When it comes to style, there’s always something we have to thank our mums for, whether it’s good genes or a good pair of jeans. This Mother’s Day, model Angie Watkins can thank her mum Patricia for both.
Angie, what did you covet from your mum’s wardrobe as a child?
Angie: She used to have these nude strappy high heels and I was obsessed with them. Mum would never let me play with them because they were so expensive! She actually took the box and put it on the top shelf where I couldn’t reach... until I got taller.
Patricia: I remember that. I would tell her not to touch them, but when I came home I could tell that she had. I love accessories. I’m a big fan of watches, rings and bracelets. Actually, that’s how we started dressing up together. I would ask Angie, “Do I look nice in this?” And she would say, “Oh no, no, take this one instead,” and she would go get something from her cupboard.
A: I used to try on all her high heels. We’re pretty much the same size too, so when I was around 12, I would just wear her heels and walk around the house. Then I’d try on her scarves and accessories and dress up.
Do you think certain styles that were popular before are back again?
A: We were just talking about that. How things like bell bottoms are back again.
P: The high-waisted pants – I used to have so many of those. The heels are the same right now. And the chokers from the ’90s – I used to wear a lot of those as well. But the old styles are a lot more flattering now. Things are better made these days.
Do you inspire each other fashion-wise?
A: Yeah. My mum likes to wear a lot of figure-hugging, fitted outfits. So for a while, I was wearing the same type of clothes, and it was definitely because of her. When I saw how good she looked, I was, like, “I want to look like that too!”
P: When Angie started modelling, I could see her become very conscious about fashion. We’re not very trendy, but I think we both know what suits our body types.
<b>On Angie</b>: Polyester/satin blazer, $79.90, H&M. Beaded top, $265.30, Magalipascal.
com. Viscose pants, $199, H&M. Sparkling Set earrings, $299 (for a set with necklace),
Gray layered necklace, $299, Crystalline Pure watch, $699, all from Swarovski.
<b>On Patricia</b>: Satin dress, $259, NBD from Eclecticism. Sparkling Set necklace, $299
(for a set with earrings), Gray ring, $179, both Swarovski.
A: But I’m more conservative now.
P: Yeah, her current style is very “homeless”, as I like to call it. Everything is baggy, baggy, baggy.
A: Nowadays, I don’t really dress up! I don’t wear dresses very often, but she loves me in them. I literally own, like, 10 pairs of sweatpants and that’s all I wear. I’m more into comfort now.
Were there any accessories that really caught your eye at the shoot?
A: We’re actually going to buy the little rose gold heart necklace. My 21st birthday is coming up and it’s something my dad can get me.
<b>On Angie</b>: Viscose blazer, $199, H&M. Top, stylist’s own. Cotton pants, $129, Topshop. Crystaldust double bangle (worn as choker), $189, Swarovski.
<b>On Patricia</b>: Viscose top, $89.90, H&M. Polyester pants, $69.90, ZARA. Sparkling necklace, $199, Crystaldust cuff, $149, Gray ring, $179, all from Swarovski.
<b>On Angie</b>: Polyester top, $36.90,
Topshop. Satin skirt, $159, H&M.
Generation earrings, $299 (for a set
with necklace), Sparkling necklace,
$199, Gray necklace, Gray ring, $199,
Lovely Crystals Mini watch, $899, all
<b>On Patricia</b>: Brocade coat, $199,
polyester top, $34.95, cotton pants,
$59.90, all H&M. Gray necklace, $199,
Gray ring, $179, both Swarovski.
Photography Micky Wong Styling Lauren Alexa Chan Hair Ash Loi/Atelier Hair and Beauty, using La Biosthetique Paris Makeup Hongling using YSL Beaute Location SPRMRKT Text Compiled By Karen Fong.