Celebrity style is all about the new. With performers already dipping their toes into spring 2022‘s wares and influencers filling their feeds with items that just hit stores, the latest developments are well-represented. Sure, vintage-loving stars like Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner, and Miley Cyrus pepper their wardrobes with old-school looks, but it’s still easier to catch a glimpse of your favourite retro runway looks in a museum than it is to spot someone wearing them out in the real world. When everyone is wearing borrowed looks from the same three collections, it gets old fast.
That uniformity is precisely why the epic vintage looks worn by reality-star Jaime Xie stood out at fashion month. Though the Bling Empire star loves newer brands like Peter Do and Alessandra Rich, when it was time to head to Milan and Paris, Xie packed like a historian. Together with Hollywood image architect Law Roach, she revisited classic collections. For Roach, the choice reflected their commitment to sustainability. “Jaime and I are both vintage lovers, so us crossing paths was a godsend,” he shared on the phone from Los Angeles. “Recently, I’ve been putting vintage on a lot of my clients, and it’s just something that feels natural. Wearing vintage is one of the easiest ways to move forward sustainably, whether you’ve bought it at a thrift store, [the piece] was given to you by a family member, or you purchased it online.”
Xie’s wardrobe was informed by her favourite collections, among them Balenciaga spring 2008. She wore one of the now-iconic, sculpted neoprene mini-dresses to take in the designer’s latest for Louis Vuitton. At Dior, she pulled out a silk chiffon evening dress from John Galliano’s “Rasta-Mania” collection from spring 2004. A spot front row at Versace necessitated a throwback to the spring 2005 menswear show. Then, Dutch model Dewi Dreigen joined a pack of male models in a baroque slip dress with a built-in bustier and a slit a mile high; sixteen years later, Roach sourced it for Xie. Each look was different, but they shared an outré sensibility and emphasis on pattern. Roach gives Xie credit for embracing the boldness. “Jaime has quite the vintage collection, especially for someone so young,” he says. “Fashion comes first for her, and it’s been an interesting collaboration because of that. Sometimes when you work with an actor or singer, the clothes are secondary to the projects. With Jaime, fashion is at the forefront of who she is [as such] she’s willing to try anything and devotes the time to understanding style.”
For Roach, the opportunity to use clothing as an expression of self, rather than doggedly following trends, is part of what makes utilising vintage pieces so exciting. “It’s a reflection of the person,” he says. “Right now, you have items that are coveted on the resale market, like vintage Jean Paul Gaultier, Galliano, or pieces from Tom Ford’s era of Gucci. Those are incredible, of course, but you have to buy what feels right for you. My favourite look that Jaime’s worn recently was the Balenciaga she wore with the boots from the runway. I keep looking at the picture because it’s just so good, a wonderful homage to Nicolas, but it also encapsulates Jaime’s style. The connection she had to that piece was strong. It was the right girl in the right dress, at the right moment, but we’ve got plenty more in store.” Watch this space!
Below, Xie shares a closer look at her entire fashion month wardrobe and its inner workings.
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Kicking off MFW by supporting my dear friend Fausto at the Roberto Cavalli show.
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Getting ready for Prada.
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Arriving at Prada and decided to style this coat with my new fave boots from Alexandre Vauthier for an extra pop of colour.
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Prada Big Bird.
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Off to Versace wearing one of my favourite vintage dresses, Law sourced this for me from Versace’s Menswear spring 2005 collection.
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With the queen herself, Donatella Versace, backstage after the beautiful show!
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I was obsessed with this dress and wanted to take a few more pics when I got back to the hotel in front of the service elevator.
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For Paris, Law found another incredible vintage piece for me to wear. This Dior Raasta dress is from Galliano’s spring 2004 collection, and it is another one of my favourites. I thought the headscarf and matching bag completed the entire look.
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The back of the dress is just as beautiful as the front.
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Ready for the Jean Paul Gaultier party wearing a gold metallic bodysuit vest and matching skirt from the spring 1989 collection.
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Off to the Gaultier party.
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Law and I at Gaultier.
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Another day of feasting after fashion week parties. I found some vegan ramen and so many other yummy vegan snacks and chocolates in Paris.
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Ready for Valentino.
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Happy to reunite with Mr. Louboutin at the Valentino show.
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Matching with the decor inside the show. This poncho kept me warm all night as the weather was cold and rainy. I felt like a Valentino Christmas tree ornament!
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At the Valentino after-party with the talented Pierpaolo.
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Not many vegan options in Paris, so I’ve been eating avocado toast day and night.
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Last show of PFW. Thank you, Louis Vuitton.
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Pre-show photos at Le Bristol. Law and I thought it would be a statement to wear one of Nicolas Ghesquière’s most iconic collections for Balenciaga (spring 2008) to his Louis Vuitton spring 2022 show this season.
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One of my favourite make-up looks from fashion week.
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Louis Vuitton at the Louvre.
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Inside the beautiful venue for Louis Vuitton tonight. The entire ceiling was decked out in glittering vintage chandeliers.
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When I got back to the hotel, I realised I matched the flower arrangements at Le Bristol, so I wanted to take one last pic during my last night in Paris.
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I’m vegan and lactose intolerant, but I couldn’t resist the Parisian pastries; they were worth the stomach ache!
This article was originally published on Vogue.com.