Rushing around the hectic streets, expertly winding her way through the masses, all while intensely typing away on her Blackberry, I almost had a collision with this week's Fashionista. Lucy’s minimalistic, luxe look immediately screamed out “fashion student”. She wore a crisp white tailored shirt, black blazer, black leather pants and platform boots, as if she were completely oblivious to the Melbourne heat wave and was travelling around in her own season.

Name: Lucy Cooke

Major: Styling

Year: Two  

CollegeFashionista: What influences your style?

Lucy Cooke: Well first of all, I draw inspiration from photographers such as Bill Cunningham and Helmut Newton. I love Bill’s street style photographs and how he’s always capturing something fresh and amazing, something that ‘”wows”. Helmut Newton, on the other hand, had incredible black and white images. His photographs were outrageous and at times controversial, I loved how he wasn’t afraid to push the boundaries. Additionally I look towards men’s style; I love the tailoring and fit of men’s fashion and then I mix it with some kind of modern grunge to give some edge to my look.   

CF: Who is your favourite designer and why?

LC: I would say I have two favourites, Alexander Wang and Rick Owens. Alexander Wang has incredible diversity. I love how he can make the perfect white T-Shirt and also have the most amazing evening dresses, all with incredible attention to detail and made with the finest quality materials. Then with Rick Owens it’s all about that edgy grunge look which he plays up season after season with his leathers. If I could have my ideal closet it would be Alexander Wang T-shirts and eveningwear and Rick Owens pants and coats, all in black.

CF: What is your fashion essential that you can’t live without?

LC: My rings! I would feel naked without them.

CF: What is your favourite place to shop in Melbourne and online?

LC: In Melbourne there are two places. For accessories I can’t go past Glitzern in the city, it’s a tiny boutique in an alley way in the city that exclusively stocks Pamela Love and other one-offs. For clothes I love Zambesi. They have the best range of Rick Owens and Martin Margiela in Melbourne, and most, if not all, of their clothing in store is black and white. Online, I like to buy directly from stores that we don’t have in Australia, for example All Saints in the UK, which has amazing grungy/street style pieces that have been beautifully made.

How To: The focus of this trend is detail and structure. Try starting with a fitted pair of pants, but stay away from denim and lean towards leathers and more interesting textures. If your budget doesn’t allow you to indulge in leathers from the likes of Rick Owens, go for a faux leather look that is just as effective and luxe. Faux leather pants can be found in many different cuts and fits at Topshop.

For the top, go for a tailored, collared shirt or any sort of architectural, well-fitting top in colours like black, grey and white. Remember to keep the tones very simple and really focus on the textures and cut of the top and see how you can make a statement from understated colours. Shops in Melbourne such as Nique and Saxony have great, well-cut tops in very basic tones. To finish off your look, accessorise! Put on some rings, a chunky necklace or even some platforms to give your look that true refinement.


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