It’s true—joy can be contagious, and we certainly caught the feeling of exuberance radiating from Lyn Slater, Sugar Vendil, and Gabby Prescod on the set of our fashion-filled shoot with them earlier this month. With no shortage of dance moves and laughs, each woman came alive in front of the camera as they showcased different ways to style their favorite Spring ’17 looks. Get to know Lyn, Sugar, and Gabby below as they each share their love of fashion and show off their individual style by breaking down one fabulous designer look and styling it three ways.
Accomplished professor and social worker Lyn Slater gained a cult following in recent years by connecting with “women who lead interesting but ordinary lives” via her aptly titled blog, Accidental Icon. “From the time I was a kid, I really understood clothing to be a way of expressing your identity to the world,” Slater tells us. “Because I’m a person who is always changing and transacting with whatever culture is happening, I’ve been able to use fashion as a way to express different identities that I’ve had throughout my life.”
Slater really became engaged with fashion in the ‘80s, falling in love with designers like Yohji Yamamoto, Rei Kawakubo, and artsy Belgian designers. “They were the ones being rebellious, and I’m a very rebellious person,” she says with a twinkle in her eye. “Over the last couple of years, I’ve been attracted to Dries Van Noten because I can express my creative side through his rich designs. I am known for wearing black and white, so this printed blouse and pants were a little out of my zone. But that’s how I keep evolving my style: I don’t take massive risks, but experiment with smaller ones. This was the perfect step forward—a wonderful adventure.”
“I am so attracted to the sleeves of this blouse, especially how they came in tight around the wrists. The suede skirt I chose here really complemented the richness of the silk top, adding a new dimension. I love that I could wear this look to any meeting and still have people look at me.”
“Both white jeans and wide-legs pants are totally out of my comfort zone, yet I fell in love with this outfit. Pairing the all-white look with the black Dries vest was a way of returning home to my signature. The Margiela boots were another nod to my Belgians, and I just adore them and the element of surprise they add.”
Sugar Vendil is a pianist and multi-disciplinary artist with a passion for expressing herself creatively. “My style has changed a lot over the years and is now set in a way that has to be both functional and creative. Also, being a woman out in the world every day, what I wear needs to send a message that I’m strong. If I leave my house with confidence, it sets the tone for my day. Fashion is the first way you communicate with people.” Sugar is drawn toward repetition, volume, and layering when getting dressed.
“This Brock look is like an elevated version of my style. I love that while it’s seemingly simple, the dress has these details that make it more unconventional, like the gorgeous knife pleats and the oversized fit. The jacket felt classic at first and then really came alive when I slipped it on.”
“I’m very drawn to sheer textiles. They can stand on their own or add dimension when layered with other pieces, as I did by pairing this Opening Ceremony slip on top of the Brock dress. Layering is something I love to experiment with. I’d wear this look to the opera or a benefit.”
“This look feels sort of ‘90s and nostalgic to me. I love that the jacket balances out the exposed midriff—when styling something, I’m always considering balance. The jacket adds this layer of seriousness and elevates it—gives the youthful look a more sophisticated point of view.”
As Interview Magzines’s Fashion Market Editor, Gabby Prescod is constantly on the move, sourcing everything from denim to lingerie and often including her Snapchat followers in the fun. “My style is super-random and totally depends on my mood. Sometimes I’ll go to work in jeans and a sweater, and sometimes I’ll be wearing boots as pants with a shirt. I like to have fun with it.”
“With Demna [Gvasaliais] at Balenciaga, I love that the collection has become more accessible. It’s familiar pieces of clothing—denim skirts, leather jackets, button-down shirts—but reconsidered and constructed with an original spin. I’ve loved pencil skirts ever since my days working at CR Fashion Book, so I was immediately drawn to this skirt, especially because the denim makes it feel more casual.”
“The oversized fit and cutouts at the arms make this striped shirt special, so you can really style it with anything. I’d wear this outfit absolutely anywhere. There’s a Rihanna meme that’s like a friend saying, ‘Don’t dress up; it’ll be super-casual,’ and Rihanna is putting on a crown. That’s how I approach fashion!”
“A striped shirt and denim are so easy and comprise my go-to look. I’d wear this when traveling with sneakers, but with heels and a great bag like this furry one from Wang, it becomes playful and fun.”