Denise Keller models our style resolutions for 2019 – think clean lines, easy shapes and a laidback approach to fashion BY AARON KOK
DENISE KELLER 36, travel presenter and producer
Sleep Walker Take the comfort of your pyjamas with you by layering a silk robe over your jeans. It’s easy, grown-up elegance done right.
Earrings, $599, from Atelier Swarovski. Equipment robe, $338, from THE OUTNET. T-shirt, $140, from Sandro. Jeans, $59.90, from Uniqlo. Rings (on right hand), from $129, from Pandora. Shoes, $1,390, from Ferragamo. Ring (worn throughout), Denise’s own.
When it comes to buying jewellery for the year ahead, think thin. Sleek, linear pieces in finer widths allow for more experimenting without complicating your look.
"I appreciate classics and more functional pieces for work now. I never knew I would say this, but I’m becoming more and more of a minimalist."
Denise Keller has had a few career reinventions, having gone from being a successful model to an MTV veejay to now, a television presenter, hosting programmes that cover everything from pop culture to luxury living and travel. She recently marked a milestone in her third act with her production company – Keller Media – celebrating 10 years of producing and presenting travel shows. Oh, and did we mention that she also teaches yoga? She wears many hats, and does it all with style. We catch up with Denise in between her busy schedule to see what she’s up to.
What she’s busy with
“I’ve just wrapped up producing and presenting a travel web series for Dream Cruises. It’s been an exciting project to be involved in. I have travelled all over the world as a travel presenter, but I’ve never filmed a travel series at sea for a whole month! The most amazing part of filming this series is watching the incredible sunsets from your balcony room almost every other day.
It was very sad to disembark as we had bonded so much with the crew and staff of the Genting Dream – they really made the experience so much more fulfilling. TripAdvisor recently launched their social platform and I am happy to be a part of this journey. For me, this is the most exciting social media platform out there, because travel is a big part of my life. Engaging on travel topics and stories resonates with me so much more.”
The Great Cover-Up
Use 2019 as an opportunity to experiment with layers, starting with a lightweight, unlined cotton coat.
Earrings, $90, from Bimba Y Lola. Coat from Maje. Top, $44.95, from H&M. Skirt, $99.90, from Zara. Shoes, $800, from Stuart Weitzman.
A Softer Side
Swap out your pressed shirts for a relaxed silk button-down instead, and see how it instantly feminises your suit.
Blazer, $149; and pants, $116, both from Topshop. Equipment shirt, $450, from NET-A-PORTER.
In the new year, make it a point to ditch the itchy wools and breathe easy in natural fabrics instead.
P by Panache earrings, $499, from Society A. Jacquemus dress, $970, from NET-A-PORTER.
A day in her life
“A regular day at work consists of either teaching yoga in the morning and/or heading straight to the office to work on different projects. Most of the work that I do is very much the same: Producing short travel programs, live event hosting gigs, or teaching yoga workshops & retreats (if time permits).”
Her personal style
“It has evolved over the years. Admittedly, I used to chase style trends, go crazy over my favourite designers and browse every fashion magazine I could get my hands on in my 20s. I loved styling myself even when I had no idea what I was doing. It was a means to express my personality during my MTV-hosting days, and especially for red carpet events. I guess you can say that I’ve significantly toned down this expression in my 30s, once I started travel presenting. I appreciate classics and more functional pieces for work now. I never knew I would say this, but I’m becoming more and more of a minimalist.”
An item she can’t live without
“I can’t live without my skincare products from Sisley. I absolutely adore everything they have; from the skincare to body care range to sun care.”
Her resolution for 2019
“Trying to live as a minimalist tends to put things into perspective and it has made me realise how fortunate I am to have the things I have. Having gratitude for what we have certainly creates more happiness and contentment. This year will be about decluttering the mind, lightening the loads, creating and studying more about the things I’ve always wanted to enrich myself in.”
Easy Does It
If one of your resolutions is to relax more, channel that mantra by pairing a slip dress with a boxy blazer.
Blazer, $520, from Sandro. Dress, $94.95, from H&M. Bracelets, from $329; and charms, from $99, all from Pandora.
FASHION STYLING: AARON KOK, ASSISTED BY JULIET SUEN / PHOTOS: VEE CHIN, ASSISTED BY PHYLLICIA WANG / MAKEUP: HONG LING, USING SISLEY PARIS / HAIR: KENNETH ONG, USING KEUNE HAIR DESIGN / LOCATION: ANOTHER STUDIO.