Curb Appeal – I hate to rub your noses in how lucky I am to be back to living in LA weather, but she left me no choice. I spotted Jordan (Jo) on Abbot Kinney sipping on GTA coffee, looking comfy cool in these Guns Germs $teal courtside trackpants. (Remember those girls here?) Jo knows one of the designers and says they have a ton of mutual friends in Venice. She’s Venice born and raised and we were talking about the vibe there and she said, “Venice used to be about not giving a fuck & it’s completely 360′d in the last few years.”
She likes to wear things she comes across while styling, her second hand thrifts and an occasional piece from other friends’ local companies. Her favorite brands are Zadig & Voltaire, Rag & Bone, Balenciaga, Levi’s Vintage, L’AGENCE and Theory’s Men’s line. She emailed, “I’m currently designing a line that will come out this year and it’ll be sort of, if you will a moosh-boosh of all those lines together. A raw feeling brought back from the 50′s & most definitely unisex.” Keep an eye out for her brand’s launch at Loose Morals LA or her instagram for updates (and here’s mine).
Jo – on her style:
My style is a compilation of everything I do. Even if it’s wearing something functional to cook breakfast for friends in the morning, leaving the house only means throwing on a different pair of shoes & maybe a hat if it’s a bad hair day.
I booked a project in LA and can’t make it back to NYFW until September, so a big thank you to guest photographer Clara Eloisa Ungaretti.
Heads Up – Considering my last post, I must have a hair fixation, so I was happy to catch this shot in my inbox. I’m always curious what [WSJ's Market Editor] Preetma Singh will show up sporting each New York Fashion Week — and she did not disappoint, draped in Pendleton.
Coming Up – I’ll be posting a lot of my unseen images from recent Fashion Week archives (like Lucky Mag’s Eva Chen with blue hair). Back in LA, I’ve been spotting some talented singers, new designers and atypical trend alerts, so there’s that. Stay tuned! @stylespotting
Twin Time – I spotted fashion week’s favorite twins — Haya & Sama Khadra — walking in stride wearing moto jackets on LA’s Silverlake Blvd. The jet setting (yet very chill) sisters are known for their trademark springy hair, witnessed in their Next Model Management profile, and are consistently mobbed by streetstyle photogs whenever they hit fashion weeks around the globe. They’re identified for their hair so much so that they took it to their collective twitter to call creatives out, tongue in cheek:
Why do they always wanna do big hair on us? GET CREATIVE PEOPLE!!! Gaah
It was fun to have been one of the few who’s spotted them with stick straight hair and their laid back style was a surprise. Haya (left) was speaking for both of them as Sama was sick, but I got the impression that one would speak for both, regardless. It turns out they’re both USC Film students and Sama had planned to go the documentary route, but now isn’t so sure. I was curious about their thoughts on bicoastal style and they emailed, “As for LA/NY style, we feel like LA obviously has a more relaxed, but innately cool style, while NY is more edgy.” Check out their wardrobe details below — and follow them on twitter for their backseat Uber observations.
Haya’s wearing a Sacai jacket, Rag and Bone denim, with a Chanel bag and vintage Chanel boots. Sama’s wearing a Faith Connexion jacket (an alternate color here), Tomas Maier shirt, vintage skirt and Prada shoes. They were both wearing a variety of rose gold by Jacquie Aiche, like a version of this ring.
I love being rooted back in LA and have so much to share, but will save it for the next posts. In honor of New York Fashion Week starting tomorrow, I’ll also be folding in some of my unpublished images and videos from past shows. Until then, I’ll enjoy the sun from the left coast. @stylespotting
Framed – Fa Empel caught my eye, coming out of Intelligentsia on Abbot Kinney, sporting shades she designed for her company, CAST Eyewear. She was visiting from Bali, in LA for both work and Coachella. She described her style as always evolving, depending on her mood and hair style.
Baliwood - She prefers to shop vintage and thrift and has a lot of her silver and leather pieces custom made. When I asked where she likes to shop, she caught me a little off guard with, “I am from Bali. We make stuff over there. We don’t really shop.”
If you like her shades, her limited edition white version is still available here.
The Skinny - I’m phasing back onto the grid after some traveling, am firmly planted back in Los Angeles and looking forward to sharing some fun LA personalities, NYC archives and upcoming videos.
Style Profile – A Zürich story featuring streetstyle photogs Garance Doré and Scott Schuman advancing Miroslava Duma’s style profile — chose to use my image from this post, taken before a Marc Jacobs show. She and so many other Russians are in the news lately, stealing the streetstyle spotlight. I’ve also snapped Miroslava caught in the rain after Calvin Klein, in Balenciaga at Milk Studios — and have a cute video coming up, giving you a better glimpse of her style. I’ll also be posting a number of my archive images from New York Fashion Week and a surprise soon, if you haven’t already figured it out…
Broadway Bound – I was seeing splashes of red accessories in New York and thought her Nike Wedge Sneakers were pretty cool and more practical for those who can’t spring for the Isabel Marant kicks that this model was wearing. What do you think is trending at Scoop?
She looked cool with the sleek rain boots and thought the color pop on top was a nice touch. In contrast, women uptown were doing furry black coats with expensive red bags I’ll show you next week…
Street Tough – I spotted German model Thomas Sottong after a Milk Studios fashion show last fall, completely tuned out among a sea of the fashion flock. Something tough about this one, approached but unapproachable. He reminds me of a street tough in a movie who will box you with his bare hands. Thomas is 20, hits the gym 5 times a week and says “Damn” is the one word he’d use to describe himself. Keep your eye on this one…
British host Louise Roe is on the go with some big news lately: (1) She just got engaged to this model (2) She’s hosting NBC’s Fashion Star and (3) STYLE Network just announced a few hours ago that she’ll be co-hosting the upcoming Pop Style, their first live series, covering all things fashion, beauty, lifestyle and pop culture.
Q&A — Me: Care to share any of your favorite online trends and what you’re into for Spring?
Louise Roe: “My fave new online trends are searching for specific items on Polyvore and getting my specific item as soon as it goes on sale by using Hukkster. Actual pieces, I’m lusting after Express‘ new spring pistachio jeans and acid yellow crochet skater minidress.” Louise also told me she can’t wait to experiment with Maybelline’s new 90′s fluoro lip and eye colors and mentioned, “Spring is all about being bright and bold for me.”
Thanks for sharing the style tips and congrats, Louise!