Arden Cho’s first ever purchase at Chanel wasn’t for herself.
“When I made money, the very first thing I did was buy a Chanel bag for my mother,” she says. “So after that… obviously so many bags for me.”
Fast forward to 2022 and she’s in a seaside cabin, dressed by the French luxury house for its Cruise 2023 Replica show in Miami, a re-staging of the collection that first walked the runway back in May in Monte Carlo. It’s actually Cho’s first ever Chanel show. though she is no stranger to the front row – or the brand for that matter.
“Every season, every new country, I have to go to every Chanel because they’re all different—they all have different products, they buy different pieces. It’s such a fun discovery,” she says. “I’m obsessed with all the minis because I feel like they’re just so special and my little babies.”
Most recently, with the filming and release of “Partner Track” – the Netflix series she leads and plays Harvard-educated lawyer Ingrid Yun – there were two new additions to her personal collection.
“I bought a new Chanel bag just before ‘Partner Track’ started filming in New York. It’s a really cute white mini,” she says. “So, right when we were wrapping, I was in Singapore and I bought another cute mini when I was on a bit of a press trip. It’s pretty crazy that those were my two purchases.”
On “Partner Track,” Cho’s Ingrid navigates corporate culture, love triangles, and more—all while impeccably dressed, of course.
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“I’d say I’d steal Ingrid’s entire closet,” she says. “She’s sophisticated and smart and she’s also feminine. Her wardrobe really makes her who she is. I always say that until I put on the suit, the skirt and the shoes, I just don’t feel like her.”
Ingrid may be climbing the corporate ladder, but she brings a lot of herself into the room, especially with how she dresses: in pastels, in tweed, in thoughtful looks that stand out against a sea of men in gray.
“I feel like women often feel like they have to dress a certain way to be more powerful – a lot of my friends in business will say they have to wear black suits to be taken seriously – and I love , that Ingrid breaks it.” says Cho. “I love that she shows you can be feminine and soft and colorful and still do your job damn well.”
The actor has gone through his own sartorial evolution in recent years. “It’s definitely been so much more fun because I feel more freedom,” she says. “Growing up, I always felt like I had to dress a certain way or be a certain character even in real life. But now, in my 30s, I really embrace what makes me feel me well… It’s so funny because [as you get] older, you become a bit more comfortable in your style and you realize that clothes should compliment who you are… You wear the clothes – don’t let the clothes wear you.”
Cho says her love is really for accessories, explaining that she is “a woman who loves szhuzhhaving an outfit, even if it’s something as simple as a great comfy pair of jeans, some cute slip-ons or sneakers, then a great bag and jewelry. So obviously I’m obsessed with Chanel.”
There’s still no word on the future of “Partner Track” (come on, Netflix!), but Cho imagines that in future seasons, “she can buy more Chanel, wear more Chanel, be a Chanel girl.”
Finally, if, like me, you didn’t pace yourself while watching “Partner Track” and want more episodes, Cho encourages you to be “vocal about it”: “I don’t think people realize , how much power they have. and that in media these days it’s all about numbers. We need people to be voices and let Netflix and the world know that they want a season two… I hope the show comes to life. I hope we can continue to tell her story.”
Disclosure: Chanel paid for Fashionista’s travel and accommodation to attend the Cruise 2023 Replica show.