A Top L.A. Stylist Lets Us In (+ Meet Her Insta-Famous 5-Year-Old!)

The folks over at The Coveteur love playing to our voyeuristic side, and each week, the OG closet invaders will let us peek into the designer-laden digs of their — and our! — favorite tastemakers. Just one warning: The lust-worthy displays may cause an undying impulse to hang your jewels on your kitchen sink’s faucet. Now, let the swooning begin!
We almost feel as if this kind of purely indulgent closet porn — let's call it what it is — should almost come with a NSFW warning. (We say this as a cautionary call for your credit cards potentially holding your next month's rent hostage.) But also, it may stir feelings that cause you to be weirdly envious of a five-year-old. If you've taken so much as a scroll through the Instagram feed of tiny kindergartener, Alonso Mateo, chances are you've found yourself with a serious case of sudden-onset outfit envy, even though his wardrobe consists of button-downs and expertly tailored trousers. It turns out that innate style is (unsurprisingly) genetic; it wasn't until we swung by the Laguna Beach home of Mateo and his mother, Luisa Fernanda Espinosa, that it all made sense.
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It's one thing to peep @luisafere's Instagram, but it's a whole different situation seeing it up-close and personal. Espinosa's collection is arguably one of the most unbelievable that we've ever come across — and not to toot our own horn or anything, but that's seriously saying something. We mean, we're a crew that experiences virtual Birkin avalanches on the near-daily (and trust us when we say that they're hardly as glamorous as they sound). To break it down and put it all into perspective: The girl has like a handful of Balenciaga crowns from Ghesquière's last season. Believe us when we say that it just doesn't get any better than this.
When we arrived, it was already approaching Mateo's bedtime, but he couldn't have been happier to dive directly into dress-up mode for us. While Jake snapped away, we got busy digging through the family's joint wardrobes — after all, our work was pretty much cut out for us. No emoji properly articulates our faces when we nose-to-bag with the most colossal Chanel and Céline collections we'd ever seen. Glittery and gold lego clutches? Check. Neon crocodile Céline box bags? Check. Quilted velvet Boy bag? Check, check, and check.
After covering what felt like every square inch and dressing up all of the eccentric tchotchkes that littered their home (cause everyone deserves a little Tom Binns and Shourouk, right?), we finally made our way out the door — and yes, we were empty-handed. Pinky swear!
Oh, and as for little Alonso's closet? You'll just have to stay tuned! #comingsoontoacoveteurnearyou.
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All: Givenchy
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"My first ever designer splurge was a crimson red Alexander McQueen dress." Bag: CHANEL; Shoes: Christian Louboutin
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"I can't remember what inspired me to start styling Mateo. It came more naturally then most would think. I'm sure every mom can agree that they get excited when they have their first child to dress them the way they think is best. Alonso's favorite things to wear are sunglasses, suits, and sneakers." Blazer: Marc Jacobs; Shirt: American Apparel; Pants: Appama; Pin: Lanvin
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"I think Mateo has his own style, it's just whatever he is in the mood to wear that day. He's only five years old so it's still being defined. He is opinionated when it comes to something he does not want to wear. He will always speak up and let us know what he wants to change." Luisa: Top: Marni; Skirt: Dries Van Noten; Shoes: Gianvito Rossi; Mateo: Blazer: Marc Jacobs; Shirt: American Apparel; Pants: Appama; Shoes: Gucci; Pin: Lanvin
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"For the most part the reaction to Mateo's closet on Instagram has been very positive and there are lots of supporters; but with love always comes hate. When it comes to his viral popularity I'm still trying to figure it out myself because it was never planned. When we met Pharrell [Williams] it was totally random during NYFW. We passed him in the lobby of a hotel. Pharrell and his wife were incredibly nice." All: Gucci
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Top: Balenciaga; Skirt: Christopher Kane; Shoes: Alaïa; Sunglasses: Céline
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Top: Balenciaga; Skirt: Christopher Kane; Shoes: Alaïa; Sunglasses: Céline
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Top: Balenciaga; Skirt: Christopher Kane; Shoes: Alaïa; Sunglasses: Céline; Sweaters: Kenzo
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"When Mateo is older, I hope he'll pick whatever makes him feel most comfortable." Luisa: Top: Balenciaga; Skirt: Christopher Kane; Mateo: All: Gucci
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Sunglasses: Various Designers
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"I love collecting jewelry from the different places I travel to. Also anything with bugs on it I have to have, I'm fascinated by them." Jewelry: Various Designers
