New Designers: Jennifer Chun

Interview by Derek Lam. Chun assisted Lam at Michael Kors and at Lam's own line.

Photo Credit: Christopher Sturman

  • Button-downs are Chun's signature but never in solid white.
  • Chun used to cut up her mother's plaid skirts—the inspiration behind a key look in her new line.

HOW SHE STARTED: The native Ohioan ditched the pre-law track at American University in D.C. to enroll in New York City's Pratt Institute.

WHY WE LOVE HER: Chun uses a chic palette and graphic lines—and her separates are unbelievably wearable.

DL: Before this interview I wasn't aware you were doing a line. How long has it been?

JC: A year and a half. I never really expressed to you: You have been a big mentor for me.

DL: I'm glad that I gave you the confidence. You were an amazing intern and always asked the right questions.

JC: Do you see your influence in my work?

DL: What I noticed was the clarity of lines, your sense of tailoring. I don't know if that was my influence or the evolution of your taste. I've always loved putting a little twist in the detailing, and that I can totally see in your collection in the buttons and fur collars. I love all of the mix and textures its very sophisticated, in the essence of the word.

JC: I do like small details. I still think: what would Derek do in this situation? Whenever your name comes up, people get dreamy-eyed.

DL: Maybe it's my good looks. I think every designer has their moments where they want to pull their hair out or break down over decisions. But the most important thing I always ask myself is "how do we make the product better, how do we make the experience better." How are you handling starting a collection in this economy?

JC: It's keeping me efficient and reminding me to constantly tighten up my collection. I would love your advice on how to take creativity and turn it into a business.

DL: The reality is that it's about the work: Get people emotionally involved. I think that there's a real place for sophistication, and you've done it in such a playful manner and what's great to see that it's sportswear. Sportswear is so hard to do because it's not about separate pieces — it's the whole scope of how this person is dressing and how she can build a wardrobe with your line and it looks great. Your line looks amazing. I give you an A+.

 

 

more on luckymag.com

50 Show-Stopping Gowns You Can Expect To See On The Emmy Red Carpet

We're always more excited for the red carpet than the award show itself, and we've picked the gowns we expect to see at the Emmy Awards to prove it!

Sarah Jessica Parker Named The Shoes In Her Second Footwear Collection After Her Friends

Not nepotism.

Cara Delevingne: Now A Movie-Musical Star

Lending her pipes to the big screen.

The Beauty Closet: An Irresistable Lemon Scent

Rows of citrus trees set out in pots: so Marella Agnelli. So Sun King at Versailles. Not being Louis XIV or the wife of a legendary industrialist, I c…

The Anyone-Can-Do-It Secret To Jaime King's Glowing Complexion

It's still subtle enough for day or night.