STYLE PRO­FILE

THE FASH­ION CON­SUL­TANT AT SUYEN COR­PO­RA­TION AND CO-OWNER OF SHOE AC­CES­SORY BRAND FRINGY AND A DRESS CODE THAT SPEAKS VOL­UMES.

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A look at Michelle Hui Lao’s col­or­ful wardrobe.

FASH­ION BACK­GROUND I was the man­ag­ing part­ner at Mango from 2001 to 2005 and worked as cus­tomer base de­vel­op­ment se­nior man­ager and chief front­liner of sales at Adora from 2009 to 2015. CUR­RENT FASH­ION WISH­LIST Her­mès crocodile Kelly bag and hinged enamel bracelet, a cash­mere long coat, and Adi­das track pants in azure and red. PER­SONAL STYLE I quite fancy lay­er­ing my clothes, which al­lows me the lib­erty to achieve a cer­tain look or to just stay warm when trav­el­ing to cooler places. TRAVEL STYLE ES­SEN­TIALS A denim jacket, cash­mere shawl, brooches, sun­glasses, a pair of boyfriend jeans, a striped T-shirt, white sneak­ers ac­ces­sorized with Fringy, and a cardi­gan. WORK ES­SEN­TIALS Since I work in fash­ion, I find that there isn’t an acute sep­a­ra­tion be­tween my work­wear and per­sonal styles. Both are in­ex­pli­ca­bly linked. FA­VORITE FASH­ION MEM­ORY Af­ter finishing univer­sity, my par­ents pre­sented me with my first Rolex watch. DE­SCRIBE YOUR STYLE To bor­row the words of Jenna Lyons, “I like a sense of lux­ury mixed with hu­mil­ity. I’m not a huge fan of all one thing.” FA­VORITE BRANDS Paul Smith, Chanel, Gucci, Loewe, and Zara. FA­VORITE SHOPS As­sem­bly, Le Bon Marché, and Sel­fridges. FASH­ION PHI­LOS­O­PHY Sub­stance is what matters, but style is what opens the door. FASH­ION IN­FLU­ENCES Tilda Swin­ton, Jenna Lyons, and Leandra Me­dine. STYLE ICONS Katharine Hep­burn, Lau­ren Hut­ton, and Madonna. FIRST BIG SPLURGE A pair of Salvatore Ferragamo Va­rina bal­let flats back when I was a col­lege stu­dent and en­joyed—of­ten times ex­ploited, I am ashamed to ad­mit—the gen­eros­ity of the two peo­ple who brought me into this world. PRIZED POS­SES­SIONS My son Nathan’s hand­writ­ten notes to me when he was a small boy; an art­work that marks a “be­fore” and “af­ter” in my life; and a ten­nis bracelet my mom gave me when I grad­u­ated from univer­sity. I CAN’T LIVE WITH­OUT AIR. I refuse to be an ut­ter slave to my de­sires.

Pro­duced by Ca­role Cuasay-Ta­gle Pho­to­graphs by Kai Huang

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gIRL On ThE gO Michelle wears her own Paul Smith camisole, knit dress, and es­padrilles; zara head­band; Mer­riam Batara ear­rings; and cult gaia bag. Opposite: her own zara denim jacket; chanel brooches; The Black Shop vest; Enan Al­mando ball skirt;...

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