Throughout our shoot with Kim Raymond, the one factor that got here throughout very clearly is her robust sense of id in terms of fashion. Positive, she replies, when introduced with the temper board for the shoot however rapidly provides that she didn’t deliver any “colour”. Her edgy method to vogue has garnered an ardent following who peruse her social media to take inspiration from the distinctive manner through which she places issues collectively.
Certainly, a fast Google of her identify and you will see that many labels that the media have come as much as describe her. Amongst them – are vogue influencer, vogue stylist and maybe, most apt, vogue insurgent. Based mostly on her Instagram, it’s clear that the final description is probably the most appropriate as Kim, 37, will not be one to stay to conference in terms of vogue.
Kim’s distinctive method to choosing her wardrobe has led to her being a lot wanted by vogue manufacturers who’re eager to collaborate along with her and leverage her distinctive perspective.
“I don’t really have any rules per se because as I have grown up I realised that fashion is really anything and everything,” she says. “Just because you don’t like a certain thing does not make it less fashionable.”
From an early age, Kim realised that she was a person by way of her look. She remembers sporting a pixie reduce with pink streaks at simply 13.
“I used to have a very funky style,” she displays. “It was definitely not a style that everyone around me would wear.”
One of many first influences on her was the Olsen twins who impressed a sort of “bag lady chic”. Now Kim describes her fashion as “casual chic”. However being labelled by way of her fashion, isn’t actually her factor. As an alternative, the best affect on Kim’s sense of fashion is her fearless perspective with regard to vogue.
“I am not afraid to wear anything,” she declares.
This was evident as she transitioned from one persona into one other with completely different seems in the course of the shoot. That she has the innate capability to combine and match was additionally one thing that clearly got here throughout.
“I was very into mixing and matching,” she says, one thing that has continued until at the moment. All through the shoot, there was fairly a bit of dialogue over the outfits she introduced and the crew was fairly taken at how she managed to mix them.
“I can’t really say exactly what it is but I sometimes go into this mindset where I mentally start thinking of what matches what,” she says, when requested to clarify her thought course of. “It just comes to me and I go into this zone.”
In a earlier interview, Kim has talked about improvising on what she wears – even utilizing ribbons and bra straps as belts. Now, nonetheless, she is a little more “grounded” in terms of vogue, notably since changing into a mom. Maybe that’s mirrored in her desire for monotones. Nonetheless, she does wish to throw in “a bit of excitement here and there”.
You possibly can’t deny that Kim has an excellent eye which makes styling one thing that comes naturally to her. She doesn’t do it professionally however shares this piece of recommendation for individuals who are nonetheless trying to find what fits them finest.
“I say try everything and see what you are most comfortable in,” she explains. “If we don’t experiment, we will never know. I can safely say that I am still trying and discovering different things at my age.”
For Kim, inspiration comes from “everything and everyone” round her. Other than vogue, she additionally has a ardour for artwork and structure, which she believes additionally affect her vogue decisions.
The mom of Skylar Raymond Foo – who simply turned 5 and was additionally on the shoot, giving her mummy the seal of approval for among the seems – says she sees her daughter can also be growing the identical curiosity in vogue that she has.
“I am not sure if it is normal for her age but she is really into dressing up and ‘being stylish’ as she calls it,” says Kim with amusement.
Typically vogue is seen as frivolous however for Kim, vogue is about id and that we must always indulge ourselves the place potential.
“You can tell a lot about a person from their style,” she says. “And I don’t mean that in a bad way. I feel it makes people more interesting when you see how they put together an outfit. Sometimes you can just imagine what his or her character is like. I think it’s fun. We don’t always have to look at things in a negative way. Fashion may not be an important part of life but it can make your life just a little bit more interesting if you allow it.”