Dabbling in themes close to all women’s heart – broken hearts, to traversing multiple identities, we are all fans of Rupi Kaur‘s writing. But then Rupi Kaur made us do a double-take promoting her latest NY Time bestseller Sun and Her Flowers. We followed some of her book tour appearances to understand the ‘Rupi Kaur Style manual’.
But first! An introduction to the man behind her looks…
With Christian Classen at the helm, Rupi Kaur’s entourage was successful in making head turning fashion statements. Rupi walked in labels like Olivier Theyskens, Sies Marjan and Dior thanks to the artistic vision of Classen. Classen is a well learned stylist starting at the early age of 16 under his grandmother who was a celebrity stylist herself. Having previously styled the likes of Grace Van Patten, Brie Larson, Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Olsen, Hailee Steinfeld, he has a genuine knack for unique and creative styling. His work experience includes collaborations with photographers Mert + Marcus, Ellen Von Unwerth, Paola Kudacki, Petra Collins, Guy Aroch, and Stevie Mada. After years under celebrated fashion stylist Kate Young, Christian launched his solo career with his main client Selena Gomez. He was highly appreciated for the looks he created for Selena Gomez during her revival tour.
He quite understood Rupi’s aesthetic vibe dressing her mostly in free flowing and airy gowns with minimal makeup and jewellery. Very raw very underdone, very fuss free, very cool very chic and a magical and poetic vibe very well suited to Kaur’s eccentric nature. Here is a list of 10 labels that Rupi Kaur & Chritian Classen opted for.
Rupi Kaur style takeaway…
As fresh as Rupi Kaur’s genre of poetry – direct, easily understood, relate-able – her style on her book tour too was an absolute refresh, serving us some of fresh fashion labels. One of the thing to put on sticky-note from Rupi Kaur’s style was that you can be fashionable without having to drive yourself crazy layering & pairing. Each look was driven by a simple dress.
2nd October 2017–New York
The Dress- Fiery red gown with lace details
The label- Dior
The brand needs no introduction. Christian Dior has long been the embodiment of decadence when it comes to couture. Their picturesque gowns have been adorned by Celebrities, Royalty, Famous Politicos and Models because of course a Dior dress isn’t just a dress it is an experience. The label is a staple at all the glamorous events, Oscars, Golden Globes, Met Ball and Cannes Film Festivals. So of course Rupi Kaur christened her red carpet look for her book’s debut in New York with a fabulous Dior Gown.
6th October 2017–Montreal
The dress- A real simple minimalist plain white long sleeve gown with side cuts
The Label- The Row
Aesthetic: Quiet sophistication via fabric & silhouette. The Row is the brainchild of Twin sisters Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen. The luxury brand uses colours sparingly, subtle embellishments and austere designs. It all began with their search for the perfect T-shirt. The creation of the T-shirt led to the creation of a clothing line named after London’s high end fashion street Savile Row known for men’s tailoring.
7th October 2017-Toronto
The dress – Teal coloured, Tie-Front Silk Bias Gown
The label- Olivier Theyskens
Aesthetic: Liquid Romance. Theyskens is a Belgian fashion designer who has helmed creative duties at prominent design houses – Rochas, Nina Ricci and finally at Theory. Romantic is the word that is often associated with his work which includes asymmetries, dark yet bright colouring mixed in long liquidy silks and tailoring that mimics the flow of water. Theyskens’s gown on Rupi gives us the plush, fuss free feeling. We loved this so much we dug deep enough to find the dress and its price which is $2,750.00. It can be yours at Bergdorf Goodman here.
10th October 2017-Washington DC
The Dress- Navy blue off-shoulder combo dress with parallel pants
The label- Creatures of Comfort
Aesthetic: Reductive chic. Jade Lai, founder of Creatures of Comfort, is all about practical underplayed yet luxe basics. Her in-house line based in New York and Los Angeles operates on a simple objectives of beauty comfort and durability combining uncompromising, durable materials sourced from Japan and Italy. Each Creatures of Comfort collection springs from a foundational concept, with sleekly minimalist modernism, a quirky practicality, and the pursuit of the playfully elegant perennially recurrent in Lai’s thoughtful designs as she creates unique, but wearable, pieces meant to become mainstays in a woman’s wardrobe. Augmenting the seasonal stories are collaborations with like-minded brands and creative allies that support and expand upon the underlying thematic narratives. And Rupi Kaur, without doubt is the perfect creative ally.
Rupi’s outfit from her label with its off shoulder tunic upper and parallel bottoms shows where labor and leisure go hand in hand. Simple yet stylish, Creatures of Comfort is all about ease over fuss. Follow them on Instagram. Next time you happen to be traveling through US, stop by at the store.
12th October 2017- Boston
The Dress- Sleeveless, Handkerchief style-hem silk floral dress
The Label- Sies Marjan
Aesthetic: Slip me some sexy!
