When you spend all day (and most of the night) looking at the unfathomable number of red carpet and candid images, sadly, the outfits start to blend together. The fact of the matter is that in this media-hungry world, very few celebrities want to get lambasted for making risky, personal, inventive fashion choices so they stick to tried-and-true looks. This “safe style” culture only makes us admire Chloe Sevigny more, as her intriguing selections are always enjoyable for their sheer non-cookie-cutter-ness.
When we put today’s What Would She Wear story together, we wanted to find some items that were reflective of Sevigny’s multifaceted taste. One aspect of her style is prone to wearing ensembles that are on the cusp of eccentricity, like when she was snapped strolling the Manhattan streets in high-waisted hot pants loooong before the look hit runways. On the other hand, the dresses she selects for events typically have classic lines (even if she adds some slightly subversive twist), like the vintage Thierry Mugler Sevigny wore to the Vanity Fair Oscar Party. With these disparate sartorial influences in mind, we incorporated the unusual, like the black patent leather gloves with chain detailing, and the timeless, like the sleek black clutch. Nicely, this means there’s something for everyone. (Well, except for the preppy folks Sevigny grew up with in Connecticut. Sorry friends, no Jack Roger sandals or CK Bradley shirtdresses here!)
- Sue Devitt Starbrights Lip & Cheek Palette, $35
Sevigny usually forgoes heavy makeup in favor of playing up her natural, tawny beauty. The warm colors of these sheer cheek gels and lip glosses reminded us of the shades she wears well.
- Vanessa Bruno Fluffy Oversized Sweater, $445
Seen above at the Chloe S/S 08 show in Paris, Sevigny is wearing one of fall’s most wearable items—the sweater dress. Vanessa Bruno’s light brown, angora and wool blend sweater has contrast knit hem details and an oversized shape that’s in keeping with Sevigny’s style. Piar it with some oversized Gucci sunglasses, as she does, and you have a majorly cool look.
- Miu Miu Black Patent Leather Gloves, $319
Always an early adapter of the most interesting accessories, we could see Sevigny in these butch-biker gloves. They’re not totally impractical; the palm side of the glove is black leather.
- Wide Risky Business Sunglasses, $14
This year we’ve seen lots of celebrities jump on the bandwagon for this classic sunglass shape, but today’s subject is the sort of style-setter who can transcend the trend and make the shades her own.
- AKA New York Elastic Skirt, $189
Every wardrobe requires a few fundamental building blocks, like this black jersey skirt. The skirt has a perfectly sized elastic waistband and the inverted front pleat is a subtle detail of interest. All together, it makes for one hell of a workhorse item.
- Jeffrey Campbell Nicks Shoes, $96.95
As mentioned previously, Sevigny knows the power of an unexpected accessory. These Jeffrey Campbell pumps have a four-inch heel, concealed front platform, and are available in the above, bold Cheetah print.