Elfee admires famed set designer Tony Duquette for his “wild imagination and ability to see beauty in what others would consider rubbish.” Rarely paying more than twenty dollars for any piece in her wardrobe, Elfee looks like she’s just stepped off the set of one of her favorite shows, Mad Men. Still, she takes the elegance of the ’50s to another diverse, artistic planet, especially with her signature “pomp fro” under a silk scarf. A twin full skirt and beige plaid top gets paired with a pale pink crinoline, Victorian booties, cobalt blue gloves and floral tights. I love Elfee for her fearless, chameleonic, eclectic elegance and her no-holds-barred approach to experiencing life. She is no doubt a dead ringer for her icon, Audrey Hepburn, for her wide open nature as much as her classic movie star style and looks.
Despite the fact that she calls herself polymathic in her career, wearing pretty dresses puts her in such a good mood that she says, “Ultimately, I want to be a housewife…wear pretty dresses and carry my kids around in matching outfits.” I first met Elfee with a silver conch belt in her hair at one of my favorite events, The Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show, and it was love at first sight. Like me, she thoroughly enjoys observing people who use what they wear as an extension of their personal identity, but only those sans facade or pretense. As a result, she has been one of SLU’s most zealous scouts. And like us, she hopes to be a successful artist and have the ability to grow the potential of others with a spark of talent, but otherwise do not have the means to make their ideas tangible, much like the struggle that she feels she faces in her own life.