Part 9: The Style Alumnae

Name: Estelle Michaelides

Occupation: Designer of Micky In The Van and owner of The Estelle Store

What’s your definition of style?

Style comes from within, it’s an innate knowing of who you are and shines through in the clothes you wear. Style should be an authentic expression, it should tell your story.

You inspire and empower many women with your own style, who are your fashion icons and inspirations?

I have a deep fascination for women from all cultures. I’m intrigued at how they adapt their customary attire and traditional costumes to their day to day wears. So the answer to this is all women inspire me. As far as fashion icons go it would have to be Janna Kim… her Instagram is @jannakimmsc (definitely worth taking a look).

Why did you select this Micky In The Van outfit?

My designs are open to interpretation as I hope you’ve discovered through the series of interviews. I chose to wear the Tanya Take Two Dress as it worked so well with the story I was trying to convey. I don’t know why, but I just wanted to appear like I had just stepped out of an African ceremonial circle. My style is my expression and it changes and my clothes need to work in accordance with this.

What are three key items of clothing/accessories/footwear that you believe are must haves?

1: A beautifully tailored blazer. It’s imperative!
2: A pearl necklace. There’s something quite special about wearing a pearl necklace and it can be worn with ANY outfit.
3: Now this one is very specific but for me, it’s my go to item when I’m in doubt: an oversized long top (long enough to be worn as a dress also) in a gorgeous fabric (say a wool jersey). When I’m having one of ‘those’ days I can wear this and it looks like I’ve made an effort but in fact I’ve just hurled it on… and I can drop it off one shoulder, belt it up, throw on a pearl necklace, heel it up and that’s me done!.
Can I cheekily add one more item? Red lipstick!!! Somehow red lipstick makes everything ok!

What would be one essential piece of fashion advice that you’d like to pass on to the sisterhood?

Follow your instinct, it will never fail you. Be as bold and gregarious as you like with what you wear and do not live in fear of being ridiculed (an onlookers ridicule is a digression from their own inadequacies). If it feels right to you, then IT IS right.

What is a mantra/quote that you follow that has helped you with your success?

It’s actually something I wrote in my journal a few years ago and have never forgotten it; Courage is what will set you free. The courage to believe in your worth and know that it has merit, the courage to follow the path that was written for you even if that means sacrificing financial security (you will be ok) and the courage to keep walking forth even when you stumble.

This is the last of The Style Alumnae for this series. If I can just take this moment to thank you all for having such an enthusiastic interest in all the interviews and images. Due to the success of this project, I will be presenting series 2 in the near future!

Love and light,

Estelle x

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