Kate Lanphear

The Elle fashion and style editor divulges her fashion fetishes. By Christene Barberich
katelanphear_verticalMany recognize New York-based fashion editor Kate Lanphear for her un-missable shock of platinum hair. But it's the Elle senior fashion and style editor's unmatched skills in dressing up—and down—that keep her at the tippy-top of everyone's aspirational style list (present company included).
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Lanphear, who came to Elle via Sydney where she held fashion posts at both Vogue Australia and Harper's Bazaar, admits to some ongoing sartorial weaknesses—studs and gray cashmere, included—and a decidedly anti-fashion manifesto, "My style is really Pot Luck," she says. "Whatever has just come back from the dry-cleaner." Here, the Washington, D.C.-native fesses up to the standbys, secrets, addictions, and afflictions that form her pitch-perfect code of chic.
Tell us the five things you find yourself buying/wearing/replacing again and again—
katelanphear_supatubes1. Aussie Lee Supa Tubes jeans.
"I brought as many as I could carry when I moved from Oz to New York. I am totally lost though because they have since changed the cut."
katelanphear_burnouttee2. Alternative Burnout T-shirts
"I'm living in them at the moment. They've done all the work breaking them in already."
Alternative Burnout T-shirt photograph via teenvogue.com
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katelanphear_graycashmere3. Gray Cashmere.
"Anything and everything gray cashmere. My fave is an old Alexander Wang super-low V-neck."
Alexander Wang fall/winter 2006 collection
katelanphear_holes4. Anything and everything with holes.
"Thank goodness for Christopher Kane's newest collection in this case."
Christopher Kane spring/summer 2008 collection dress
katelanphear_studs5. Anything and everything studded.
"I have zero control. I couldn't pay my rent this summer because I had to have the Balenciaga gladiators in every color available."
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Balenciaga spring/summer 2008 collection
katelanphear_tshirt6. Jeans & T-shirts.
"I know it's so terribly boring. But I take my appreciation for tees to whole new heights and spend a small fortune on James Perse and Neal Sperling. Then, I just throw on an old Dior Homme blazer and the highest heels I can find."
Picture-187. Whose style provokes you?
"The man in black Johnny Cash…talk about someone with conviction of style."
Johnny Cash image courtesy MPTV.net
katelanphear_limblazers8. Anything you're hankering for right now?
"The Louboutin studded shoes from Rodarte's recent show. I am also obsessed with Phillip Lim's men's colored blazers and Bruce's chiffon vests."
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3.1 Phillip Lim spring/summer 2008 collection, image via style.com
katelanphear_lanvin9. Black tie must…
"It has to be Lanvin."
Lanvin spring/summer 2008 collection, image via style.com
katelanphear_thesmiths10. If your style had a theme song it would be…
"'Please, please, please let me get what I want' by The Smiths—so many gorgeous, gorgeous things and so few dollars in the bank balance, ya know?"
The Elle editor divulges her fashion fetishes.
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