Jen Su Talks Style Favorites and Fashion Reporting on TV

Jen Su. Photo courtesy Tessa Marie Images

The TV host and contributor for Sunday Times, Fox 29 and The CW’s RI Show draws fashion inspiration from her experiences.

Her Style: Bold, colorful and fabulous—with a touch of quirky.

Her Fashion Roots: My mother was stylish growing up in old Shanghai. I used to try on her embroidered silk qipao Chinese dresses when I was a little girl. As a teenager, I won an American Idol-style TV singing contest in Taiwan, which introduced a shy, simple girl to life on television in Thailand, Hong Kong, South Africa and China, before returning to my birthplace in the suburbs of Philadelphia.

Style Motivation: From reporting on the Paris Fashion Week runway to the Oscars red carpet, I love seeing how an outfit has the power to transform and elevate a person. I’m captivated by flowing fabrics, textures and especially beadwork. Doja Cat in that all-red Schiaparelli head-to-toe look adorned with red body paint and 30,000 Swarovski crystals was drop-dead wow at Paris Haute Couture Week 2023.

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Indispensable Wardrobe Item: My little Louis Vuitton Alma BB purse in red/orange patent leather. It’s a little burst of energy that can go from day to night and looks so good with everything.

Favorite Places to Shop: Van Cleve Bridal & Evening Wear in Paoli, which has a huge selection of cocktail dresses, gowns and hats; Boyds in Wayne for eclectic collections; Main Line Fashionista in Paoli for fun looks at affordable prices; Rachelle Boutique and Designer Consignment in Bryn Mawr for luxury consignment; and Conrad Booker, who has interior design clients on the Main Line but also creates one-of-a-kind designer outfits.

Photo courtesy Tessa Marie Images. Dress by Conrad Booker.

Fashion Icon: Jennifer Lopez. In my work, I’ve had several opportunities to witness J. Lo’s style evolution up close.

Best Fashion Find: The vintage Chanel purse I found at the garage sale of a Thai celebrity who was downsizing. I’ve seen a similar purse online for at least 50 times the price.

Indispensable Accessory: My Louis Vuitton x Yayoi Kusama sunglasses.

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Favorite Fragrance: Tom Ford Noir.

Fashion No-No: Showing too much skin.

Why Fashion Matters: Everything from sustainable fashion and creative expression to 3D and AI design technology defines who we are, what we believe in and what the future holds.

Visit Jen Su on Instagram @jensu1.

Get the Look

Energize your August wardrobe with a sunny take on color.

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A chic mini in Kelly-green chiffon, the Misa Mona dress features batwing sleeves and a sassy silhouette. $330. Available at Posh Collections, 103 E. King St., Malvern, (610) 644-7220, poshcollections.com.

Loni Paul Jewelry’s mixed gemstone labradorite necklace provides sparkle and shine. $187. Available at Louella, 227 E. Lancaster Ave., Wayne, (610) 293-9800, louellastyle.com.

The Chanel classic double-flap medium bag in yellow lambskin provides cheerful color in a timeless design. $4,000. Available at Exceptional Finds, 840 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr, (610) 492-9220, exceptional-finds.com.

Jen Su sandals

Gianvito Rossi Shanti 70 gladiator sandals pair multicolor chakra-inspired natural stones with stiletto heels. $1,295. Available at Boyds, 201 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne, (610) 726-0036, boydsphila.com.

Jen Su earrings

Loni Paul lasso earrings in hammered gold-tone by add an artsy, sophisticated touch. $87. Available at louellastyle.com.

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