Powerful Pairings for Modern Times
by Alexa Hotz
Photographed by Hanna Tveite
A set of rules accrue from modern life. Success-building tactics, peak performance standards, self help counsel, what to eat, how to think, where to work, when to sleep. The business of self-engineering is baffling. Best to lead off by putting oneself together, working inward toward optimized bliss. This season’s best self starts with generous volumes and precise tailoring, poaching the principals of the twentieth-century man and fine-tuning them for the forward-thinking woman. Dutch model and artist Saskia de Brauw shows us how.
Supplement your wardrobe with a nervy color. Boldness and audacity are often rewarded. Here, a russet-colored coat complements a dominant turtleneck.
Try a power pose. Amy Cuddy, social psychologist at Harvard Business School, argues that standing in a high power pose for two minutes can ease stress and improve confidence.
A shoddy garment is said to signify the weak-kneed, the wimpish, the mediocre. A chic ensemble, on the other hand, presents a capacity for success.
Lighting Design Jon Ervin
Styling Gabrielle Marcecca
Hair Takayoshi Tsukisawa
Makeup Kristi Matamoros at Frank Reps
Model Saskia de Brauw