There’s been a definite buzz surrounding new label Self-Portrait. It’s from the former Creative Director of Three Floor, which has quickly become known for girly but directional party pieces that have been favoured by the cast of both Made in Chelsea and The Only Way is Essex.
Self-Portrait has roughly the same price points, with Han Chong, the founder, telling Vogue that “If they are too expensive it takes the fun out of it. I want to create clothes that make women feel special. They’ll appreciate the thought that has gone into each piece and feel like they have bought something unique without breaking their bank balance.” It’s affordable but not cheap, at up to £250 for a dress. But it’s worth spending more than you would in Topshop or Zara, where you know you’re going to run into other girls wearing the same outfit. Self-Portrait has individuality, and the collection is full of statement pieces with interesting details.
“Most mid-price labels are based on rather minimal designs, so Self-Portrait is different in that perspective. It dares to be feminine and detailed. I gather my inspiration not only from the current trends and what’s going on right now, but also from historical references and sources outside of fashion.” That translates to a lot of leather, lace, and intricate detailing.
This patchwork dress has been picked up on by the press as one of Self-Portraits star looks, and it’s easy to see why. Those mesh panels could almost be from the Rodarte archives, while the flared skirt is both flattering and effortlessly cool. Wear it with the leather-collared shirt, complete with lace panels, and a casual camo jacket.
And it doesn’t stop there. Flick through the Self-Portrait look book and you could easily mistake it for a designer label. Satin trousers come with deep side pockets, perfect for tucking a relaxed tee into the waist, while this double tiered skirt reimagines ruffles in the most sophisticated way.
And for a sophisticated take on cocktail hour, this scarlet brocade dress has a demure, below-the-knee hemline and high neck, paired with wide pleats and daring cut outs at the waist. Tie your hair up and add a pair of mannish loafers, to keep the look simple and elegantly androgynous. That’s every Christmas party outfit sorted for this year.