I was amazed by her confidence. She was just as comfortable in front of the camera in a public space as I imagine her being at home with her family - a model in her element - making my job as chief photographer incredibly easy. Before we got started, though, we sat to a lunch of sorts. I filled up on liquid diet of pressed juice and a beautiful Stumptown cappuccino, while she enjoyed a sandwich. We talked over coffee where she shared with me about her life as a writer, her style and what it's like to be the daughter of fashion royalty.
A few weeks prior we had negotiated the terms of our collaboration: You curate the fashion, I'll find the shop.
Sounds simple enough, but when you are faced with a force like A Wolf in Chic Clothing, it's quite a pressing matter to find something as classy and regal as she is. I don't want to give you the wrong impression here. She is not a diva. Not demanding or imposing in the slightest. But, there is an underlying power to her. Beneath her softness there is a royalty factor that emanates from her in a most modest and graceful way.
Scrolling through my spreadsheet of Los Angeles Coffee shops - yes, I do have one - and recalling feelings, experiences, design and locations of each, it occurred to me it there is only one spot on one street in this whole city that could even begin to do this Wolf justice: Alfred Coffee & Kitchen on Melrose Place.
A Wolf In Chic Clothing has a weakness for coffee flavored frozen yogurt but is not a coffee drinker. Instead, her daily indulgence is fashion. Similarly to how a palate for coffee is acquired, developed and matured over time, this Wolf wasn't always interested in couture. "I went through a phase of being anti fashion, anti labels, completely grunge… But I suppose that is a fashion in itself," the Wolf reflected. She also spent some of her younger years as a Greaser - though embracing the 1950's style entirely was confining for her, "I didn't like how restrictive it was, if you went away from the style, you weren't accepted."
Today, this Wolf in Chic Clothing would describe her style as Schizophrenic. Her outfits are all over the map - feminine, fun, creative, ironic, well thought out, whimsical, refined and her favorite adjective to use - weird. You can tell she takes pride in the pieces she puts on her body. Her styling is meticulous.
Photographing A Wolf in Chic Clothing at Alfred turned out to be a perfect fit. Alfred is such an eclectic space on one of the most beautiful and expensive tree-lined streets in Los Angeles. It's classy but comforting. Upscale but homey. Confident yet unpretentious. Words I would also use to describe our Wolf. It was so fun to see the interplay between her and the shop environment.
With one book - a paranormal romance - and a rich history of fashion behind her, keep an eye out for this beauty.
What she is wearing: Shirt: Equipment, Collar: Vivetta, Pants: Rag and Bone, Hat: Vintage, Purse: Mark Cross, Shoes: Christian Laboutin
Thanks to Alfred Coffee & Kitchen - 8428 Melrose Place, Los Angeles, Ca, 90069