Interior Designer Nam Dang-Mitchell's Style Is Classic with a Twist | Calgary's Best Dressed 2018

Whether it's pairing skinny jeans with a silk pyjama shirt or an antique marble mantelpiece with modern abstract art, Nam Dang-Mitchell creates looks with both gravity and fun.



 

photograph by Colin Way

Styling by Kara Chomistek and Jessie Li; Makeup by Joanne Black; hair by Sue Thompson

Top from COS; pants from Zara; earrings from BaubleBar; bracelet from Bird; vintage 1970’s watch by Rolex; Chloé bag from Holt Renfrew

 

Nam Dang-Mitchell’s wardrobe choices are much like the homes she crafts as a sought-after interior designer. “The foundation of my style is classicism and then there’s an element that contrasts it, that makes it feel relevant,” she says. Whether she is dressed for a meeting, a work site or an evening out, Dang-Mitchell’s style seems so much a part of who she is that each biographical revelation makes you think, “Oh, of course.” Of course she was born in France and moved to Calgary at the age of six — that must have influenced her natural elegance and her use of clothing as both a communication tool and a shield. Of course she has a fine arts degree from the University of Calgary — that must have influenced her sense of the emotional power of texture, colour and line. Her background as a designer may have given her an appreciation for pedigreed brand names, but she credits her mother with her love of bargains. “I love a deal. I love the hunt. I’m an Olympic-level shopper,” she says. “I don’t know why people would hire a personal shopper — it’s like hiring someone to go to a party for you.”

 

photograph by Colin Way

STYLING BY KARA CHOMISTEK AND JESSIE LI; MAKEUP BY JOANNE BLACK; HAIR BY SUE THOMPSON

Clockwise from left: Chelsea28 sweater and Tibi dress both from Nordstrom; bag by R&Y Augousti • Dress by Zimmermann; shoes by rag & bone; bag from personal collection • Earrings from BaubleBar.

 

This article appears in the April 2018 issue of Avenue Calgary. Subscribe here.

 

Edit ModuleShow Tags

More Best Dressed

Nam Dang-Mitchell

Whether it's pairing skinny jeans with a silk pyjama shirt or an antique marble mantelpiece with modern abstract art, Nam Dang-Mitchell creates looks with both gravity and fun

Greg Fraser

With a living space that doubles as Dade Loft’s showroom, there is no separation between style and lifestyle for this design aficionado.

Todd Hirsch

ATB’s chief economist forecasts brighter colours along with a brighter financial outlook

Whitey Kirst

This musician, who was the guitarist for Iggy Pop for more than a decade, rocks L.A. style in the clubs of Calgary.

Dr. Diana Monea

Theatrical hats, coloured glasses and dramatic clothing all exemplify this optometrist’s view that fashion should be fun.

Reese Nguyen

She is known to mash up masculine and feminine styles to create a look all her own.

Katrina Olson-Mottahed

As the director of the Canadian International Fashion Film Festival, Katrina Olson-Mottahed puts her passion on display and turns the spotlight on local design.

Ada Peddlesden

With influences ranging from the glamour of Old Hollywood to the bohemian cool of French New Wave cinema, her look is all about style beyond time.

Tonii Roulston

The high-profile criminal defense lawyer uses fashion to connect and build confidence.

Helen and Tamar Zenith

Using black clothing as their canvas, the co-directors of Newzones Gallery each craft their own style statements with eye-catching accessories.
Edit Module