When it comes to sharing an enthusiasm for fashion, nobody holds a candle to Bip Ling. Fresh off her Company magazine cover with Susie Bubble, the superblogger splits her time between New York City and London, where her exuberant, poppy style landed her a gig as the face of Forever 21 in the U.K.
Fans of Ling's "bloggey woggey" (her words) and Twitter feed are no stranger to the DJ/style star's manic musings (cuddles and moochin' are favourite terms) as she hits the clubs and rubs elbows with fashion's finest. But whether she's sharing mojito recipes (via word bubbles, GIFs, and clip art) or showing off her latest designer outfit, there's no arguing that the 23-year-old certainly has a lust for life.
We tracked the pony-tailed beauty down in New York City for a playful shoot showcasing her ferociously fun style. Click through to see how Britain's blogger du jour fares in the Big Apple, and learn more about her muses, top fashion moments, and upcoming TV project.
Photographed by Maia Harms
What projects are you working on right now?
"I am finishing off a children's book that I am writing, and developing a TV show."
Bip gets her caffeine fix while wearing an Hermès headscarf and a top designed by her mother, Tanya Ling.
How would you describe your personal style?
"British Museum Chic on a crumpet."
The style star makes herself at home in her NYC pad in Diesel jeans and gold Miu Miu trainers.
Do you dress differently when you’re in NYC?
"Not really I don't think! I kinda seemed to hang out in my gym clothes more in NYC! That's what a lot of New Yorkers do! I did actually notice that everyone in NYC always wear wellies when it rains. I didn't wear wellies in the city; the last time I wore them was in Cambridge when I went on a dog walk with my family during Christmas!"
And your favourite British designers?
"Louise Gray, Vivenne Westwood, and PPQ!"
A Muubaa leather jacket and she's ready to hit the town.
Who are your favourite NYC designers and labels?
"Diane von Fustenberg. I used to work in one of her shops in Wimbledon Village when I was 17! I also love Marc Jacobs."
Your parents are also involved in fashion and art. Tell us about their influence on your style.
"My mummy always said to my little sister and me that every day is a stylie day, which I think is the best advice. Why not do something fun with your hair, wear a pretty dress, and do your makeup? My daddy always loves it when my little sis Evangeline and brother Pele all are in our best clothes."
The blogger/DJ takes to the streets in a Moncler puffa jacket, Levi's dress with a pink Sonia Rykiel collar, blue Topshop tights, Chanel pumps, and a Burberry headband.
You also DJ. What five tracks are on your must-have list?
"Mark Ronson's 'Somebody to Love Me," Rihanna's 'Diamonds," Rod Stewart's 'Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?', Rudimental's 'Feel the Love,' and The Libertines' 'Don't Look Back into the Sun.'"
What’s been your most surreal fashion moment?
"When I met Karl Lagerfeld at the Karl launch at Selfridges last summer. I dressed as him! I wanna do that again!"
You have amazing hair. What's your go-to salon?
"My hair is taken care of at Paul Edmonds in London. I've been going there for about two years now. I love that place!"
Winter weather calls for a Moncler jacket, checked Warehouse jumper layered over a Comme des Garçons shirt, black denim shorts from one Teaspoon, Topshop polka dot tights, red Céline heels, and a hot pink beret purchased from a hat shop in NYC's Soho neighbourhood.
What phrase do you most overuse?
What inspires you?
"Everything, everywhere, everyone! Books, magazines, films, and art."
If you could steal one look from the spring '13 runways, what would it be?
"Louis Vuitton! I totally need to steal one of those square dresses! OH MY DAYSSSS I WANT!!!!!"
What’s your fashion philosophy?
"Work it, honey!"
Watch this, Karl! Ling chills on the fire escape in a white Chanel dress paired with Topshop tights, Rag & Bone boots, her Muubaa leather jacket, and a Supreme beanie.
What would people be surprised to know about you?
"I like to live in the moment, be a bit spontaneous, and have a good old time!"
What’s your take on NYC style vs. London style? Do you have a favourite?
"Both in NYC and London I've spotted a lot of cool stylie styles hanging out. I think both are different, and I love both in their different ways!"
Where do you see yourself in five years?
"I see myself Bipping and sipping on champagne with my family and friends!"