It’s no secret that our clothes are made to be lived in. We are shameless about focusing on versatile, functional, comfortable, and hard-working clothes that are at home in a myriad of circumstances. As our team has grown, I honestly can’t think of a better source of inspiration than the humans right here in this building. I’m designing for individuals, creatives, hard-working and hard-playing people that care about how a garment feels throughout the day just as much as how its style represents their identity. We’ve got a building full of those folks, and I love seeing how our garments fit into the lives of those who create them.
We did a really fun feature like this before, where the whole team all wore the Elise Dress. This time, we wanted everyone’s personal tastes to really shine, so members of the ES team picked their favorite pieces from the Cold Weather Collection to style. We spent the morning together at the studio drinking mimosas and goofing off while Zachary captured everyone’s outfits. There are a lot of benefits to a shoot like this - we got to spend the morning together as a team, you get to see lots of sizes and body types in different garments, we are able to highlight and introduce our team to you in an interesting way, you get to see behind the scenes into our workspace, and we all learned a few new ways to wear the Cold Weather Collection.
Still, my favorite part about this project wasn’t at all what I expected. Normally during shoots with many subjects, consistency is a huge concern. How will the divergent aesthetics, comfort levels in front of the camera, and styling choices come together? Will the images feel consistent and on-brand, or will they feel unprofessional and home-grown? On the flip-side, if we gather a group of individuals who already have quite a bit in common and dress them all from the same collection, will we lose their individuality? Will we still see personality and energy?
This shoot was the best example of blasting those concerns to pieces. Despite having a self-selected group - people who work at Elizabeth Suzann and are very in-line with our aesthetic - every individual looked entirely like themselves. It would be very easy for our staff to be a visual echo chamber - neutrals on neutrals, tousled hair, a little ES army of linen-and-cotton-swathed people that blend together into a boring (albeit beautiful) singularity. The actual results were quite the opposite. Despite many of us wearing the same colors and garments, no two of us looked the same. Everyone brought their own interpretation and taste the to the table, and personal identities were evident. Our aesthetics vary widely but each of the outfits complemented each other and gelled beautifully. We ended up with a clear look at the collection from many fresh perspectives, without it feeling overwhelming or contrived.
This makes me incredibly proud of the folks I work with. Everyone here has such excellent taste and a vision of their own. It also makes me proud of the collection - seeing it live out its purpose is so rewarding. Its purpose to help communicate identity without defining it, to make a statement without overpowering the wearers' own voice, to make an individual feel wholly and completely themselves - but also part of a larger community at the same time.
At any rate, I’m so thrilled to share these images of our beautiful team wearing pieces from the Cold Weather Collection along with items from their own wardrobes - I hope it sparks some new ideas for how you might style some garments of your own! Hover over each individual’s photo to read what they had to say about their look and which pieces they’re wearing.