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April 10, 2011

Crushing on Taylor Tomasi Hill

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I have a serious crush on Taylor Tomasi Hill!

Her signature fiery red hair and legs that go on for days are easy to spot amongst the fashion pack but its not these attributes that make her ‘crush quality’, she is the epitome of impeccable style. Her style has elements of femininity juxtaposed with harder touches; delicate lace against a hard touch of leather; Christopher Kane, Alexander Wang and Proenza are just a few labels that shes captured in in-between shows. Flawless down to the last stacked Fenton bracelet, her accessories add those final touches of style which is understandable considering she is the Accessories Director for US Marie Claire.                                             

She began her fashion journey as an intern at W Magazine, which landed her the Market Editor role. She furthered her fashion stature as the Accessories Editor then Director for US Teen Vogue and is now the Style and Accessories Director for US Marie Claire.                                                        

Connie Wang and Piera Gelardi from refinery 29 interview Taylor in her NYC pad
Describe your style:
"I'm kind of a clothing chameleon. My style is something that's always evolving."

What are your five key wardrobe pieces, things you wear constantly?
1. "Burberry trench coats, a great classic staple for fall or spring."
2. "Madewell destroyed boyfriend jeans, I dress them up with my YSL heels for the office, or down with sneakers for traveling."
3. "Punkrose leopard print sneakers, my go-to for days when my feet can't take anything over .5 inches."
4. "Chanel bag, I just got a large 2.55 after years of lusting after it. This one is the perfect carryall. My other tiny Chanel bags were always exploding with all the stuff I would try to pack in them."
5. "My Rick Owens leather jacket, I can mix it with anything for an edgier effect. They are so expensive, but I stay on their radar and email list to make sure I'm always there for the sales."                        

Do you find anyone particularly inspiring, living or dead, from a fashion/style perspective?
Sarah Ruston She has an incredible taste level and innate way of putting herself together. She is always the perfect blend of chic and cool and I love the effortlessness of her look."                                                                                                                                                                

Do you have any particular dressing philosophies or strategies?
"I try to stay true to myself as much as possible. I love to mix and match pieces from stores like J.Crew and Topshop with my runway favorites like Proenza Schouler, Ann Demeulemeester, and Phillip Lim. Also being comfortable is a huge part of getting dressed, because I spend a ton of time running around the city from appointments, to meetings, and in and out of the office. Anything too tight, short, or high just doesn't work with my lifestyle. I also feel like I have to be practical. I go to Fashion Week in every city and packing for a 27-day marathon can be pretty challenging. Basics save my life!"
Your hair is such a signature so we have to ask, where do you get it done?
"My salon is my best kept secret!! I have to protect it. It's uptown on the east side, so I never see any other editors there, but they are the best at getting my color just right. It's so hard to maintain red hair, so I can't trust just anyone".
What wouldn't you be caught dead wearing?
"I am really un-fussy. I don't think I could ever wear a full look. Low-heeled old-lady pumps haunt my nightmares."                                                                                                                                                                                  

What's your favorite mass store?
"Zara. Some of my favorite things in my closet have come from Zara. Their price point is unbeatable, and they have a great way of interpreting trends that's a good medium between taste and quality."
Tell us about your home...any funny anecdotes?
"I've been living in my West Village apartment for the past seven years. It's cozy, but I sometimes feel bad for my husband. My clothing takes up the entire closet and any other spare area in the house. During Fashion Week, our little area that we call the garage in our kitchen, is a makeshift dressing room. The only place I don't keep clothes or shoes is in the fridge."
What song best describes your personal style?
"'You Shook Me All Night Long' AC/DC

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