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Let's go inside some of the industry's greatest closets off the runway and off camera.  Everything on this site is handpainted by the author. Follow me on Instagram @theclosetinterview and @annthaden.

Chen Cong

Chen Cong

Today I’m meeting Chen Cong in Milan.  Chen is a runway model who appeared on the runway for Dolce and Gabbana’s Fall/Winter 2018 menswear show.  He was wearing this phenomenal polar bear backpack and stood out from all of the Dolce Gabbana Princes on the runway! Of course I needed to paint this magical runway moment and I've followed Chen ever since.  Follow Chen @ch3n2ong

Hello, It’s Ann.  It’s great to see you.  Can I interview your closet?

What’s your favorite T-Shirt? Where and why did you buy it?  I would like to say definitely my Dior t-shirt. Dior is so cool and I like shopping online.

Are you a sweater person or a sweatshirt person?  Sweatshirts make me comfortable. I’m a sweatshirt person.

What did you wear on your last girl’s night or guy’s night out?  I remember that I was wearing a sweatshirt with coat which is from HM&Balmain the show I did last year.




What did you do together?  I was invited by Esquire magazine for their fashion night party. I was chilling with fashion blogger and celebrity friends. The party was so cool!

What drink do you like to order on a night out?  Champagne! Champagne is always best for celebrating.

What music do you enjoy on a night out?  Recently it's Purple Lamborghini from the movie Suicide Squad.

Where do you want to travel to next?  I am going to travel to Paris for the Paris fashion week hoping to get cast in more shows there.

What essentials would you pack for the trip? The Casquette (baseball cap). 


What non-essential thing would you pack for this trip?  The most non-essential thing was a tie because I’m not the type of person who wears a tie very often.

What did you wear to school when you were young?  In China all students must wear sportswear which is our school uniform, quite different from Europe in that they usually wear more formal suits.

What is the coolest thing you wore in High School? Jacket and sneakers.

What is the biggest splurge or investment piece you purchased?  Must be the Adidas x Yeezy Boost 350. Because they sold out online right away I had to buy them from another source for twice price. 

Do you feel the investment has been worthwhile?  Yes it’s been worthwhile.  I have to say that Kanye West has his own way about designing shoes that persuaded me to buy it at such a high price.



What is your favorite fashion bargain? How much do you wear it?  Accessories like a ring that I wear almost every single day.

What do you wear when you work out?  Black jumper and black trousers.

What do you wear to the grocery store?  T shirt and shorts.

What shoes do you wear in the rain?  I wear sneakers more often when it’s raining.

What shoes do you wear for a party?  For the party I like wear in lace-up shoes.

What do you wish you had in your closet but don’t have?  The latest formal suit from Dior Homme.



Which celebrity’s closet would you raid?  Kanye West.

What did you last give away in your closet and who did you give it to?  I gave my friend a sunglasses as a present which is from  Versace.

What is the best piece of clothing or accessory that someone else bought for you?  My friends bought me a black shirt from BORIS BIDJAN SABERI 11. That was the coolest thing I’ve ever had before.

What piece(s) of jewelry do you wear every day?  I wear a ring from KD 2024 which I wear very often.  It cost around $500.

Do you wear a fragrance?  Yes, almost every day, it makes me more charming.

Thanks for letting me interview your closet Chen.  I’m glad I got to know you better too.  Now would you mind if I borrowed your Dior T shirt?


Bianca Cook

Bianca Cook

Rachel Ebelle

Rachel Ebelle