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19-07-2010
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wow!!! love the pics, I couldn't recognize her..wow she looks amazing! thanks for sharing them!

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Short interview with The Cut:
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Kate Lanphear Likes Margiela, iPads and Catholic Iconography
Though notoriously press-shy, Elle style director Kate Lanphear has a huge cult following ó at least a handful of blogs exist for no other reason than to document her edgy, punky style and ever-changing platinum hair. The Lanphear Look, if you will, elevates the age-old jeans/tees/platforms/motorcycle jacket combo into something insanely fashion-forward ó and nigh impossible to emulate, though many a fashionista has tried.

Lanphear, of course, doesn't see it this way. She describes herself as the "biggest fashion geek" ó she has an insatiable appetite for all things sartorial and spends her weekends poring over old magazines, books, and photographs. The daughter of federal judges, she is originally from Virginia, but her fashion career began in Australia, where she took any and every fashion-related job she could find, working late nights as a bartender to pay the rent. Eventually she scored work at Australian Vogue and Australian Harper's Bazaar; eight years later, she returned to the States and took a job at American Harper's Bazaar. It wasn't long before her work caught the attention of Elle, who made her an offer she couldn't refuse: senior fashion editor. Then finally, in 2008, Lanphear was tapped for the plum gig of style director ó a job she never knew existed, let alone thought she might get. "I often feel like I have to pinch myself," she says humbly. "I can't believe it."
We caught up with the fashion editor and style icon right as Elle gears up to drop its massive September issue. Like her style, her interview answers are minimalist but pack a real punch.

Who are your favorite designers?

I collect old Helmut Lang and Margiela. Although my new thing is Azzedine AlaÔa ó the boys seem to dig it.
Whatís the first designer item you ever bought?
A Calvin Klein black sheath.
Where do you like to shop in New York?
The vintage stores and small shops on St Mark's Place [in the East Village].
How would you describe your personal style aesthetic?
"Is it clean?"
What trends are you appreciating right now?
Religion: I'm fond of Catholic iconography.
What's one item you're saving up to buy, fashion or otherwise?
An [Attilio] Codognato ring.
What's something you never leave the house without?
Turning off the straightening iron, and my keys, I hope.
What and/or who inspires you?
The iPad.
What's the best part of your job?
Collaborating with creative personalities.
You look stunning in the new Eddie Borgo campaign. How did the whole thing come about?
Eddie and Keegan [the stylist] are dear, dear friends. I'd do absolutely anything for them ó no questions asked. I was honored to be asked; I'm a huge Borgo bijoux devotee.
You have something of a cult following. What do you make of this?
I'm completely humbled by it. I mean, I am just your average redneck from Virginia.

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Thank you behansu!

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"im just your average redneck from virginia" haha a very very fierce redneck

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gosh i'm beginning to love her more with that interview. she's ridiculously humble

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gosh i'm beginning to love her more with that interview. she's ridiculously humble
Me too! I love how despite the fame and recognition she has received, it hasn't given her a huge ego. Her humbleness makes me admire her not only for her style now

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^IA. Love her short but concise answers.

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That Eddie Borgo campaign is so great, Kate's the perfect fit.

Absolutely amazing...

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I had absolutely no idea she was based here in Australia for so long!
Feeling a little more inspired...

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goodness i love this gal!

can anyone ID the tiger striped greyish coat in post #30?

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From Citizen Couture:
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It was several days into New York Fashion Week Fall 2010 and not a photo of Kate. I was starting to wonder where she was because I always enjoyed her style and presence. Then Kate was at the Oscar De La Renta show and I made sure not to miss the opportunity before she left. I called her name as I made my approach and she responded with familiarity followed by kisses on the cheek. Her response really threw me off granted that I only photographed her twice and I started to wonder whether she actually remembered who I was or had me confused with another person (which happens to me often). Regardless, I had a brief conversation with Kate and had the pleasure of photographing her a few more times in Paris. This time I think she remembered who I was.
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That coat is amazing! Thanks for posting.

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I really..really like her style.
N i like the fact that she is make up free

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the low waist is perfect. very nice coat!

by the way, i saw a total copy-kate at my midwestern whole foods the other day. this woman had no shame, picked-apart forever 21 appropriation of one specific look, from her hair down to the pleated pants and cheap rhinestone "Balenciaga" studded shoes. she didn't try to reinterpret it. tasteless.

(related, that woman's probably gonna end up reading this.)

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I was looking at some pictures of her jewelry and just realised that she's wearing the Dominic Jones claw ring in gold. Beautiful!

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