Tin­ker­ing & tai­lor­ing

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Af­ter six years as cre­ative di­rec­tor at LOFT, Austyn Zung is do­ing dou­ble duty and tak­ing on the same role at Ann Tay­lor. We chat­ted with the Os­car de la Renta alum about her vi­sion for the brand, honed from a life­time of travel and ob­serv­ing the women around her.

Abol­ish­ing the “work wardrobe” “It’s so funny to hear peo­ple say ‘Wear it to work’ when you just buy clothes, put them on and go to work and that just hap­pens to be what you’re wear­ing.” Spring­time in Cuba “This col­lec­tion was loosely in­spired by the idea of Hem­ing­way in Ha­vana—a rugged el­e­gance. Hem­ing­way is this al­lur­ing fig­ure, but he lived a rugged life in the beauty of Ha­vana, with all its colours and veg­e­ta­tion.” Learn­ing from Os­car de la Renta “I trav­elled with him a lot; we’d be walk­ing through the streets of Rome at 12:30 at night—the man never wanted to shut down! He never wanted to waste a mo­ment, and that re­ally taught me to en­joy life.” Get­ting in­spired…the old-fash­ioned way “I have to be sur­rounded by vis­ual chaos. I col­lect pho­to­graphs and im­ages from my trav­els to In­dia, Brazil and Turkey. Now the world is on Pin­ter­est, but this is how it started—my in­spi­ra­tion wall is Pin­ter­est.”

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