During junior year, I harbored a real fear of color. Call it chromophobia if you will, but my closet remained void of bright statement pieces for a solid two semesters. Black blouses, faux leather pants and all-gray outfits dominated my day-to-day look, and a tint of androgyneity peppered my aesthetic. However, this soon changed after my daily commute for the fall.
With headquarters in Chinatown, the trek to my internship at Kaelen Haworth’s studio entailed exposure to bright red architecture, kitschy decor such as a life-sized statue of Marge Simpson sitting outside a boba shop and bright hues of matcha green tea. Not to mention during the earlier phase of the internship, I ventured from East Village where I decided to walk through the vivaciousness that is SoHo and I past by the glossy pink architecture near the Man Repeller office and the shelves of colorful Fenty by Rihanna sliders that lined the women’s wing of Kith.
Part of transitioning into my senior year meant leaving behind the monochromes that lined my closet. Today, I am challenging myself to adopt the color palette of Leandra Medine, whose adoration for multicolored pom pom gladiators and the avant garde consume her glorious Instagram feed. My challenge is evident in this look. I’m wearing the stretch cupro combo caftan from KAELEN with a pair of neutral toned sandals because I did not want to distract the look from the colorful panels of my caftan. This fall, I’m definitely going to wear my colors.