Lisa Teh has fast become a street style star and is one of the creative forces behind Couturing.com. Despite her collection of incredible couture pieces, she is one of the most down to earth, generous and warm spirited people you will ever meet, We had the pleasure of chatting to Lisa about her life, future goals and style tips.
Tell us a bit about yourself, Couturing.com and how you got there?
After working in tax for a few years, I struggled to work out what to do with my creative side. After doing an internship at a marketing company for a few months, I decided to start a blog focusing on the business side of fashion. While attending fashion events, I met Thom (Thom Whilton, business partner) and we got to talking about online media and found we shared the same goals, and frustrations with blogging. We then decided to work together to create Couturing.com. We initially just started off focusing on fashion but last year expanded to cover beauty and lifestyle, which has been great for us and our readership.
Couturing has given me a place to channel my creative energies and has allowed me to meet so many inspirational and talented people. Sometimes I have to pinch myself when I think the experiences I’ve had and the people I’ve met! We have a few exciting projects on the horizon which are keep us busy and I can’t wait to share them with our readers!
I’m also working on a little side project with one of my friends Bibiana Whitty who is a talented creative. We are in the process of launching a label so I’m also excited about that!
What does style mean to you?
Style to me means the way a person uses fashion to express themselves. Whether that be who they are, or how they are feeling on a particular day.
You are well known for your incredible penchant for couture pieces, who are some of your favourite designers?
My wardrobe is a mix of high street and designer items. Fast fashion stores like Zara are great if you want to update your wardrobe quickly but not break the bank, but I do love investing in designer pieces I know will stand the test of time. For bags, I can’t go past Chanel. For sentimental reasons, I love my classic 2.55 which was an anniversary present from my partner. I also love my Chanel makeup bag from Madam Virtue & Co which I use as a handbag for a great statement piece.
I love Lanvin for dresses. Alber Elbaz really knows how to flatter a woman’s body. I’m also loving what Frida Giannini is doing at Gucci and Raf Simons is doing at Dior, especially his Couture designs.
What inspires you creatively?
Unfortunately when it comes to drawing, graphics, etc I’m not very good! I can picture ideas in my mind but getting them onto paper or a computer screen is another matter! I love being around talented creative people who can take my ideas from my head and translate them onto paper
What are your tips to dressing for success?
I think it’s really important that no matter what you wear, it has to suit your body shape and colourings. There are so many different options out there, you can easily enhance your assets if you dress right. Also, be aware of what colours suit your skin tone and colourings.
What are your top three trends for A/W this year?
As much as possible I try and steer clear of obvious trends, which will probably be only around for one season. I prefer investing in trends which will stay around for a few seasons or more.
I’m loving leopard print at the moment. I don’t know if it’s really trend as it always seems to be around in some form or another, but I’m loving working a little leopard in my outfits. Whether it’s through a scarf, cute ballet flats or a jacket, it’s a classic print which is easy to work into your wardrobe. Just try and avoid cheap looking prints which will have you looking more Supre than Kenzo.
I also think leather is enjoying a revival. You can virtually get leather anything these days! Hats, leggings, t-shirts, you name it! You can’t go wrong with black leather, but I think there is more and more coloured leathered pieces going around. If you aren’t brave enough to try a red leather skirt or cobalt blue leather dress, a white leather skirt is a great way to ease a bit of coloured leather into your wardrobe.
Monochrome seems to be all the rage this Autumn/Winter. You can beat a classic white tshirt with a black leather jacket and some leather leggings. This is a great trend to invest in as black and white pieces are always trans-seasonal and can be easily mixed and matched with existing items in your wardrobe.
If you could have breakfast with anyone in the world, alive or dead, who would it be and why?
After seeing Bill Cunningham’s documentary, it’s almost impossible not to fall in love with the man! I don’t think I’ve seen anyone who loves their job as much as he does! I think he’d have some great stories to tell and for me personally, I find it inspiring being around people who love what they do.