Vintage Comme des Garçons and Up-to-the Minute Theophilio—What Paloma Elsesser Wears in a Week


Model Paloma Elsesser’s style is advanced. She seeks out fresh perspectives, championing and even helping make the careers of certain young designers. She doesn’t hop onto trends because of virality, either. Each piece in the model’s closet is intentional and meticulously considered, reflecting her values of community. Plus, she has serious fashion knowledge. (Hello, archival Comme des Garçons.) Elsesser, in short, is the ultimate trendsetter—among the few who lead the triumphant circularity of what’s cool, all while making space for inclusivity.

All this is incredibly clear in just a small fraction of her epic wardrobe as presented in our latest 7 Days 7 Looks. In the episode, we see Elsesser wax poetic about what she might wear in a week—looks filled with cool-cool labels helmed by a young and diverse crop of designers.

We see her wear Brooklyn-based label Theophilio, New York City–based designer Timo Sassen, and size-inclusive womenswear studio Karoline Vitto alongside Marni and Chanel. She sports pieces by industry friendlies, including her best friend’s brand, Miaou, and Dos Swim (a brand Elsesser recently collaborated with on a size-inclusive swim capsule). She shops vintage pieces from storied vintage dealers like Gabriel Held (“I love the way that there’s just different lives [a piece] lives,” she says) and wears Clarks Wallabees because she loved the way they looked on her brother and father.

Elsesser’s fashion prowess shines through her styling too. The model’s assembly of an outfit is just as interesting as the individual pieces she collects. Each look offers balance: She softens baggy Carhartt work pants with kelly green Chanel ballet flats or roughs up a slinky, cutout skirt by adding a messy knot to the back of her white Telfar tank. “It shows that I am a little bit nuanced,” she explains.

To Elsesser, sexy isn’t just about showing skin; it’s about knowing her body. Her grown-and-sexy look features an archival Comme des Garçons tartan wrap top, cinched perfectly at the waist, paired with oversized trousers by Karoline Vitto that show off just a sliver of midriff. “Knowing my body and knowing how I like to dress, I can spot if something is going to work,” the model says. The model’s night-of-romance look features a skirt with a cutout at the hip, also by Karoline Vitto, and a cropped asymmetric tank by Telfar. “I wouldn’t have ordinarily worn this. I wouldn’t have chosen something like this, but I think now, after I turned about 25, I started leaning into the more femme divinity within me,” the model explains. “It’s cool to show a little skin in a way that feels personally a little bit more authentic to me. It’s not just breasts, which is also fab, it’s not just butt, but I feel like this part of my body I like. I think it shows that I think critically about my body, and I think that’s cool.”

From a vintage Muhammad Ali–emblazoned Dolce & Gabbana tank top to up-and-coming shoe brand Ugo Paulon and Bottega accessories, take a walk in Paloma Elsesser’s self-described “wild and wacky” wardrobe.

Monday

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Carhartt Rugged Flex relaxed-fit heavyweight double-front utility logger jeans

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Spanx Higher Power shaper panties

Loewe XL Flamenco Knot leather tote

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Manolo Blahnik Lurum 90 satin heels

Marshall Columbia black mini plush bag

Tuesday

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Telfar asymmetric cable-knit top

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Amina Muaddi Gilda black patent leather mini bag

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Ugo Paulon Patel black kitten-heel mules

Mudd Pearl x Vetrova earring

Amina Muaddi Ciao Bella black crystal and silk mini bag

Wednesday

Marni crocheted multicolored wool sweater

Dion Lee black cotton parachute trousers

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The Elder Statesman navy tie-dyed sherpa bucket hat

Clarks Wallabee boots in maple suede

Thursday

Bea Bongiasca single curl wine earrings

Mudd Pearl Moth Fantasies necklace

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Bea Bongiasca Baby Vine tendril gold, enamel, and topaz ring

Church’s Kara white leather loafers

Fendi croissant small shoulder bag

Friday

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Comme des Garçons vintage 2006 top

Karoline Vitto belly-button trousers

Panconesi Upside Down hoop earrings

Ottolinger red ceramic bag

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Marco Panconesi Solar ring in zircons

Saturday

Dos Swim Nero top and Talus bottoms

Dries Van Noten Clavelly embroidered printed cotton-poplin shirt

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Theophilio Freedom Rasta tank dress

Bottega Veneta yellow acetate cat-eye sunglasses

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Bottega Veneta wraparound snake-effect leather sandals

Adina’s Jewels large hollow hoop earrings

Sunday

Timo Sassen black suspender top

Staud Sasha mini resin and leather shoulder bag

Bea Bongiasca Flower Power 9-karat gold and crystal hoop earrings

Coperni square-toe slingback ballerina flats

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