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Jewelry: Various Designers
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"I probably could not live with out a good pair of sneakers. My wildest pairs would have to be my Céline Furry stilettos or the Céline Toe heels, I get the biggest reaction from those." Shoes: Various Designers
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"A piece that got away: a pair of python Alaïa heels that I had returned. Once I realized I needed them I couldn't find my size anywhere." Shoes: Various Designers
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"When it comes to shoe designers I love, Golden Goose sneakers, Jimmy Choo, Alaïa, Aquazzura, and Narciso Rodriguez to name a few." All: Christian Louboutin
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"In my handbag you will find my wallet, cellphone, Chapstick, and Lego if I'm with Alonso." Bags: Various Designers
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All: Various Designers
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Jacket: Vintage
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"My personal style is a little bit of everything; I like mixing pieces that I find interesting. It sounds cheesy, but just be confident when you wear them, it makes all the difference." All: Various Designers
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"I've worn my furry Céline shoes maybe twice. Strangers usually get excited and comment but my friends and family are used to seeing me in loud pieces." Shoes: Céline; Bag: CHANEL
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Headpiece: Balenciaga; Sunglasses: CHANEL
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"When it comes to shopping in L.A. I love Opening Ceremony. I also really like Just One Eye, What Goes Around Comes Around, and Church." Red Shoes: Peter Pilotto; Jacket: Proenza Schouler
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"I can't remember a specific time when I first became interested in fashion, it was kind of gradual. I know that my passion really grew when I moved to California because so many designers became more accessible and I learned about a lot of new, up and coming designers." L to R. Tops: Céline, 3.1 Phillip Lim
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"Out of all my bags, I love my black and gold Chanel Lego bags. I'm also obsessed with Chanel Boy bags so any of those, or my Chanel flask. I love when I find any really cool vintage Chanel, for example the vanity case that I got from What Goes Around Comes Around boutique in L.A." Bags: CHANEL
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Jewelry: Various Designers
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Bags: Céline; Necklaces: Shourouk; Sunglasses: Various Designers
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Bag: CHANEL
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Bags: CHANEL
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Shoes: Céline
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Bags: CHANEL; Shoes: Various Designers; Skirt: Balenciaga
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"I rarely shop online for myself but for Mateo I do all the time." Bag: CHANEL; Shoes: Céline
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L to R. Shoes: Tom Ford, Giuseppe Zanotti, CHANEL
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Shoes: Givenchy
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Bags: CHANEL
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"In high school you could probably find me in jeans and a white t-shirt. Now I would say my style is more feminine and I'm more confident just wearing whatever I like. I really admire Iris Apfel, Michelle Harper, and Taylor Tomasi Hill." L to R. Jackets: Christopher Kane, Marni, Marni; Bags: CHANEL; Shoes: Christian Louboutin
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"A few of my favorite designers are Céline, Givenchy, Marni, and Acne. A designer to look out for would have to be Isa Arfen." L to R. Dresses: Givenchy, Peter Pilotto, Mary Katrantzou, Mary Katrantzou, Unknown Designer, Givenchy, Peter Pilotto
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Tops: Christopher Kane; Black Heels: Christian Louboutin; Bags: CHANEL; Black and White Shoes: Céline; Cuff: Givenchy; White Shoes: Givenchy
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Shoes: Saint Laurent
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Shoes: CHANEL
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Bag: Céline; Jewelry: Various Designers
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L to R. Jackets: Stella McCartney, Céline
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Jacket: Céline
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Shoes: Manolo Blahnik
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Shoes: Nicholas Kirkwood; Bag: CHANEL
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Bag: CHANEL; Skirt: Givenchy; Shoes: Givenchy
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Top: Balenciaga; Shoes: Saint Laurent
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Sweater: Saint Laurent
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Sweater: Givenchy
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Top: Proenza Schouler
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