It wasn't long ago when Hong Kong residents lamented the city's "lack of culture". Yet this weekend marks the third annual Art Basel Hong Kong, the most important cultural event in Asia's modern and contemporary art world.
Yes, it's a global event attracting tens of thousands of visitors to the city, but it's also a bit of an old home day. Hong Kongers are a notoriously social bunch so, as you can surmise, the art is great and all, but the event is really all about the parties.
This isn't really a "what am I going to wear" moment, in fact it's one of fashion's rare moments where just about anything goes. Minimalist cool girls, quirky gallery girls and fashion peacocks are all welcome here.
Personally, I'd be breaking out my party-go-to uniform: a classic VAUGHAN shirt, statement skirt, sleek bag and sky high heels. What seems like a fairly basic formula can actually be surprisingly versatile. I've styled this exact combo for weddings, Valentine's day and a typical work day. For Basel, I'd go with a flashy-as-hell Pilotto, Roksanda or Katrantzou either in the form of a skirt, trousers or a jacket. Of course I'd most likely pair with my favorite Hepburn to tone down the look a bit. I think it strikes a nice balance between too much and not enough.
But I digress. For this week's White Shirt Wednesday, let's take a look at the types of fashion girls you'll find at Art Basel Hong Kong.
The minimalist cool girl
Generally, Cool Girls fall into two camps. The first being established and successful women who are confident in their own status and don't need to flaunt. The second are younger, maybe students, who don't have tons of resources to splash and therefore have to shop and style well. In an ideal situation the latter is the assistant/protégé of the former and she receives fabulous cast offs that she might otherwise never afford.
What these groups have in common is that they're always on-the-go. We will therefore allow them the luxury of flats and two handbags.
Pictured: Thierry Lasry black smacky glasses, VAUGHAN white shirt, Esteban Cortazar leather mini (I said they were cool, not frugal), Repetto leather oxfords, Rag & Bone pilot bag, Céline clutch
The quirky gallery girl
You know that you fall firmly into the "quirky gallery girl" category if you can say yes to the following:
- you have any monster accessory
- you have named said monster
- you can pull off a beanie (as opposed to looking like a small child or murderer)
You're a Creative so although you're not a slave to fashion and labels, you do appreciate a certain aesthetic. Your style falls somewhere between the minimalist and the peacock. Your love of design makes you appreciate fashion but you definitely stay true to your own sense of style.
Pictured: Acne wool blend hat, VAUGHAN Bettie shirt, Bionda Castana windowpane print pumps, Roksanda crop! flare! trousers, Fendi micro monster bag
The golden peacock
This archetype needs no introduction. You've seen her popping up all over street style blog posts and you may even be one of her squillions of Instagram followers. She's had her share of sartorial hits and misses but somehow she always bounces back. For the golden peacock, more is more is more!
This surrealist Resort '15 Roksanda skirt is to die for. Pair it with a VAUGHAN white blouse, a Shirmps scarf, bright Ray Ban sunnies, Adidas trainers, the requisite Moschino accessory and an It Bag (Vuitton's Petite Malle) and you're ready to go!