Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - The Style -

There are only two modes for a jour­nal­ist at Fash­ion Week: wait­ing for a show to start or sprint­ing to one be­fore it does. But there are those rare mo­ments that can make you for­get time is of the essence. Like see­ing flamin­gos. I was clip-clap­ping down Via Cap­puc­cini in Mi­lan on the way to Dolce & Gab­bana when I hap­pened to look up and there they were, splash­ing around be­hind the gates of a pri­vate res­i­dence. “That’s just one of those typ­i­cal mo­ments in Mi­lan when you are blown away by ex­treme beauty,” says fash­ion jour­nal­ist and vintage afi­cionado J.J. Martin. We have met at the bar in Paris’s Park Hy­att to chat about her new web­site, La Dou­bleJ, as well as her style, regularly doc­u­mented for her deft use of colour and tex­ture that’s more strik­ing than at­ten­tion-seek­ing. For the mo­ment, talk has turned to Mi­lan, her home of 14 years.

Orig­i­nally from Los An­ge­les, she was in New York when she met an Ital­ian man at a party and fell in love. “He was just vis­it­ing. We had this long-dis­tance re­la­tion­ship and I was work­ing at Calvin Klein; ev­ery­body wear­ing black, I never saw Calvin ever – well, once – and I thought, ‘This is mis­ery.’ And so this guy was like, ‘Do you want to move to Italy?’ and I said, ‘OK.’

“For the first six months I couldn’t find a job; no­body had ever heard of mar­ket­ing. So in­stead I took Ital­ian lessons for six hours a day un­til I could speak.” While she nailed the lan­guage fast, it took her longer to un­der­stand the city. “For five years I hated it – no­body com­plained more than me – and for the ex­act same rea­son ev­ery­one who goes to Mi­lan doesn’t un­der­stand it. It’s not a city that presents it­self im­me­di­ately to you.” Even­tu­ally, she be­came an editor-at-large for Wall­pa­per* and a con­trib­u­tor for WSJ. Mag­a­zine, meet­ing peo­ple who would un­lock the city’s se­crets for her. “I dis­cov­ered ev­ery­thing hap­pens be­hind closed doors and most Mi­lanese leave the city on week­ends. A two-hour drive to Portofino and St Moritz, it’s

per­fectly po­si­tioned.

High­light­ing a printed coat with ba­sic black

Mix­ing colours and prints at Mi­lan Fash­ion Week

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