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Kate Lanphear Beauty Profile

Super Styley Beauty Icon: Kate Lanphear

Kate Lanphear is the style director of Elle, and she is also the number-one stunner in my book. She reminds me of the coolest girl in high school, the one who listened to Joy Division and drove a crappy vintage car and read The Waste Land at lunchtime. She makes me think of Watts from Some Kind of Wonderful gone fashion.

You'll usually find Kate wearing spiked bracelets with next season's Lanvin and Balmain, but you won't find her wearing much makeup. (Seeing her wear smoky eye makeup in this Stylista clip was a surprise.) Instead, she sports flawless skin, a bit of lip balm, and her signature look — cropped hair in a lightning-shock shade of blonde. It's not a look that everyone can pull off, obviously, but every time I see her at fashion week, it takes all of my composure not to run to the nearest Duane Reade and buy a hair-bleaching kit. Are you crushing on her white-light-white-heat style, too?


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Ladytron7000 Ladytron7000 6 years
Five years ago I had spiky white-beige hair. Totally hot. Someday I'll do it again.
Greentea1203 Greentea1203 6 years
I used to have white blonde hair just like this. I loved it so much and got compliments all the time on it, but it was just too hard to keep up with coloring my roots every 2 weeks or so. I have naturally golden blonde hair--but against white, even those looked dark. I have dark auburn hair now, but always miss my white hair!!
chaumeout chaumeout 6 years
She's as cool as heck, but my favourite thing about this lady is unlike other fashion ladies, she seems totally approachable.
mscc mscc 6 years
She pulls off that hairstyle well!
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 6 years
I only say that because I was just looking at an old Jane magazine. She was actually in it (didn't know who she was when I originally saw it), and she was quoted as saying "I only listen to The Smiths". I doubt that's literally all she listens to though. I could imagine her listening to Joy Division too. :rock:Wasn't there a smiley with headphones? I thought that one would be better for this.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 6 years
I only say that because I was just looking at an old Jane magazine. She was actually in it (didn't know who she was when I originally saw it), and she was quoted as saying "I only listen to The Smiths". I doubt that's literally all she listens to though. I could imagine her listening to Joy Division too. :rock: Wasn't there a smiley with headphones? I thought that one would be better for this.
Beauty Beauty 6 years
Well, at the very least, I'd bet she gets Raf Simons' visual allusions to Ian Curtis. I've always thought that if I were a designer, I'd be all over Joy Division, the Jam (who influenced Hedi Slimane's skinny suits), and "Loveless." I contend that this is the year of the shoegaze revival. And maybe of me going blonde for the first time since I was 13. :)
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 6 years
I love her look. I think it's perfect for her. Music wise though, I think she'd be more likely to be listening to The Smiths actually. ;)
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