Brooklyn wept when the amazing Ning Zhou chose to head to L.A. in 2015 (doesn't it seem like everyone is moving there?) for her television career, writing for "Bloodline," a new Netflix dark comedy starring Jason Bateman, and her own pilot. I recently caught up with Ning to ask her how the move has affected her extraordinary style...
How has your style changed since moving to LA in 2015?
It's definitely more casual in LA. My wardrobe has shifted more into looser cuts, little more bohemian. I only buy jeans with holes in them now. I don't know what it is, but my knees call out for freedom and I have to oblige. I feel like there's a lot less pressure to look good out here because you're either at work, at home or in your car. In NYC, you're constantly seeing people on the street, on the subway, passing by stores and all the trends are kind of right there in front of you. In LA, you're not walking around as much and unless you are in a super trendy neighborhood like Venice, West Hollywood or Silverlake, it's not a constant fashion show.
Do you have any favorite LA based designers?
Doen, Jenni Kayne, Jesse Kamm, Current/Elliott, The Great, Heidi Merrick, Shaina Mote, Vince.
How are the sample sales in LA?
Eh. It's slim pickings compared to New York. There's definitely not the same sample sale culture there is in NYC -- most of the sales happen during weekday work hours so it's limiting. There are some East Coast labels like Rag & Bone, Rachel Comey, Phillip Lim and Reformation that have hosted sales out here, but the selection is definitely not as good as the sales in New York.
Are there any fashion trends in LA that you avoid?
Anything a Kardashian would wear.
Any LA fashion trends that you wish you could adopt?
The adorable two-piece halter/skirts that Reformation makes. At this point in my life, I think it's time to relinquish fantasies of having 6-pack abs which an outfit like that would require.
What do you miss about fashion in NYC?
People are so much more fashionable in NYC -- there's an incentive/pressure to look good. I really miss being inspired by something I see someone wearing on the subway or walking down the street. And I miss the sample sales. I really do.
What do you not miss about fashion in NYC?
The constant temptation to shop, always feeling like your wardrobe isn't complete unless you have that one last thing.