Store Publicist Gia Kuan Model Necessities

When discussing our own garments and style essentials, Coveteur employees found that their feelings could often be summed up with the phrase, “It’s literally the best… white t-shirt, jeans, drugstore, etc.” So, in our new series, aptly titled Literally the best, we ask industry insiders to unveil the style essentials they keep turning to and just can’t live without.

Gia Kuan is a well-known and respected name in the fashion industry. Running her own PR firm, she represents some of the coolest names in the business – Telfar, Luar, Kim Shui and more. Between personal and professional relationships, did we mention her husband works at Stüssy? – Kuan’s knowledge of emerging and under-the-radar design talent is both immense and enviable.

Despite her professional skills, Kuan has yet to give up her youth aesthetically — a notion clear in the piles of pearls and clashing colors you’ll find in all of her ensembles. Combine that with a nod to what she describes as her “’90s emo chrome hearts phase,” and you have an utterly intriguing collection of everything from jade hoops to corset tees to Stüssy sweatpants . Below, she gives us a glimpse into her personal style and walks us through the essentials she absolutely swears by.

Get an idea of ​​your personal style. What outfits do you wear everyday?

“Honestly, my style is changing so much. One thing that probably defines my style a bit is that no matter how old I get, there’s always a little bit of a teenager in me. I like things that are cute, that are a little funny. I now own my own business. In that sense, I feel like I’ve started dressing differently since then. Right now I’m probably channeling a kind of boss lady look where I’m a bit lazy and don’t want to think too much about what to wear before I go out.

“I’m a giant ebay buyer. I buy a lot of second hand, a lot of vintage designers. I think my wardrobe is probably a mix of vintage designers and emerging independent designers. I also collect a lot of vintage designer two piece suits on eBay. Much old Jean Paul Gaultier, old Banana Republic or Ralph Lauren. I buy them oversized and lie in them all day with a hoodie underneath. Then I top it off with a hand embroidered necklace or bracelet that looks like it was made by a 5 year old. That’s my style. I think I need something fun, cute and young to keep me going. I also wear accessories through my nails.”

What do you look for when buying a new garment or accessory?

“I’m pretty aesthetically driven. I think sustainability is put into practice, but I have to say the number 1 in my opinion is comfort or practicality. I work a lot at home. I lie down a lot. I feel like everyone is living the same life right now. You’re wearing something cute over it and you’re actually wearing pajama bottoms that no one can see.

“I look at comfort, but I also look at color. I have this problem with buying something black for my wardrobe, which is funny because I feel like when I was in college, when I was going through this Rick Owens, dark moody phase, I had so many black clothes. Well, you can’t find anything dark in my closet. I think I’m just a very dazzling person [right now]. There is a lot of emphasis on prints and textures in my closet, which I think is often something I look for, especially since I shop so much online. I think a lot of the differentiating factors in online shopping are that pop of color. (It’s quite difficult to shop black online.) It makes me happy. I’m a very influenced person by weather and colour, so I think sometimes my mood determines what I wear that day and vice versa.”

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Shop Gia’s must-haves:

corset t shirt

Weslah is a New York-based underground independent designer. He’s super talented; everything he does is truly bespoke. He specializes in those crazy corset pieces. Many of them have been adapted for either entertainers or celebrities, but last summer he released t-shirts and hoodies that have the Weslah logo on the front but still have a bit of gothic grunge. Then they have super tight corseted waists. I love a twist on a basic thing. I honestly love this piece. I wear it with everything from sweatpants to dress pants to skirts. He is a genius.”

Weslah

Adjustable streetwear ring made of 925 sterling silver

“I’m really into jewelry. It’s honestly my main form of investment because I really never take it off, not even in the shower. I have a stack of rings that I always wear. One of them is a very thin Chrome Hearts ring with small diamond embellishments. It brings me back to my ’90s emo Chrome Hearts phase, which I recently revisited.”

Chrome Hearts

Short Stack Emerald Half Band

“I went to Dover Street Market and found Suzanne Kalan. She specializes in this type of spaghetti-looking diamond rings and bangles. Probably my most expensive investment, I bought an emerald cut ring with a rose gold finish. I stack it with my others and I love it because as you know I do my nails a lot. Honestly, my hands are probably the most beautified part of my entire body, so accessorizing them is especially important to me. I love glitter so all my rings have glitter or diamonds or something on them.”

Suzanne Kalan

Men’s CDG Champion Ring

“On the other hand, I have this Comme des Garçons ring that I’ve been wearing since 2013, to be honest. I wear it for so long that when I take it off I realize my finger has a different shape underneath. It looks like the traditional schoolmaster ring but is made of sterling silver. It’s awesome, super sturdy and I’ve had it for almost seven to eight years. It’s definitely a staple that I never take off – just a part of my uniform now.”

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Jade Donut Hoop

“I wear a lot of different hoop earrings. Sophie Buhai is one of my favorites in terms of simple hoops that are well made. I have many of their gold and silver hoop earrings but recently bought their jade colored hoop earrings which I wear often. They are nostalgic because in Chinese culture, jade is a type of stone that we use. I think she did that particularly well.”

