Life as a Runway: What 9 Gallery Hoppers Wore on Their Chelsea Crawl


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Like the first day of school and the return of black-tie galas, the Chelsea gallery crawl ushers in a new season in New York. On Saturday afternoons, well-heeled art collectors and smartly dressed culture seekers take their post-brunch strolls through blue-chip galleries like Hauser & Wirth, Gagosian and David Zwirner. Save the deal making for the workweek; Saturdays are for looking, at the art on the walls and the fashion on the streets.


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Oidie Kuijpers

Age 23

Occupation Gallery assistant at Pace

Where’s your jacket from?

Uniqlo.

What about your pants and shirt?

The pants are also from Uniqlo, and the shirt was a gift, so I’m not sure. It was a birthday gift from my father.

And where’s your scarf from?

It’s a gift from my mother for my birthday.

Is this your usual work outfit?

Yeah, it’s a little “up” for work, but for the most part, yeah.

How would you classify your style?

Wow. I don’t think I’ve ever thought about that. I just sort of see things I like and wear them.

Do you think that people in the art world are stylish?

People that I see, for the most part, are.


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Sheena Villanueva

Age 33

Occupation Merchandiser at Ralph Lauren

Where’s your jacket from?

It’s from Free People. I just love the shagginess of it, and I actually bought it when I lived in Hawaii years ago, and I never got to wear it. It was too hot.

Your pants are crazy.

They’re from Trip NYC. They’re sexy. They show a little skin, but not too much. And the shoes are from Revolve.

Wearing heels on your down time. Are they comfortable?

Well, they’re not uncomfortable. I just like to feel taller. I feel like when I walk around the city it gives me more confidence.

You’re not who I think of when I think of Ralph Lauren.

Yeah. Ralph Lauren is very democratic, and a lot of people can wear his stuff and make it their own. I don’t stick out there.


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Timothais Thompson

Age 48

Occupation International traveler

Where’s your jumpsuit from?

This is from Europe, from London. It’s designed by a friend who designs for Vivienne Westwood, but he doesn’t have his own label.

Why did you wear it today?

It’s fall. It’s not heavy, but it’s not light, either.

Do you wear a lot of jumpsuits?

I do. They’re roomy. You don’t have to hold in your stomach. It’s easy.

What’s underneath?

I have undergarments! And this shirt has extended sleeves. It’s by the same guy.

What about your scarf?

The scarf and the hat are from Urban Outfitters.

You seem to like gray.

I do neutrals: brown, black. And then pops of color. Because then you can mix and match with anything in your closet.

What about your sunglasses?

They’re Alexander McQueen, and the bag is Fendi. It’s a Fendi Monster bag.


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Nicola St. George-Hyslop

Age 26

Occupation Assistant buyer at Bergdorf Goodman

Where did you get your top?

It’s some weird brand that I got on Shopbop. It’s called One by Stylekeepers or something. I just like the boho theme, the big sleeves and everything.

Where’s your skirt from?

It’s Phillip Lim. I like the cutout, the stripes, the ruffle. It’s unfinished but put together.

Are you always shopping?

Oh yeah, always shopping. It’s bad. I used to work at Net-a-Porter, and it was worse because you could see everything. But now, I can only see what I buy, which is bags.

Where’s your bag from, then?

Saint Laurent, it’s a continuity style. This is SLP.

Where are you going?

I’m going to Paula Cooper Gallery with my old roommate. There’s some exhibit she wanted to see with stripes on the walls or something.


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Matt Yang

Age 22

Occupation Sales at Opening Ceremony

Where’s your jacket from?

It’s from a Japanese designer, Shinya Kozuka. I bought it at one of Opening Ceremony’s sample sales. I’m really into Japanese style, more boxy, oversize silhouettes and cuts.

How about your sweater?

It’s the Opening Ceremony brand.

And your pants?

They’re Yohji. The shoes are a collaboration between Reebok and Gosha Rubchinskiy. I just happen to be all designer-ed up today.

Why do you like bigger silhouettes?

I skated when I was younger, and everyone was wearing skinny A.P.C.’s with Supreme hoodies. But a few years ago, I looked in the mirror, and I think I didn’t feel comfortable. So I bought my first pair of Comme des Garçons wide-leg pants, and that pretty much changed everything for me. Now everything is supercozy and relaxed.


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Flavio Masson

Age 41

Occupation Owner of the digital product studio 10012

What are you doing in the neighborhood today?

I’m going to see a show by Os Gêmeos, these Brazilian artists. I’m Brazilian.

I love your robe.

I got it at Oak, the one downtown. It’s so comfortable, I wear it all the time.

You’ve got a great look with the black socks pulled up and the white sneakers.

I like that it looks a little bit like I’m a monk. I’m not religious, but it’s fun.

Your bag adds to that, it looks Tibetan.

I actually got it in Istanbul for, like, five bucks. It wasn’t aged when I got it, but it’s been through a lot.

Why did you go with Reeboks?

It’s an ’80s touch. I think the ’80s provided some really interesting aesthetics.

Do you always wear all black?

A lot, yeah. A lot of black. I like drape-y things, drop-crotch pants and stuff like that.


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Sheana Fair

Age: 27

Occupation: Stylist and manicurist

Where’s your jacket from?

It’s vintage, and then I added the leather to it.

Why did you buy it?

I like the fringe, and I liked that it was denim. It was an eye-catcher.

Where’s your head wrap from?

It vintage, from someone’s granny, from back in the day.

Do you wrap your hair a lot?

Yes, I have a lot of wraps, turbans, a lot of updos. It just fits my look. And they’re always patterned.

Why patterned?

I like to stand out. I like to mix prints and patterns. I’m a stylist.


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Nick Mahan

Age 21

Occupation Student

Which school do you go to?

I’m a senior at Pratt. I’m studying illustration.

What brings you here today?

We were at the Whitney earlier and then we just stumbled down here.

Where’s your shirt from?

It’s from her closet [gestures toward girlfriend]. It’s her dad’s.

And the polo?

It’s Uniqlo. And the pants are from a thrift store. I don’t know who made them.

Why did you buy them?

I thought they looked like they had shadows being cast on them, or like the reflection of water.

And what about your hair? Do you buzz it?

Yeah, she does.

Without your girlfriend, you’re lost.

Exactly.


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Jing Zhang

Age: 21

Occupation: Student

What brings you to Chelsea today?

I’m visiting for fall break. I’m studying at the University of San Francisco. We’re just looking around at galleries.

Where’s your coat from?

It’s Maison Margiela. It’s very special because it’s two different styles.

What about your top and skirt?

They’re from Acne Studios, they come together. Previously I used to like the black, white, and gray style but now I want to wear colorful things.

And your shoes?

They’re Alexander Wang. And my bag is Saint Laurent.

Wow, all designer. Do you like to shop?

I love to shop.

How would you describe your style?

Before I used to like normcore and Scandinavian style. Simple things with thoughtful design.


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Graham Coffman

Age 22

Occupation Student

Where do you go to school?

Colorado College. It’s a small liberal arts school. I’m studying art and engineering.

Tell me about these pants.

They’re from a secondhand store in a mountain town in Colorado. I’d never seen anything like them before.

Where are your shoes from?

COS. I bought them online.

They’ve seen better days.

Yeah, that’s what happens in Colorado. Things get worn down and dirty.

Why did you dye your hair?

My brother did it for me at home. It was a buzz cut, and at first it was orange, but then it got a lot lighter in the saltwater and sunshine over the summer.

What are you doing today?

Well, my class and I are here for the week, so today we’re just checking out all the free galleries.

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