Everything Old is New Again: Michelene Auguste
What advice do you have for styling vintage (fashion and/or decor) in a way that makes it look uniquely fresh or modern, i.e. reinventing styles from the past as opposed to simply reproducing or mimicking them (which can feel more like a costume)? Any particular strategies or tips?
I’d say mixing a bit of old with some new gives a fresh look. Really it’s about experimentation and expressing yourself — some looks work, some looks don’t, but for me it’s just about the process, the trial and error of putting things together
Tell us about the vintage wardrobe items you wore in our shoot.
I wore Roberto Cavalli, who I’m very inspired by. I actually found this blouse and another one very similar but in green at a charity shop, and I of course kept one and sold the other. I love Roberto Cavallo’s mix of prints as well as the details in his garments — the charms hanging from the cuffs in this blouse are my favorite! I also paired them with some Roberto Cavalli jeans I found, and some vintage cowboy boots I found upstate.
Tell us about the Larkspur & Hawk pieces you chose and the way you styled them.
I’m a Larkspur & Hawk kinda girl. The first thing that drew me in were the colors. Growing up in Trinidad, everything is filled with color — our people, our streets, our laughter, and our accents. We are a very resilient and joyful people, and we love to express ourselves. I express myself through my clothing, and though I’m a bit shy my outfit might say different. So for this shoot I chose to layer two necklaces, a beautiful pair of earrings, and then I couldn’t leave out the ringsss!
What inspires your jewelry style in general?
Jewelry has always been very precious to me. Most of my jewelry has come from either my mom or my grandmother or from very special people in my life. These pieces all have great memories attached to them. When I put jewelry on I feel connected to my family, and that makes me very happy. I love bold earrings, layers and layers of chains, and lots of rings, but some days I just love wearing one really special piece from a loved one.