Who wants to dress like a model off duty when you can dress like a race car driver off duty?
New York Fashion Week has officially come to a close this season. Between running to shows all week, scouting the newest ready-to-wear and accessories collections, half of the fun is choosing what you will wear.
While I might be the most atypical as a traditional fashion editor gets, I've decided to opt away from the ever-so-popular, model off duty look to pay homage to the style of race car drivers off duty, women and men alike. The photographs of James Hunt, Nikki Lauda, and Jochen Rindt waiting in the pits, clad with Carrera sunglasses, unbuttoned racing suits, t-shirt, and loafers lend to the most understated cool look.
While I was thumbing through, Gasoline and Magic at the photo studio of photographer, Stephen Lewis during a shoot, I stumbled across a photo of race car driver Liane Engemann. In the photo, she is leaning against her Ford Anglia race car, sporting her race suit with a bright yellow jacket draped over her shoulders. Her socks came up over the bottom of her race suit and her feet tucked into camel colored loafers (pictured above).
Engemann, hailing from Holland, started out in Formula Vee. She moved to the United Kingdom to race saloons, including Mini Coopers. She continued to race in Formula Vee and European Formula Three, driving a Brabham BT21. Engemann also competed in the Sebring 12 Hours, driving a Matra Djet, then later took on the Spa 24 Hours, this time in an Alfa-Romeo Benelux-run 1750 Berlina and won with partner, Bob Wallek.
During New York Fashion Week, I decided to embody Engemann's cool girl style with some of my other racing heroes. The race car driver off duty look is part classic, part atheleisure. After all, you have to be ready to go at a moment's notice.
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