
3 items to save from a fire…Only 3? Can all my furs count as 1? I’m going to cheat and say my vintage red Dior military style jacket, my top hat, my S.W.O.R.D leather jacket, my black Terra Plana knee boots with buttons up the side and exposed stitching, AND my dark green patent Chie Mihara boots.
Guilty pleasure…Chocolate. There is always some 70% dark chocolate in my house for when the urge arises.
Fave designers…Alexander McQueen, Rick Owens, Balenciaga, Phoebe Philo for Celine, and Azzedine Alaia.
Favourite local hot spots (Vancouver)…Pourhouse for their delicious food and strong, smooth cocktails. I love Guu for their lively atmosphere and tasty food that always hits the spot. I like Diamond too for the relaxed vibe and varied cocktail selection.
Most-enduring piece…This will be a toss up between my favourite jackets. I will always love and wear my black Mackage leather jacket, and my caramel S.W.O.R.D leather jacket. I feel the same about my red vintage Dior jacket.
Nicole Soon, The Style Spy