Style Hunter hits NYC (for five mins)

18 April 2011

Last week I touched down in New York for two days of Banana Republic related fun. In between interviewing BR’s Creative Director Simon Kneen and watching the A/W '11 catwalk show, I managed to catch five minutes in the scorching sun on Broadway to get the digi out and snap a few fashionable ladies. I even avoided shopping (such dedication!) so that I had the chance to get these four gawgeous girls. It may have been but a quick jaunt, but the thing that struck me most of NY’s coolest is their ability to wear flat shoes so annoyingly well. Great jeans, glam flats and the skill to still not look casual is really quite impressive...

Renee Belluomini, 29, looked all American in this camel and black varsity jacket from Beck and Bridge.  J Brand skinnies and a slice of tan from her studded "Diego’" bag from Alexander Wang finish off her laid-back look.

Ballerina turned student, Jacquelin Reyes, 25, struck me as a Chloe Sevigny type. Don’t you agree? The flat boots from Cole Haan, super-short cut-offs from Abercrombie, a mannish Equipment shirt and Massimo Dutti blazer all master that boy-meets-girl-cool Chloe is so well known for.

Wow. Now this is a lesson in how to do this season’s thigh-split skirts. Flat elegant pumps give a slight dressing-down to 34 year old fashion designer Yael Aflalo’s own design top and maxi skirt (from her label The Reformation). A little tribal necklace and unruly curls only add to this girl’s innate chicness.

Ripped tights, clunky boots, a neon paint-splashed tee-as-a-dress and clear geeky specs – this girl (whose name I couldn’t catch as she was in such a rush!) is the very definition of hipster, no? Even that water bottle kinda matches her dress.

By Hannah Almassi. Photographs taken on the Olympus XZ-1.

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