Monling Lee of Color Index for Redeem / by Lori Parkerson

Two years ago, Monling Lee started using Instagram to share photographs inspired by color combinations she found in Jim Krause's book "Color Index." She posts pictures of D.C. architecture and the peeling paint of alleyways as well as self-portraits. The portraits encapsulate Monling's style and eye for design along with some of her favorite areas in D.C. Soon, Monling stepped away from using Krause's color combinations and began to create her own. People around the world took notice and #ColorIndex's following grew. 

Monling is a friend of the shop, and we were curious what she might assemble from our SS15 collection knowing - of course - that monochromatic black is not her style. Monling gravitated towards two new lines (Singapore based Styl.Myl.  and BLCKHRT of Indonesia) and spent as much time exploring menswear as women's. Locations were chosen that might compliment the blues, greens and pinks of the looks and local photographer Emma Mcalary stood by to capture moments on a very windy day in March. The results of the shoot are photos featuring Monling in sharp, simple silhouettes that represent her, and our clothing, beautifully. Special thanks to all involved in the project. 

(Top to bottom) BLCKHRT skirt ($205) and dress ($192), ceramic necklace by MUDA ($180), shoes and glasses are her own. / Styl.Myl. white top ($195) and blue top ($180), Just Female shorts ($142), shoes and glasses are her own. / Native Danger sweatshirt (sale $180), Styl.Myl. vest ($315) and pants ($225), sunglasses by Le Specs, shoes are her own.