SINGAPORE - Chelsea Scott-Blackhall is the designer of homegrown label Dzojchen (pronounced 'doh-jen'), and the talented lass will be heading up to Paris Fashion Week (Sep 25 to Oct 3) under online retailer Future Fashion Now to showcase her Spring/Summer 2013 collection. That is surely one beefy task to handle, but the designer is left "humbled and excited" by her good fortune. The 30-year-old, who describes her style as "London street style, casual edgy and androgynous", spilled the deets on her style evolution - all thanks to her tinkering with her four-year-old label.
Tell us more about your style evolution.
I've come to appreciate tailoring and quality more, so my style has remained similar, but more care is taken in choosing pieces that hold depth and longevity.
What counts as your ultimate shopping weakness?
Jackets and jeans. I love a good tailored blazer, (and I) continue to feel that jeans are forever ... If Dzojchen doesn't make them, it's a pleasure supporting other designers that hold the same passion for these garments.
Have you purchased either one recently?
My most recent purchase was a pair of bespoke Diamond Walker double-monk boots. I am a huge fan of men's dapper shoes, and to find a label that can custom make a pair of shoes that cater to my men's shoe fetish - in women's sizing - credits them a fan for life.
As a designer, what do you think complements the outfit?
Confidence will always wear any outfit well. You can adopt any style or garment, but if you seem unsure about it, or take others' opinions as more worthy than your own, you will in turn devalue your sense of presence and style. "Own it" should be the mantra when looking in the mirror.
Where have you encountered your best finds?
I tend to gather great finds on ventures to market places in the various cities I travel to for work. I'm a strong believer in the mix and match (sensibility), so pairing pieces from designers such as Haider (Ackermann) with your cultured market staples coin my average outfit.