Not long ago, my favourite cat was in town. We tossed around balls of socks and chugged down cups of her favourite cat-nip tea, then headed out and about in search of some fun. I was excited to have her in London as my personal rag-doll for the evening. We dressed, dragged and snapped her round town. In our finest range of socks, accompanied with clothes from American Vintage, we took her to London Fields and Broadway Market, which became a personal playground where the kids don’t matter.
Maybe you already know her as skinnykatwoman or as one of the new faces of the latest Marc by Marc Jacobs campaign, but I first met Nadia a couple of years ago back home in Singapore. She immediately struck me as somebody that’s gonna be somebody someday. Her stunning beauty combined with a personality that stops traffic, it was a no-brainer.
These days, you can find her turning heads at ritzy sushi joint, Kilo, or “contorting her body into aesthetically appealing poses in front of the camera”, cheekily avoiding the fact that she could just be called a model. Trust me, this girl moves mountains with her face.
I have shot Nadia before, but this was slightly different. Her dressing philosophy is completely juxtaposed to what we put her in that night. “If it makes people go “why/how/what”, then I’m wearing it…”
Socksy was originally aimed to serve the discerning man, but our soirée with Nadia goes to show that these are socks for anyone with a passion for style, art and design. Break the paradox. Who are we to stereotype? “People are still assigning types of clothing to specific genders and that’s such a backward way of thinking,” she laments, “we should be free to wear whatever we want, as long as we are comfortable in it.”
We ended the night in a seedy basement bar in Hackney. With live music blaring upstairs and all in high spirits, we realised this girl had plenty to say and we listened. All our cards are on the table, and all we have is a full house. The best combination to bring out who you are. To be part of a community who understands and embraces the need for self-expression, starting from the feet-up.
“I follow the words of dream hampton”, she tells me, “Never waste your time trying to explain who you are to people who are committed to misunderstanding you.”