Ar­chi­tec­tural shapes, strong sil­hou­ettes and unique de­tails make up Jamie Wu Qian Qian’s dis­tinct per­sonal style

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The de­tails that de­fine Jamie Wu Qian Qian’s per­sonal style

Jamie wu qian qian is a woman who knows ex­actly what looks good on her. When we met the style maven, she had just re­turned from her first suc­cess­ful out­ing at the Lon­don, Mi­lan and Paris fash­ion weeks in Septem­ber, where her visu­ally striking looks caught the eye of street-style pho­tog­ra­phers as well as in­ter­na­tional pub­li­ca­tions. De­scrib­ing her style as eclec­tic, Jamie dresses with ed­i­to­rial flair and, thanks to her ex­pert mix­ing and match­ing of streetwear with lux­ury fash­ion, the Shang­hainese al­ways looks like she had just stepped out of the pages of a fash­ion mag­a­zine. No sur­prises here, con­sid­er­ing one of her ear­li­est sources of in­spi­ra­tion was her mother’s fash­ion pe­ri­od­i­cals—a rar­ity in 1990s China. “China was not the most open of so­ci­eties back then, and to have for­eign mag­a­zines and be­ing able to read them was very rare,” she says. “My mother took such an in­ter­est in fash­ion and started to ex­per­i­ment by mak­ing clothes for me. This def­i­nitely piqued my in­ter­est.” The 34-year-old worked as a TV pro­ducer and stylist in Shang­hai, be­fore re­lo­cat­ing to Sin­ga­pore with her hus­band in 2016. Af­ter mov­ing here, she took to fash­ion blog­ging, ini­tially for fun but now as a ca­reer. Her im­pres­sive In­sta­gram ac­count, @jamieqqwu, which boasts nearly 50,000 fol­low­ers, fea­tures a care­fully cu­rated fash­ion col­lec­tion, from Y/project’s con­tro­ver­sial slouchy boots to this sea­son’s must-have ny­lon Prada belt bag. Unique de­tails are cru­cial to her style, and you will be non­plussed to find clas­sic el­e­ments in her wardrobe, save for the clean white turtle­necks and ba­sic tees she lay­ers with her more striking pieces. Jamie’s style has also been in­spired by her love for ar­chi­tec­ture, whether it is her ex­pe­ri­ence run­ning the now-de­funct Hamil­ton House restau­rant, which was housed in an art deco-style build­ing in Shang­hai, or the works of her favourite de­sign­ers Glenn Martens of Y/project and Vir­gil Abloh, founder and de­signer of Off-white and artis­tic di­rec­tor of Louis Vuit­ton menswear. Be­fore fash­ion, both de­sign­ers were ar­chi­tects, and they subscribe to the ethos of fash­ion be­ing more than just clothes, but rather a con­cept. This is also some­thing that Jamie shares. “I’ve al­ways been drawn to pieces with ar­chi­tec­tural de­sign,” she ex­plains. “With my body type be­ing on the thin side, I feel th­ese pieces help to cre­ate a more in­ter­est­ing shape.”

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