BEYOND THE HYPE: AUDREY KITCHING
"There are photos of me at age 4 dressed in neon leopard jumpsuits and pastel crushed velvet rompers."
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I currently spend most of my time in NYC and Philly. I lived in Hollywood for five years and recently came back to the East Coast! I do a little bit of everything, but then again who doesn't these days? I'm a Style Editor at Spin Media for Buzznet and designer. I have a shoe collection coming out in Italy this fall, clothing collection coming out in Rome this Holiday season, and LUNA—my own collection—in production at the moment. I also have a metaphysical crystal shop that sells jewelry and stones called Crystal Cactus and I do modeling campaigns for brands and editorials for magazines.
What are your biggest passions?
Conscious living (via yoga, organic food, holistic products, meditation, eco-friendly choices and spreading awareness when possible), vegan cooking, hiking, gardening, films, styling, creating moodboards…anything that's creative and makes you and others feel good is something I feel very strongly about!
How did you first become interested in fashion and why is it important?
I have been interested in fashion my whole life. There are photos of me at age 4 dressed in neon leopard jumpsuits and pastel crushed velvet rompers. Growing up, my mother made a lot of my clothing and I would help out. I think the creative things we do when we’re young make the foundation for us later in life. Fashion is so important to me because it's an amazing creative outlet that anyone can do with any budget in any location. It's the best way to express yourself and it doesn't hurt that it's fun doing it!
How do you describe the fashion scene where you live compared to other major cities or fashion capitals?
I guess I would compare my life in LA vs NYC. I feel like when I lived in California I wore a lot more heels and fancy dress-up clothing. The vibe there is so different. It's almost like everyone is trying to prove something (though I'm sure this exists in most cities in certain scenes). I have found NYC style to be way more casual and laid back in a way where flats and jeans can be made extremely stylish and realistic for everyday life! When I'm in Philly it's all about casual comfort. Think leather baseball caps, big sunnies, chunky boots, piled-on rings and an oversized T-shirt dress.
Tell us your top 3 places to visit in the United States:
Miami (I am in love with it); San Francisco (great thrifting - what's not to love?); and Arizona (beautifully serene).
What do you love about living in New York?
I'm a big foodie, so I love going to new restaurants! NYC and Philly have some of the best food I have experienced. It's like you could eat at a new award-winning restaurant every day and still not try them all.
Describe your personal style and its influences or inspirations.
My style changes a lot. I would say I'm definitely more of a tomboy. I feel 100% more confident in leather pants or a blazer then a miniskirt or long flowing dress. I love minimal and I love over the top; if possible, the perfect combination of both. For example: crazy flower Prada glasses with a grey pullover and rainbow-fringed bag. I get inspired by everything…cinema, magazines, Tumblr, my fellow fashion peers, runway shows, etc. It's almost an overload at all times!
What are your favorite designers and places to shop?
I'm really big on online shopping. I love Etsy, Ebay and discount shops like Nordstrom Rack. I recently found a Helmut Lang knitted dress marked down to $68 there!
The first thing you look at in another person's outfit is:
Colors, prints and silhouettes.
What do you skimp on?
Overly trendy items, because everyone is already wearing it and they only are relevant for few months.
What do you splurge on?
Basics like a great leather jacket, boots, designer sunglasses and handbag—things you will get the MOST wear out of.
A fashion rule you always break:
Wearing one print at a time…I like to have fun mixing and matching like the Japanese street style kids! They know what they are doing.
A fashion rule you never break:
Wearing pajama pants out. This is never ok! Invest in a rad pair of stylish sweatpants instead. They do exist, I promise!
What do you think is the most recent notable trend to appear/reappear, and what are your thoughts on it?
I'm kinda really over all the negative satanic stuff, like shirts that give the middle finger, say “F*CK,” or "I hate myself"—Why would someone want to promote that? Build yourself up and those around you! Wear things that inspire and give you motivation, not tear you down. You can be rebellious and grunge and still be classy and uplifting!
What is the most underrated item in menswear and womenswear?
For menswear, this is for sure pants. My boyfriend does the menswear trend analyses for all the Urban Outfitters buyers and he always has the most bad ass pants. As for womenswear, I think a great bag—so many people skimp on them, but you are using it everyday! Get a great one that will really last and compliment every outfit, especially those days you wish you were still in bed and opt for no makeup and last night's T-shirt.
Your favorite color of the moment is:
Nude, gold, pale ballerina pink, metallic, and neon yellow.
What is your next "must have" purchase?
Dolce & Gabbana’s Garden Flowers Cat Eye glasses in clear!
What is the ultimate showpiece in your closet?
This hand-beaded body suit by a brand called Bebaroque that they sent me one for my birthday recently. Katy Perry rocks them a lot. They are beyond beautiful!
Are there any fashion icons or famous people whose style you admire?
I love the Olsen twins, Chloe Norgaard, Kristen Stewart and Lana Del Rey.
What's on your iPod, bookstand & DVD player at the moment?
I have been watching Orange Is The New Black! It's a Netflix watch instant series by the creator ofWeeds. It's brilliant! Oh, and I watched Mad Men, the entire 6 seasons, in less then three weeks... I have a strangely weird crush on Pete Campbell.
What can't you live without?
Bubble baths, authentic Mexican food, spa days, my cat and nature hikes.
Next place you want to travel to:
Probably France, as I have never been but would love to go! I think it would be so magical, like that Sex & the City episode minus all the drama.
What is your personal favorite outfit on LOOKBOOK.nu by you, and by another member?
Neon Rain and Missy Industry by Madeline Pendleton.
In the year 2018, you will be:
Awesome, successful and healthy.
What would you say to someone seeking general fashion advice?
Be yourself. Wear what makes you feel good. Trends come and go, so be the trendsetter, not the follower. Confidence is the best accessory anyone can wear, and it's free!
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