Get to Know Fashion Powerhouse Rachael Wang
By Mosha Lundström Halbert
After stints at Style.com and Allure, stylist Rachael Wang now interweaves her personal values around sustainability, environmentalism, diversity and inclusivity into work for publications such as The Clash, The Telegraph and Document Journal. “My goal is to make people feel seen and empowered,” she says. Up next? She’s just launched a collection of thoughtfully considered swimwear for Ookioh, made from recycled nylon. In this 2020 climate where WFH fashion is the new norm, Wang believes in the uplifting power of wholly personal style. “My relationship with fashion has gone inward recently. Clothing provides a form of comfort to me in a way that it never did previously.” To wit, here are some of the things that have captured her discerning eye.
How would you spend your dream Miami day?
“I might start the morning at PAMM and then head up to Bal Harbour Shops to pop into Bottega Veneta to check out Daniel Lee’s latest and smell candles at Diptyque. In the afternoon, I’d probably go for a swim in the sea. I’d chow down on the Vegan Stephen and Garden Maki sushi at Makoto for dinner.”
How have you used the unpredictability of the past year to better yourself?
“Society is changing and I am watching with excited anticipation to see how it unfolds. Slowing down has been forced on many of us, but I think the opportunity to pad ourselves with time to be reflective, to make thoughtful decisions and to consider the outcome of our actions just might be the magic ingredient to initiate true and lasting progress.”
What in the art world is inspiring you right now?
“Kimberly Drew’s daily curation of a piece of art in ‘Something I Saw’ has been moving and thought-provoking. Through her lens, I have been exposed to deeply inspiring work I otherwise might have missed.”
What statement piece would you most like to add to your wardrobe this season?
“I’d love to own a pair of Stella McCartney’s chunky vegan boots. I consider necessity, function, durability, impeccable fit, ethical materials and manufacturing.”
What are some key elements of your morning routine?
“I start my morning with a sweaty 60-minute virtual yoga class with Urban Asanas and then a cold shower. For breakfast, I’ve been making a simple chia pudding in a recycled jam jar. I top it with fresh blackberries and lavender flowers, both of which I have been cultivating in my little patio garden.”
What is your go-to outfit equation for feeling your best at work and on-set?
“My go-to work look is generally menswear and statement personal jewelry. I’ll either wear a pantsuit, or an oversized striped men's button-down with vintage Levi’s.”
When you're in Miami, where do you stay and how do you approach dressing?
“I love staying right by the sea and taking in the Art Deco architecture and authentic Cuban food. I tend to wear mid-length dresses and lace-up sandals or breezy wide leg trousers, babouche slippers and little knit tops. Sunglasses and lots of gold jewelry are also key.”
What's an underrated styling tool that every woman should have in their arsenal?
“Reusable pasties for sheer or thin strap tops and flesh-colored, boyshort-style panties for white or sheer pants.”
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