May 24, 2014

Sam Lee

Sam, or Samantha Lee is a film director and a graduate student at RMIT Melbourne.  Wes Anderson, Alexa Chung, and Jenna Lyons are her inspirations, and she describes her style as organic and personal, with whatever feeling she has at the moment transcending into her work.  I decided to have Sam be the first woman I photograph in this series of style portraits because I found in her a kindred spirit.  She told me about years of her early life feeling compelled to wear what was typically expected of her, frilly dresses and skirts, and how menswear just feels right.  Like Sam, I’ve spent years of trying to conform to the expected, but as I grow older, and closer to my truth, I realize the power of clothing–how common interests in very specific styles of clothing can bring people of similar philosophies together, how people in other parts of the world can run the risk of public lashings and imprisonment for wearing things differently, how something seemingly superficial can speak volumes on what is going on inside–and I wear what I want.  When asked to describe how wearing menswear makes her feel, she quotes a line from Vampire Weekend’s Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa that goes: “Is your bed made?  Is your sweater on?  Do you wanna fuck?  Like you know I do.”

custom suit by Ziggy Savella, Acne top, Vans shoes

custom suit by Ziggy Savella, Acne top, Vans shoes

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Banana Republic jacket, Acne top, Gap pants, Converse shoes

Banana Republic jacket, Acne top, Gap pants, Converse shoes

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burgundy suit by Ziggy Savella, Topshop boots

burgundy suit by Ziggy Savella, Topshop boots

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Stradivarius jacket, Uniqlo shirt, Dr. Martens shoes

Stradivarius jacket, Uniqlo shirt, Dr. Martens shoes

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shot at EDSA Beverage Design Studio

make-up by Sari Campos

4 Comments

  • Denise Lim
    May 24th, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    Lovely!

  • Denise Lim
    May 24th, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    Beautiful!

  • Matthew Pike
    May 25th, 2014 at 3:51 am

    She’s an absolute stunning, great style with great style.

    Buckets & Spades

  • Jake A
    May 31st, 2014 at 2:17 am

    Love this look! I just started a fashion and style blog so this is very inspiring.
    - Jake
    http://www.newrhythmfashion.blogspot.com


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