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The Perks of Being Different: Stella Lucia on Her Unique Look and Styling Aspirations
Janelle Okwodu Fashion April 4, 2015 — 03:00PM
Many models enter fashion with dreams of magazine covers and campaigns, but Austrian newcomer Stella Lucia’s initial career goals placed her in a different category. “I always wanted to be a stylist,” says Lucia. “When I was 13, I got discovered over Facebook by a stylist who wrote to me asking if I wanted to model and then brought me to my mother agency. It was actually a surprise for me. I had never thought about doing modeling or something, so I was really excited and I wanted to try it.”
A career behind the scenes may be her end goal, but one look at Lucia makes it easy to see why she was scouted. Her bee-stung lips and quirky features give her a beauty that is at once delicate and seductive. This alluring contrast has resonated with the likes of Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot and Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci, who cites Lucia as his latest obsession and cast her in his Spring campaign alongside Julia Roberts. The job provided Lucia with her big break and her first taste of California life, an experience she won’t soon forget. “I think going to L.A. was really my nicest experience so far. The people are so much more relaxed and everything is so beautiful.”
Since arriving on the scene, Lucia has landed in the pages of artsy publications like AnOther and CR Fashion Book where she’s been given the opportunity to star in outlandish, attention-grabbing images by Nick Knight and Karl Lagerfeld. The influx of editorial work allows Lucia a chance to experience her favorite part of modeling: role-playing. “Clothes can let you act. How you’re styled is how you behave,” the model expounds. “When the clothes are really dark and gothic, I can take on that role; if they’re lighter and more romantic, I can show that side.”
Modeling also brings her closer to the clothes she grew up admiring. Citing labels like Maison Margiela, Dries Van Noten, and Givenchy as favorites, Lucia has developed a style she calls “very chill, always comfortable, and with a little twist.” Her mix of comfy hoodies layered beneath glamorous coats has earned her a place as a street-style star to watch, but the real fun comes when she gets a chance to put her styling talents to good use. “My boyfriend's a stylist, so I often assist him and try to help him out with that. I do a lot of fashion even when I don't work in modeling—I still want to be a stylist one day, and modeling has let me get the connections, so hopefully I can do that later on.”
Chloe Fall 15 is hard to look at, it's like you know you cant afford it but cant look away!! WHY WHY WHY? Oh man, I guess I will have to try to re create the looks using vintage finds... Enjoy!
Even though it's still 90 degrees here in Los Angeles, I just cant wait to embrace fall.
This will be in the center of my inspiration wall for fall and thrifting! Kate Moss by the ever so talented Phillip Newton
Oh Isabel, it's too good! Now if only your clothes fit me....
Societe Perrier did an article on my style transition, usually I don't post press about me but I thought you guys might like this one, or at least relate. HAHA. Check it out for more pictures HERE
Style Evolution: Wildfox's Kimberley Gordon
by Rana Good
Today we bring to you our first "Style Evolution" story, a feature where we ask some of our favorite tastemakers' to look back at their outfits from their childhood through their teenage years, until they had become the trendsetters we love today. Our first sartorial retrospective is with Kimberley Gordon of Wildfox , the L.A.-based label known for its irreverent slogans, bright colors and California vibe.
Turns out, Gordon's look wasn't always loud and free. In fact, her first fashion memories involved school uniforms in the UK. Find out more about how she went from classic to crimped to cool.
What was your style like as a kid?
Kimberley Gordon: I wore very matchy-matchy sets when I was in the UK. I think because my mother loved me in them, she has amazing style. When I moved to the U.S. it was a lot of Bugs Bunny T-shirts and jean shorts. I was quite a tomboy because I didn’t really care about my clothes, more about the cartoons on my clothes.
When did you become interested in clothes?
I always loved clothes. My mother couldn’t believe how girly I was — she didn’t know where it came from. The first time I can remember being really obsessed with something was my friend Tammy’s coat when I was eight. It fit like a dress, zipped up and was tight on top then A-lined out. I searched everywhere for one with my mum but to no avail. I remember I wanted it so badly I would panic when I thought about it, as you can see it’s haunted me ever since.
Were you a trendsetter in school?
(Laughs) Not so much, but I always dressed very... differently. I wore bell bottoms and vintage T-shirts in junior high — which was a little daring, but no one emulated me at all. In high school, I sewed a lot of my own T-shirts and made denim leg warmers. I was a bit of a candy raver (JNCO jeans, tiny tanks, scratch-and-sniff T-shirts, heavy lip liner). I know people noticed my style and pointed it out a lot but mostly because they didn’t understand it. I totally feel them...
Any cringe-worthy outfits to look back on?
Oh yeah, my worst time was probably aged 19, I was the most obsessed with Britney Spears at that point and I showed belly that should never be shown. I also crimped my hair in sections and wore denim hats... Oh lord.
What is the most memorable outfit from your youth?
Probably my tiny Spice Girls T-shirt (it was kids' size) and my JNCO jeans. The boys used to stick their binders in my back pockets, that’s how big they were.
Has anything you liked to wear as a kid made a comeback recently?
That would be frightening. Maybe neon stuff? I hope Tevas come into style, they almost do and I cross my fingers every time. They are hilarious!
What's your favorite fashion piece of the moment?
I'm obsessed with my black Prada platforms, I wear them with little white socks. I cradle them like a baby.
For more images from the past and in-depth descriptions of what Gordon was wearing, click on the gallery below.
Thank you Societe! Very fun interview.
Mona from the Free People catalogue, 2011. I want to re create this for a hangover breakfast morning.
It's safe to say that Gemma, at one point, was every designer's favorite young lady! Therefor a lot of old runway pics of her show the hottest fashions of that year. I love looking back at old pics of her on the runway, it's extremely inspiring.