Good news, fellow readers! I’d like to welcome Celine to Team InTheirCloset as an addition to our editorial and writing team. Celine will be supporting the team with her frugal finds and make your daily fashion fix here on InTheirCloset.com even more enjoyable. We’re excited to have her on board, so please give our newest team member a warm welcome!
Celine, please tell our readers a few things about yourself. Where do you come from? What are you doing for a living? What’s your favorite food & color? :)
C: Where I’m from: I was born in Montreal, Canada but my mother is from France (and I speak French fluently!). My family moved to NYC when I was a month old and I lived there up until about a week ago when I moved to Florida to be with my boyfriend who is in the Navy.
C: My favorite food: Sadly my taste in food isn’t nearly as evolved as my taste in clothes. My parents like to tell people that when I was young I wouldn’t eat anything but white food. Today I could probably live on pasta, potatoes and cheese (white cheddar, please).
C: My favorite color is definitely gray. On paper. If you look in my closet, though, you’ll see that’s a big lie. I have a ton of black. I don’t know, it just goes with everything! I definitely like neutrals above all else. Gray, white, black, leopard print (hey, it’s a neutral in my book!).
How did you get involved with fashion?
C: I was a lucky teenager. My mom kept a lot of her 80’s clothes and I had a lot of fun putting them on and looking ridiculous in them. I grew up in NYC so fashion was everywhere. I’ve always been creative (former actress here) and dressing myself became a way to express that side of me. I was never any good at drawing or… pottery making… so dressing was it. I’ve also LOVED the sound of high-heels on pavement since as far back as I can remember.
What’s your personal style? Any favorite designers?
C: I would describe my personal style as retro meets punk. I find myself drawn to shoes that “normal” people thing are hideous. But then I also look at old pictures of Marilyn Monroe or Liz Taylor and wish I could dress like them everyday. I’m a bit schizophrenic when it comes to fashion (if that wasn’t already evident). I’ve never adhered to any one particular trend/style. I also rather like the idea of being sexy in an understated way. That’s probably why I wear a lot of jeans/pants with sexy shoes.
C: Favorite Designers: Comme des Garcons when they were doing those bustle dresses and coats (I love that Victorian-era look as is exemplified by my next choice in designer), All Saints (deconstruction, asymmetrical hemlines, bustles!!), Marni for shoes, because I adore that chunky 70’s meets futuristic look, Martin Margiela, Nanette Lepore (so romantic), Elizabeth and James (so wearable)
How long have you been following InTheirCloset.com already and how come you wanted to write for us?
C: I’ve been reading InTheirCloset weekly for the past 4-5 months. The first time I came across it (after googling a lower priced version of a shoe I was lusting after) I knew it was meant to be. Not only is the whole idea perfect for me (because I was a young fashion-obsessed woman living in NYC but with zero money), but the actual items that were being posted about were right up my alley. I loved that shoe and that shoe and that dress. I actually pride myself on being able to find lower priced versions of the things I “have” to have. InTheirCloset is a great fit for me because it exactly mirrors my approach to fashion.
If I was a fashion-item, I’d be…
C: The Martin Margiela Ovine Wedge. A beautiful and sleekly designed shoe, with a prominent but totally manageable heel. A shoe that can be worn with a skirt, a dress, a pair of pants. It fits in anywhere.
I would never wear…
C: Sorry, Martin Margiela, but those goat toe shoes? No.
I can’t leave the house without…
C: Ha…it’s actually makeup. *Hangs my fashion head in shame*. MAC lipstick. I have about 4… in my bag. I have about 30 in my apartment.
Best Spring 2010 collection?
C: Chanel. Hands-down. Beautifully romantic, as Spring should be, but also completely wearable. I also love, love, love those 4 inch clogs. Everyone should own a pair. Several of those party/cocktail dresses were quite simply breathtaking.
Your mantra for 2010?
C: If you can stay positive you can make truly great things happen.
Thank you, Celine, for taking the time to answer these questions and WELCOME TO THE TEAM!