The label is our absolute favorite! It’s a must own! Although we do wish Rupi’s had opted for something else from the label.
The Sies Marjan story is an interesting one. Ralph Rucci, an American designer best known for his haute-couture skills and devoted private clientele, found an investor to back him – his client Nancy Marks, wife of billionaire investor Howard Marks. However Rucci walked out of the his namesake label leaving behind his creative team and ateliers. Instead of developing the label, they found designer Sander Lak to fill in and found a new label. And Sies Marjan turned out to be a wildly successful show at the otherwise dissed New York Fashion Week.
Designer Sander Lak’s label ready-to-wear label Sies Marjan is fairly straightforward fashion made not so by Lak’s confident designs, outrageous use of color and a sense of laidback sexiness & swing. His attention to tailoring his dresses in a draped, wrapped, bias-cut, slouched fashion have a real sense of swing. Lak’s lovely silk dresses in hot and pale pink on Rupi has the stand out attitude. Fashion addicts we do you one better if you loved this dress you can find it at barney’s online for $1800
13th October 2017-Austin
The Dress- Free flowing full sleeve Midi off white floral dress
The Label- Dolce & Gabbana
Aesthetic: Sicilian opulence
Italian powerhouse Dolce & Gabbana headed by Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, is famed for its designs rooted in Sicilian elegance and romance of Italian heritage. Off-setting sensuality with figure-flattering shapes, beautifully tailored dresses in exquisite lace and Sicilian prints have become their trademark in recent seasons. However Rupi’s dress was more flowy than tethered to her body with heavy floral prints. We still felt the classy Italian vibes in a more airy and soft manner.
16th October 2017-Kansas City
The Dress- Mustard yellow backless one-shoulder satin gown
The Label- Prabal Gurung
Aesthetic: Bold, real & graceful
Fashion Genius hailing from Nepal, Prabal Gurung is a favourite amongst celebrities. His elegant silhouettes have been worn by Kate Middleton, Michelle Obama, Diane Kruger. Gurung, relatively young label yet extremely successful, is known for his bold use of colours and playful risks in his designs. His dress on Rupi has a direct appeal we can not ignore. An autumny ochre, it’s a charming attractive asymmetrically draped gorgeous goddess dress.
17th October 2017- Calgary
The Dress- Hot Pink sleeveless floral printed waist-defining ties,crepe midi
The Label- Proenza Schouler
Aesthetic: Gamine & technical
Proenza Schouler established in 2002 by design duo Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez is an award winning luxury and retail brand. Recipient of the CFDA award the brand has a keen eye for generous volumes and rich, multi layered prints sharp, sculptural tailoring and the iconic androgynous silhouettes. Custom-developed fabrics and a modern but artisanal attention to detail define the brand. Rupi’s Proenza Schouler dress is another interpretation of the handkerchief hem with a mix of abstract silhouettes and commanding tailoring. The contrasting hot-pink, red crepe dress is a fine example of the designer’s genius craftsmanship. This dress can be yours! head over to matchesfashion right now!
19th October 2017-Los Angeles
The Dress- full sleeve dragon embroidered and poppy printed crepe dress.
The Label – Gucci
Aesthetic: Vintage, eclectic, unsophisticated retro cool-kids sexy.
Alessandro Michele, known as Lallo to his friends, officially brought his idiosyncratic and eccentric sense of style to Gucci in January 2015 when he was announced as Gucci’s new creative director. Having worked with top brands like Les Copains, Karl Lagerfeld, Silvia Venturini Fendi at Fendi, Tom Ford and Frida Giannini his experience quickly transformed Gucci into fashion’s most coveted label infusing its luxury aesthetic with an eclectic romantic vintage edge. A blur of colourful, floridly embroidered appliqué animals, butterflies and snakes and tigers, have redefined the Gucci experience. Rupi kaur’s is an impactful printed dress which screams Gucci’s newly adopted signature riot of colour and romantic retro edge. Find this dress at Matchesfashion.
22nd October 2017-San Francisco
The Dress- Ivory satin wrap dress with dolman sleeves and black velvet waist tie
The Label- Adam Lippes
Aesthetic: Everyday feel-good
Adam lippes coined the term athluxury. The New York based designer is known for sophisticated take on American sportswear. Founded in 2004, his label captures the essence of American sportswear with clean lines and elegant separates. His label aims to offer luxe pieces for the occasion termed ‘the everyday’. Knife-pleat skirts, chiffon shirt dresses, silk tuxedo track pants, satin sweatshirts and slip dresses made through precise cut, fit, colour and details. The sublime white silk dress made from one piece of fabric worn by Rupi oozes, sophistication ease and confidence. If you love it like we do, it’s up here for you to cop.