She’d Rather Be Interesting than Pretty!

The Elysian guide to New York style told through the aesthetic of seven fashion icons

She’d rather be interesting than pretty. She believes that you get better with age as long as you never stop working it. She doesn’t follow trends, she makes them. She’s always looking for hot new designers, but she loves to rock decades-old vintage. She mixes high and low: a French couture gown with ballet shoes she found at a flea market, and a hairpiece from Target. She is totally unique yet quintessentially New York. Our guide to New York style told through the aesthetic of seven fashion icons:


Nerd Chic: Jenna Lyons

Photos credit (right to left): @buro247hr / @ wingsbags_ / @theelementblogger / @alexandra_kisiel

Those giant glasses, the sleek coiffe, the frilly garments worn with utilitarian garb. It’s been a year since Jenna Lyons was ousted as creative director and president of J. Crew, but her tenure as a style icon continues with no signs of abatement. #jennalyons

Shop her Look:

Look #1

A.P.C. Khaki Denim Juliette Jacket, $193, ssense.com · Needle & Thread Tiered Jacquard-Tulle Skirt, $275, net-a-porter.com · Ted Baker London Nuscala Sandal, $229.95, nordstrom.com


Look #2

Tom Ford Leather-Trimmed Pencil Skirt, $714, net-a-porter.com · Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini Belted Leopard Print Faux Sherling Coat, $2,250, modaoperandi.com · Repetto Black Suede Farrah Tutu Heels, $395, ssense.com


Look #3

MSGM Red & White Striped Shirt Dress, $530, ssense.com · Tom Ford Pink Round Glasses, $304, ssense.com · Saint Laurent Spontini Calf Hair Shoulder Bag, $2,390, nordstrom.com


The Rare Bird: Iris Apfel

Photos credit: Instagram / @iris.apfel

“More is more and less is a bore!” Iris Apfel expresses this sentiment both in her Instagram bio and her clothing choices. Vibrantly pigmented textiles! Feather boas! Layers and layers of statement necklaces! Ninety-six year old Apfel is an author, a designer, and a style icon. But one thing she is not? Boring. @irisapfel

Shop her Look:

Stella Jean Belted Striped Cotton Blazer, $1,160, modaoperandi.com · Devon Leigh Copper Infused Onyx Coin Necklace, $850, neimanmarcus.com · Rianna + Nina Green Silk Printed Kimono, $1,455, modaoperandi.com · MSGM Frayed Printed Tweed Jacket, $1,070, modaoperandi.com


Uptown Dreamer: Yazmin Lopez

Originally from the Dominican Republic, but a New Yorker for more than two decades, Yasmin Lopez, author of the blog “Beyond Fashion” has an innate eye for beauty, and is equally comfortable in an elegant sundress as she is in a ripped pair of jeans. But the one thing she never compromises on is an impeccable fit. @yazminlop

Shop her Look:

Look #1

Robert Cavalli Floral-Print Silk Maxi Dress, $3,250, bergdorfgoodman.com · Giuseppe Zanotti Notte Suede Slingbacks, $995, modaoperandi.com


Look #2

Khaite Vanessa Ivory Skinny Jeans, $340, modaoperandi.com · Ganni Sequin Floral Tie-Front Top, $315, modaoperandi.com · Bally Janelle Leather Slippers, $650, modaoperandi.com


Look #3

Jimmy Choo Romy 100 Patent-Leather Pumps, $650, net-a-porter.com · Alice + Olivia Coley Crewneck Mini Dress, $275, neimanmarcus.com


Casual Couture: Silvia Mella

When Fendi, Net-a-Porter, Vera Wang, and Top Shop need help with their digital branding, they call independent content creator, Silvia Mella. Even though she is one of the hottest young talents in the nascent world of online marketing, she’s not one of those fashionistas who takes herself too seriously. She’s just someone who knows how to work hard, have fun, and look good doing it. @silvia_mella

Shop her Look:

Look #1

Lafayette 148 NY Tie-Cuff Blouse, $261, neimanmarcus.com · Bloomingdale’s Micro Pavé Three-Row Band, $864, bloomingdales.com · Ginette NY Black Onyx & Rose Gold Ring, $630, saksfifthavenue.com


Look #2

Alexis Sterling Lace Godet Mini Dress, $715, neimanmarcus.com · Fendi Runway Slingback Mesh FF Pump, $750, neimanmarcus.com


Look #3

Moncler Jais Metallic Raincoat, $629.98, nordstrom.com · T by Alexander Wang Cropped Ribbed Top, $295, net-a-porter.com · Aquazzura Casablanca Suede Pumps, $750, saksfifthavenue.com

 

Boudoir Style: DJ June

Photos credit: Instagram / @djjunenyc

DJ June is more than a pretty girl in a sexy dress. She is an award-winning DJ who travels the world playing music for crowds in such far-flung places as Bahrain, Miami, Oslo, Tokyo, and Los Angeles. But yes, she is usually wearing a sexy dress. @djjunenyc

Shop her Look:

Look #1

cinq a sept Adrie Mini Cocktail Dress, $465, neimanmarcus.com · Christian Louboutin Very Lace Platform Pump, $995, neimanmarcus.com


Look #2

Rubin Singer Plunging Sequin Jumpsuit, $3,295, neimanmarcus.com · Aquazzura Coquette Metallic Platform Sandal, $950, neimanmarcus.com


Look #3

Norma Kamali Metallic Halter Dress, $225, neimanmarcus.com · Jimmy Choo Lancer Metallic Leather Pump, $850, neimanmarcus.com

Well Dressed Curves: Susan Moses

Susan Moses is a celebrity stylist best known for her work with Queen Latifah, Wynona Judd, and Jill Scott. But the real fun happens when Moses styles herself. She favors a flawless silhouette in black, an oversized pair of sunnies, and bold accents of color. Moses shares her intuitive understanding of how to flatter a full figure in her 2016 book “Dressing Curves.” @susanmosesnyc

Shop her Look:

Look #1

Misook Floral Plus-Size Jacket, $458, neimanmarcus.com · Prada Heritage Angled Butterfly Sunglasses, $280, neimanmarcus.com · Eileen Fisher V-Neck Jersey Dress, $188, neimanmarcus.com


Look #2

Caroline Rose Gone Wild Graphic Tunic, $285, neimanmarcus.com · Eileen Fisher Ponte Leather-Block Leggings, $362, neimanmarcus.com · Ben-Anum Half Moon Crystal Brooch, $395, bergdorfgoodman.com

Downtown Eclectic: Susanne Bartsch

The New York party promoter and subject of the documentary “On Top” is rumored to be of Austrian origin, but we believe she comes from a planet far, far away where the women are all impossibly tall, lithe, and drop-dead gorgeous. In addition to the new film, Bartsch is the subject of the 2015 book “Fashion Underground” from Yale University Press, and she has a line of eyelashes called Beauty and the Bartsch. Her style is eclectic, ever changing and inherently inimitable, but Susanne Bartsch’s joie de vivre is undeniably infectious. @bartschland

Shop her Look:

Look #1

Isabel Marant Synee Metallic Jacquard Dress, $1,710, barneys.com · Christian Louboutin Fetish Glitter & Lace Platform Pumps, $975, barneys.com


Look #2

Narciso Rodriguez Sequin-Embroidered Cocktail Dress, $1,079, barneys.com · Alexander Wang Eri Leather Booties w/ Studs, $850, neimanmarcus.com


Look #3

Alexander McQueen Ruffle-Shoulder Cocktail Dress, $3,980, neimanmarcus.com · Alexander McQueen Suede Platform Bootie, $508, neimanmarcus.com

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