Working as an event photographer for in-demand agency BFA, Angela Pham is constantly getting thrust into different situations that allow her to have fun with fashion. “In a sense, I get to play dress up every time I go to work,” she tells The Window. “Sometimes I have to be more conservative, and sometimes I can really have fun with it. The fashion brands and clients I work with tend to appreciate it when I do, which feeds into my joy of fashion.” While NYFW tends to be her most hectic week work-wise, it’s also an opportunity for Angela to showcase her unique style, which is built around bold colors and prints, a love of vintage, and dramatic silhouettes—as well as “being really comfortable.”
With that in mind, we asked Angela to lend her “joy of fashion” to the process of styling five standout looks from some of the freshest new labels at Barneys—brands that she’d love to test drive during the shows and parties surrounding NYFW. “People understand that I’m an artist and a photographer and am not trying to blend in wearing all black. I like to express myself and enjoy myself, which you can tell by these looks!”
We’re excited to see how the buzzy debut collection from Dutch designer Sander Lak translates off the runway, and NYFW is the perfect place for it to take to the streets. Angela opted for a soft column dress which she paired with sharp, yet feminine accessories.
“A deconstructed sac dress doesn’t sound sexy, but this dress totally manages to be. I love that it isn’t overt—it’s abstract and conceptual, and it feels really comfortable while still looking chic. I love wearing all white in NYC because it shows blatant disregard for all the grime and grit of the city—it’s bold. The minimalism of the dress also lends itself to fun accessories. I’m in love with the micro-bag trend right now, so I chose the Delvaux Brilliant Sellier mini-bag and the bright Stella Luna shoes with fabulous satin ankle ties.”
Parisian label Koche walks an interesting line between streetwear and couture—think well-constructed, often artfully embellished pieces styled with cool nonchalance. Angela went out of her usual comfort zone by choosing a sequined and beaded mini dress with a removable ostrich hem.
“This dress is the farthest from my usual style because I tend to go for longer hemlines and a more minimal vibe. I ended up loving it because I felt very Carrie Bradshaw running around the streets in feathers and sequins—I do love feathers! While Carrie would have paired this flirty dress with Manolos, I chose to balance out the look with a masculine brogue.”
The designers behind the Spanish-based label Masscob are experts at creating understated-yet-distinctive wardrobe essentials that walk the line between nostalgic and utterly modern. Take, for instance, this striped jacquard peasant blouse and matching pants worn by Angela.
“My outfits fall into one of two categories: fashion or function, and this one is both. A rare find! This is the perfect travel look because it’s so comfortable but so chic. I’d wear this to pick apples in the Catskills, on a flight to Europe, on a tropical island—it’s so versatile, and the fact that the pants and top match is deliberate in a way that feels really polished. I love geometric bags at the moment, so I paired it with this Nina Ricci bag, which feels really fresh and modern.”
The newly launched second act from designer Robert Rodriguez is built around relaxed tailoring and feminine subtleties. Angela puts a modern twist on this season’s ’70s nostalgia, pairing a tailored R/R Studio blouse with flared jeans.
“I like the dichotomy of this look—the very buttoned-up and conservative top with the playful, flirty denim. I love mixing things in an unexpected way. The top on its own is a cool piece because it buttons all the way up in a serious way, while the bolo tie gives it a girly feel. The patent leather ankle boots are awesome, and I’ll definitely be wearing them a lot this fall.”
Brock Collection is all about luxury items you can really live in, and its careful mix of clean lines and playful proportions in easy, high-quality fabrics certainly fit the bill. For Angela’s favorite look of the day, she chose an off-the-shoulder dress in jacquard florals.
“When I’m vintage shopping, I go strait for the puffy, embellished eveningwear section, so this dress pulled me in right away. I just love its versatility—it can easily maneuver between downtown and uptown. I see a socialite fashionista wearing it to a casual luncheon, or it would look amazing dressed up for a wedding upstate. It’s elegant and casual at the same time. Because it’s so feminine, I wanted to pair it with something sturdy, which is why I chose these great Marc Jacobs platform heels.”