This former "Vogue-Bot" not only has an unparalleled extensive vocabulary and an authentic style that she truly owns, but she is the hardest working and absolutely most fabulous woman I know. In fact, she was one of the few who encouraged me to create RichSkinnyPretty.com.
When Chantal enters a room, you will undoubtedly notice her. You will be envious of her style and you will inexplicably want to get to know her. Lucky for me, I do. Lucky for you, you get to find out all you want to know about this ultra-stylish influential right here.
RSP: What is your current position in the fashion industry? (Feel free to include previous experience as well).
Chantal: PAST: Women's Wear Daily intern; Frank151 magazine intern; Vogue West Coast Assistant; Riviera associate editor; and Riviera editor at large. CURRENT: Local shopping editor at NBC Universal; freelance fashion writer; and novelist.
RSP: Which fashion designers or runway trends influence your overall look?
Chantal: I'm loving Alexander Wang right now - he's a current fashion darling for good reason because his looks manage to be sexy, athletic, tough all at once. In general I love collections and looks that are built on contrasts. Another place I'm going for fashion inspiration @ the moment is street style. It can be difficult to catch onto street style in a car culture like SoCal, but I try to make it back to NYC somewhat often, and I come back w/ tons of ideas on updating my look. In the meantime, I go on The Sartorialist, Garance Doure' and Street Peeper almost daily. In my opinion that's the best way to develop your own idiosyncratic look.
RSP: What is your most prized fashion possession?
Chantal: My vintage black Halston d'orsay disco sandals and yellow gold lion bracelet that I appropriated from my mom; and Tom K. Nguyen prep school blazer; and vintage "Sputnik" brooch and earrings. (I wore the brooch at my wedding :-)
RSP: What can we find in your closet? Please include specific items, accessories and brands.
Chantal: Corey Lynn Calter striped tap shorts; vintage straw boater hat; Antique Boutique one-shoulder black tank; Behnaz Sarafpour gold pencil skirt; nerdy wolf graphic tee; four-inch Christian Louboutin booties; Zara harem pants; pinstripe romper from UNIV, YSL espadrilles; UNIV graphic tees; 1970s-style flared jeans; Corey Lynn Calter purple and grey gradient silk tank; vintage YSL polka dot shirt; boys' tuxedo jacket from eBay, Theory black and white gingham shorts; long black pearl necklace; American Apparel tanks w/ built-in shelf bras; Report Signature grey pumps with frayed bow and metal spikes; Rory Becca wide-leg flannel pants; vintage Lucite hoop earrings; vintage Bakelite sword brooch; "saints" bracelet from Mexico; tons of wooden stackable bracelets
RSP: I totally remember that "nerdy wolf graphic tee" when meeting Chantal for the first time at Starbucks. She paired the casual t with a blazer, statement necklace and skirt. It was a perfect mix of girlish meets urban cool.
RSP: In your opinion what is the biggest fashion faux pas???
Chantal: Kitten heels, fedoras and neon Wayfarers
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