As someone who commutes on a weekly basis between her studio in East London and her apartment in Paris’ 9th arrondissement, it helps that Semaine co-founder Michelle Lu has had a lot of practise in globe-trotting while managing to look effortlessly put together. While working as Mario Testino’s Creative Producer her non-stop schedule could take her from Lima to Tokyo to LA within a few weeks. So, Lu has honed a uniform of high quality, seasonless pieces. Here, she puts her signature tomboyish twist on the Coco Dress and Veronica Blouse and lets us in on her clever packing strategy.
I had a desire to create a platform that experiments with moving content, and to create something that treats fashion and culture with a levity and wit that they might not normally be associated with. We were also trying to answer the needs of a woman who is multifaceted and interested in wellbeing too.
Michelle wears the Veronica Blouse in Red Vintage Flowers
Someone who has a real identity and who wears clothes of quality that she will have in her wardrobe forever and wear for seasons to come. I love the Veronica Blouse because it looks great with a pair of jeans on a work day or for meetings. I can even wear it with vintage trackpants. And the dress worn with socks and loafers is the perfect weekend look, which I can dress up with a dark red lip for more of an evening vibe.
Chinese jackets, body suits, socks, loafers and glasses. I have core pieces that I like adding quirky accessories to.
To always bring red lipstick and great jewellery so I can dress up a day look for the evening. And to leave room in my suitcase for the things I’ll pick up along the way.
The autobiography of Simone Viel called A Life, The Courage of Hopelessness by Slavoj Žižek and I’ve just finished The Quiet American by Graham Greene.
All of Ebo Taylor’s albums
Are by Mary Ramsden. They were a gift from two friends for my 30th birthday. I have them at home in Paris – my place is quite minimal so I love the femininity and simplicity of her work.
Involves just walking around the city – you can take in its beauty which never gets old. When I first moved to Paris, my friend who is a director showed me all of the tiny old cinemas that play films like Le Champo and Studio Christine, so I love going to those
Has been ruined by the acronym (!), but I suppose nothing says it better than ‘you only live once’!
Michelle wears the Coco Dress in the Red Orchid Leopard Print
INTERVIEW BY: GILLIAN BRETT
PHOTOGRAPHY: JESSICA MAHAFFEY
STYLIST: KENDAL BOYLE
HAIR & MAKE-UP: CLAIRE DE GRAFT