Per­sonal Style

Un­abashedly bold yet al­ways com­posed, BAZAAR un­cov­ers the jew­ellery de­signer’s closet of in­spi­ra­tion. By Haida Yusof.

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - Contents -

The icon of in­di­vid­u­al­ism and mas­ter of over-ac­ces­soris­ing, Iris Apfel once mused, “More is more and less is a bore.” There is some­thing quite fab­u­lous about lay­er­ing, and Eva Soh, founder and creative di­rec­tor of Xe­vana Jewelry, is well-versed in the lan­guage of mak­ing strong state­ments with fashionable pieces. An ar­dent be­liever in stand­ing out from the crowd, Eva stays true to her unique take on fash­ion, but not without a few muses. “My icons are Bianca Jag­ger, Kate Moss, and Jane Birkin. How­ever, copy­ing alone won’t dis­tin­guish your­self from the rest. It’s about own­ing your style DNA but al­low­ing your­self to evolve as you go along,” says Sin­ga­pore-based Eva.

“The pieces in my wardrobe and my styling aes­thet­ics are in­flu­enced by Mon­ica Rose, the stylist who was in­stru­men­tal in Ken­dall Jen­ner’s street style evo­lu­tion,” ex­plains Eva.

The process of dress­ing her­self also comes from within and ev­ery source of in­spi­ra­tion she can find. Magazines, books, and Pin­ter­est—cu­rat­ing looks that would be­fit her “dainty yet loud per­son­al­ity” takes great ef­fort and good taste on her part.

Eva also pro­claims her love for cur­rent go-to de­signer, Olivier Rouste­ing—quite pos­si­bly the man who con­tin­ues to in­spire her all-out style. “Bal­main is a chang­ing force in fash­ion, es­pe­cially among this so­cial me­dia-fren­zied gen­er­a­tion.” Moved by a mag­a­zine in­ter­view in which Olivier claimed that those who wear Bal­main are war­rior women, she says, “Those were words that showed me how fash­ion could truly mo­bilise a po­lit­i­cal state­ment. His work is a pow­er­ful ex­pres­sion that re­spects what women can do and be.”

“I cu­rate looks that would do well for my dainty form and loud per­son­al­ity.” – Eva Soh

Quite fit­tingly, this idea of strength in fem­i­nin­ity trans­lates to the bold jew­ellery pieces she pro­duces for her brand. It is the same be­lief that she takes on when styling her en­sem­bles. Even if it means sac­ri­fic­ing com­fort for style, es­pe­cially in this trop­i­cal cli­mate. “My only lighter pieces are silk slips and satin palazzo pants. The rest are dom­i­natated by heavy pieces made of wool and knit,” she shares.

Rouste­ing’s no-holds-barred point of view also has this 28-year-old ap­ply a sim­i­lar mantra to her ev­ery­day sched­ule. “I’m my own boss, so I have the lux­ury of set­ting my own dress code for work. I en­dorse a creative and more ca­sual dress code in the of­fice, as long as it is as pre­sentable for meet­ings.”

Wear­ing a bulky, tex­tured peach bolero coat worn on top of cham­pagne-hued trousers, Eva doesn’t have to try too hard to sell her own ver­sion of the #Gir­lBoss man­i­festo. “To­day’s woman on top like Nasty Gal’s Sophia Amoruso is what we should as­pire to be. As a busi­ness­woman my­self, dress­ing up for the part is im­por­tant, re­gard­less of the goals you have set for your­self on that day.”

Eva’s in­spir­ing sense of style and spir­ited ex­pres­sions are enough to have us dust off the state­ment blaz­ers and em­bel­lished den­ims we’ve bought on a whim, the ones that have not seen the light of the day. Just layer and flaunt, for a power work look. Af­ter all, where else would you be wear­ing them, #Gir­lBoss?

A dash of sil­ver from a Xe­vana neck­lace and bronze jacket draped over the arms amp up her plain white jump­suit

Eva loves lay­er­ing edgy, stand­out pieces atop one an­other

Never al­low­ing the fear of bulky pieces get to her, she clev­erly ac­cents her out­fits with min­i­mal gold ac­ces­sories

Not for­get­ting this sea­son’s trend du jour: the lace camisole

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