Style and Grace

STYLIST Grace Lam, FOR­MER SE­NIOR FASH­ION STYLE ED­I­TOR AT Vogue China, DISHES ON HER FAVOURITE MEM­O­RIES—FROM DRESS­ING KATE MOSS TO BE­ING STAR-STRUCK AT FOR­MULA 1

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I WAS BORN IN HONG KONG BUT MOVED TO THE UK AFTER PRI­MARY SCHOOL. I GRAD­U­ATED FROM CEN­TRAL SAINT MARTINS IN GRAPHIC DE­SIGN AND THEN WENT ON TO WORK AT I-D MAG­A­ZINE IN LONDON.

MY AD­VICE FOR ANY­ONE WHO WANTS TO WORK IN FASH­ION IS TO WORK HARD AND WORK FROM THE BOT­TOM SO YOU KNOW HOW TO DO EV­ERY­THING. ALSO, DRESS WELL; IT’S IM­POR­TANT TO LOOK GOOD SO THAT YOU CAN CON­VINCE PEO­PLE YOU KNOW WHAT YOU’RE DO­ING.

MY PRIZED POS­SES­SIONS IN­CLUDE MY CHANEL VIN­TAGE BAGS, MY AQUA­MA­RINE AND DI­A­MOND WED­DING RING AND A ONE-YEAR AN­NIVER­SARY DI­A­MOND RING FROM MY HUS­BAND, JA­SON.

MY STYLE ICONS ARE TILDA SWIN­TON, KATE MOSS, FAYE WONG AND DAVID BOWIE.

I WILL NEVER FOR­GET WHEN I IN­TER­VIEWED FOR­MULA 1 CHAM­PION FER­NANDO ALONSO FOR VOGUECHINA ALMOST 10 YEARS AGO IN SHANG­HAI. I’M A HUGE FOR­MULA 1 FAN, AND IT WAS LIKE A DREAM TO SPEND THE EN­TIRE DAY AT THE RE­NAULT GARAGE.

BREATH­LESS(ÀBOUTDESOUFFLE) IS MY FAVOURITE FASH­ION FILM. IT WAS DI­RECTED BY JEAN-LUC GO­DARD IN THE EARLY 1960S.

POINTED METAL­LIC FLATS BY TABITHA SIM­MONS ARE THE LAST THINGS I BOUGHT; I HAVEN’T TAKEN THEM OFF SINCE.

RIGHT NOW, MY TOP LA­BELS ARE CÉ­LINE, LAN­VIN AND HONG KONG’S VERY OWN JO­HANNA HO AND JOUR­DEN, BUT MY ALL-TIME FAVOURITE IS NI­CO­LAS GHESQUIÈRE FOR BA­LEN­CI­AGA.

ANOTHER FUNNY MO­MENT IN MY CA­REER WAS WHEN WE WERE SHOOT­ING KATE MOSS FOR I-D IN LONDON; SHE WORE MY (CLEAN) KNICK­ERS—DON’T ASK WHY!

I DON’T BE­LIEVE PEO­PLE SHOULD FOLLOW FASH­ION TRENDS TOO BLINDLY—IT’S ALL ABOUT BE­ING EF­FORT­LESSLY CHIC. THEY SHOULD DRESS AC­CORD­ING TO THEIR BODY SHAPE AND AGE.

MY CA­REER IN FASH­ION STARTED AT I-D MAG­A­ZINE, WHERE I AS­SISTED THE FASH­ION DI­REC­TOR-AT-LARGE, ED­WARD EN­NIN­FUL. HE IS MY MEN­TOR AND HAS TAUGHT ME EV­ERY­THING ABOUT THE IN­DUS­TRY. WE WORKED TO­GETHER WITH THE BEST TAL­ENTS, IN­CLUD­ING KATE MOSS, NAOMI CAMP­BELL, MARIO TESTINO, PAOLO ROVERSI AND PAT MCGRATH IN LONDON, PARIS AND NEW YORK.

THE TWO PEO­PLE IN THE FASH­ION IN­DUS­TRY THAT I AD­MIRE THE MOST ARE ED­WARD EN­NIN­FUL, WHO IS CUR­RENTLY THE FASH­ION AND STYLE DI­REC­TOR AT WMAGAZINE, AND THE CRE­ATIVE DI­REC­TOR OF AMER­I­CANVOGUE, GRACE COD­DING­TON—SHE IS SO MULTI-TAL­ENTED.

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