In the oversaturated fashion blogosphere, there are very few bloggers whose style is so unique, so well thought-out, and so cohesive that it's just impossible to ignore. While there are about 10 power bloggers in the world with undoubtedly impeccable style, there are few with an aesthetic so defined that from one outfit to the next it looks like a veritable mood board. In a nutshell, this distinction is what makes Vancouver-based blogger Vanessa Hong of The Haute Pursuit so special.
And her signature style? Everything about Hong screams minimalistic architecturalism; much of her wardrobe is comprised of black, white, and gray pieces, sharp lines, and monochromatic ensembles. "My style is very clean. You rarely will see me in patterns," Hong says. "I think that aesthetic came through when I was developing my own style. A lot of my friends are in Beijing and work in the fashion industry, and everybody wears black. So I do a lot of black, white, gray, and blue."
"My Instagram, I see it as a mood board. I always like to see a common theme on the mood board," Hong tells us. "So one week I might want to incorporate purple, so I’ll slowly start showing that all I’m doing is purple or denim-on-denim or wearing white. I like the idea of wearing solid colors—from head to toe. I think it’s a really super powerful thing, seeing someone head to toe in one color."
To show you what we mean, we collaborated with Hong and had her pick her 10 favorite outfits of all time. You can see a common thread through all her looks, even the ones that are slightly different. Keep scrolling to see Hong's 10 favorite looks ever, and what she loves about each one!
"I remember seeing Anja Rubjik in Paris last season leaving a show in a complete knit ensemble, and I was totally floored. I knew I had to recreate it, so I did it with this set from Whistles. Super simple, but super impactful!"
"I love this Barbara Bui leopard rain coat. It reminded me of tortoiseshell barrettes I used to wear as a little girl. The texture and fit was perfect with this fluted skirt, which made for some incredible movement!"
"As much as I might seem like a color-phobe, I actually love color. In this outfit, I didn't wear one drop of black (or gray!). I think I was in a very playful mood this day, and wanted my clothes to look as happy as I felt—hence the pink-plosion!"
"I love this Carven top. Crop tops are my thing. And this top (actually made of two separate pieces) felt like armor. I paired it with this high-waisted skirt, and instead of wearing heels, I wore these great Opening Ceremony sneakers that I own in at least two other colorways."
"I can only describe this outfit as being pure, unfiltered magic. I wore this on my last day at Paris Fashion Week around the Louvre. It's hand-made by this incredible design duo named Dyspnea. The girls personally delivered the dress to me, which was so delicate: completely transparent nude mesh with fur lining the sides. It also glittered!"
"I really love a washed-out blue, especially being blonde. I remember when I wore this, I wanted something casual but put-together at the same time. I love a loose white tee and boyfriend jeans—this is my own spin on it!"
"I love this Theysken's Theory coat. It's the perfect duster coat. I'm also obsessed with turtlenecks; they are a favorite, and a staple in my closet. And these jeans! They were sold originally on my THP Shop, but they're now sold out. They're great all year round."
"Sometimes, I just want something uncomplicated. To me that means a solid black outfit paired with interesting pieces. In this case, I wore a minimal backpack from The Row, THP Bound Cuffs on my wrist, and military-inspired Balenciaga boots on my feet."
"A lot of my inspiration for fashion comes from '90s hip-hop. A lot of Hype Williams music videos, and the like. This was my riff of a B-girl outfit, complete with Adidas Superstars!"
"This past fashion season, I was all about lilac. This top-suit made me feel very put together and powerful. I don't often wear wide trousers but this ensemble had me changing my mind!"
Which is YOUR favorite look of Vanessa Hong's? Tell us in the comments below!