Sophie Buhai

Baby blue cashmere sweater

“I’m actually wearing this Commission sweater now. Honestly, this is the most beautiful piece of cashmere I own. It’s baby blue with a loose turtleneck. I really respect what the guys from the commission are doing in terms of design and philosophy. I was lucky enough to get this sweater from them last year. I don’t even have anything else in that color but I wear it all winter and it just feels incredibly luxurious.”

Commission

Overdyed sweatpants

“I have a change of Stüssy jogging pants. My husband works at Stussy. We just have a lot of Stüssy. But honestly, her sweatpants are the most comfortable, and I share them with him too. I like a lot of oversized clothes, so we share half a wardrobe. They’re just great basic jogging pants, but of course I have to have them in crazy colors and prints. I’m wearing them with my Commission cashmere jumper right now.”

Stussy

AW21 Monkwear Hoodie

Kozaburo is a Japanese brand founded by Kozaburo Akasaka. He’s a close friend of mine with an amazing Japanese brand. This is a very basic white hoodie I got from him over the winter. It’s made from very organic cotton – very heavy so doesn’t pill like a lot of my other hoodies. It almost feels a bit crunchy, but there’s something about it that’s kind of amazing. I live in hoodies. I also have it like an XL so again super oversized.”

Kozaburo

Bong Cha Leggings

Oori Ott is an LA based brand owned by my friend Hannah Park who used to live in New York. She makes these amazing, very simple versions of jersey loungewear. There’s this couple Joggers in black jersey that I got from her – I’ve had them for about four years and they really are the most comfortable things. It’s a lightweight jersey material but there’s a high slit at the very top of your thigh so they flow around either side as you walk, which is great in the summer. Then in winter I just put stockings or leggings underneath and it still works. I wear them inside and outside. They’re black, and I’ve rarely found anything black that lasts that long.” (Similar option linked here).

Oori Ott

Store Fall Model Necessities, In response to Every Zodiac Signal

From time to time we are all completely undecided about what to choose from our closet or we lack the inspiration to put together an outfit. Suddenly it can feel like we no longer know how to dress. But if you’ve ever consulted an astrologer or a birthing cart to battle the other pickles in life, it may be time to apply this approach to your wardrobe, as resorting to astrology for fashion advice could be the perfect way out of a rut.

Each zodiac element and sign has specific behavioral traits and aesthetic biases that can help determine what clothing choices a person will make. To that end, we asked astrologer Alice Bell to provide insights into the fashion POV of each zodiac sign and to help us focus on the specific clothing – including favorite colors and accessories choices – that will inspire us. Read on for some sort of astrology reading that has plenty of sign-specific shopping suggestions for your fall style.

Fire sign

Aries, Leo, Sagittarius

Fire shields usually want to leave a mark and so their style will never be simple or neutral, Bell says. Strong and bright colors such as red or orange and sequined or decorated outfits are indeed a matter of course for them. “Leo wants to stand out with what they’re wearing, so they might like dresses with a cool silhouette or something that attracts attention – they like to look glamorous,” says Bell. “Sagittarius is a world traveler, so her many trips can affect her clothes and they can be overdone with accessories like feathered handbags or flashy sunglasses,” she adds. “Aries is the more active of the three, so they may like clothes that are a little easier to move around in.”

Earth sign

Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn

When it comes to earth signs, style is all about practicality. Essential pieces that combine well and easily with anything in your wardrobe are must-haves. They love neutral colors and clothing that is comfortable and timeless. “Capricorn and Taurus both have a very traditional and expensive-looking style, like a classic trench coat or silk scarf,” advises Bell. “Virgo is probably the most basic sign in the world and is also a huge fan of athleisure because their health is very important to them.” Finally, for all three earth signs, Bell recommends great jeans, cashmere sweaters, basic T-shirts, loafers or ballerinas and, as accessories, something practical like a tote bag.

Air sign

Gemini, Libra, Aquarius

As Bell notes, Air Signs love to be on the cutting edge of trends and are very happy to shop with aspiring designers. As born show-offs, they want to wear original pieces that nobody else owns, such as unique prints or fun accessories such as cool heels or a small handbag. They like to experiment with their outfits and are therefore not afraid to wear colors, but nothing super daring. “They prefer softer, floral prints or cooler greens and blues,” explains Bell. “Libra is more social and flirtatious, so they like dresses that go from day to night. When I think of Aquarius, I think of a brand like Paloma Wool, which always has weird prints. At Gemini, I think of a mashup of different items and prints put together. Air Signs aren’t afraid to take style risks! “

Watermark

Scorpio, Pisces, Cancer

The most sensitive of the zodiac, watermarks, have a penchant for calm pastel tones and, unlike their fiery counterparts, do not like to draw attention to them with bright colors. “Pisces prefer colors like purple, turquoise, and light blue, and clothes with a sheen that feels kind of mystical,” suggests Bell. “Cancers have a nostalgic style, so they like vintage silhouettes, although both characters are like clothes to lie around in as they are very introverted,” she concludes. With the last one to the left of the watermark, it’s a whole different story. Scorpio is a bit of the weird because it wears dark colors, especially black. “Scorpio is a kind of sexual sign, so they might like clothes with unexpected necklines or very figure-hugging but not too revealing clothes – the way they make a statement is very subtle,” says Bell. “For a Scorpio, I think of black leather boots and a leather jacket.”