Street Legal: Five Brooklyn Style Stars in Their Natural Environment

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THE LIFE OF A STYLIST—or style blogger, or fashion photographer, or wardrobe consultant, or whatever you want to call it, really—is one that’s been increasingly visible, even to the less fashionable among us. Here are five Brooklynites, shot on their home turf, who have succeeded in the notoriously choosy fashion industry, be it in personal style blogging, magazine editorial, or simply having some of social media’s most enviable presences, discussing their careers, fashion in Brooklyn, and all those leather jackets they can’t wait to wear come fall.

Photo by Aubrey Smith
Photo by Aubrey Smith

Lougè Delcy, Dapper LouIf you don’t already know this lifelong Brooklynite from Instagram, you should just ask any of the 41,000 followers tracking his many escapades. Delcy can make even the most commonplace of images—the hood of an old car, the Brooklyn Bridge from below—appear as though they’ve been shot on a tropical island.

Place of Birth:
I was born in Flatbush and raised in Sheepshead Bay.

Currently Resides:
East Flatbush.

Title:
I wear a lot of hats—photographer, stylist, creative director, and businessman. But my main medium is photography, so I’ll stick to that for now.

On how he got into fashion:
I knew I wanted to work in fashion but didn’t know where to start. I did random styling gigs but was completely dependant on photographers to send over images. When I purchased my camera, I became obsessed because I was able to produce work at my own pace. I worked part-time at a shoe store and gradually, my hobby turned into a career.

Favorite article of clothing:
I would have to say my backpack. It’s the one accessory I own that looks better the more I use it.

Best fashion advice he’s ever received:
To keep it simple. I used to think you had to be bold to make a statement, but then started to realize there is an elegance in simplicity.

Favorite neighborhood:
Bed-Stuy, hands down. I lived there for four years and met so many interesting people. Every so often street venders would sell products on their stoops, left and right new restaurants popped up, epic house parties, and the most stylish bikers riding by.

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dapperlou.com

Photo by Austin McAllister
Photo by Austin McAllister

Khalilah BeaversWith a client roster that boasts Carmelo Anthony, Rudy Gay, and Brandon Bass, Khalilah Beavers’ (née: Williams-Webb) sartorial influence extends far beyond her Bed-Stuy boutique, Shirley + Alice, where she sells high-end vintage garments. Now that she’s added “mom” to her title, however, the stylist is focusing her attention closer to home.

Place of Birth:
Baltimore.

Currently Resides:
Bed-Stuy.

Title:
I’m a woman of many hats these days! Wife, mommy, wardrobe and image consultant, and boutique owner.

What led you to a career in fashion?
I worked in retail for many years before I moved to New York. I knew I wanted a career in fashion, but I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do until one of my really close friends told me she was moving to New York to attend fashion school. I started researching careers and moved the next year. Initially, I wanted a career in fashion merchandising, but when I started to come in contact with stylists and learn more about the career, I quickly decided to pursue it.

Favorite article of clothing:
A pair of Levi’s cutoffs and a pair of Rag & Bone sweatpants. I love easy, effortless, and interchangeable clothes.

Best fashion advice she’s ever received:
Less is more. My mentor would say it when I would put on every piece of jewelry I owned at once! My outlook has changed. Jewelry is supposed to complement your look, not be your look. Pick a piece as a focal point and let it ride.

Favorite neighborhood:
Fort Greene. It’s the neighborhood in Brooklyn I gravitated towards when I moved to New York.

On what she expects to see in Brooklyn this fall:
For women you may see more of a girly-grungy mix, circle skirts with boots and Ts, finishing that great balance of androgyny. For men, mixing those vintage pieces with modern wear and bringing back the throwback brands like Coogi and Clarks.

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khalilahwilliamswebb.com

Erica Lavelanet, The Fashion PhilosophyErica Lavelanet’s job is to make other people look as beautiful as they possibly can, while just happening to look the part herself. So it’s no surprise that the native New Yorker’s personal style blog, The Fashion Philosophy, which offers up outfit ideas and product features, has Erica donning the very outfits she’s shilling.

Place of Birth:
Queens, but raised on Long Island. Commack, to be exact.

Currently Resides:
Williamsburg.

Title:
Wardrobe stylist and personal style blogger at The Fashion Philosophy.

On what led her into a career in fashion:
I grew up in the suburbs, dreaming about having a life here in the city. When I had the chance to move here for college to study fashion, I jumped at it.

Favorite store:
I really love Stella Dallas, because I’m a sucker for vintage Harley Ts and beat-up denim shorts. For a vintage shop, it’s sui generis boutique vintage. Don’t even get me started on their home goods.

Favorite article of clothing:
I have a kimono that was a hand-me-down from my grandmother, Abba. Every time I wear it, I picture her wearing it at my age and think how effortlessly cool she was and still is. It really tells a story for me. I want to be that woman.

On what she’s most excited to wear this fall:
Leather pants and a few chunky sweaters from Dex.

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thefashionphilosophy.com

Photo by Kenneth Bachor
Photo by Kenneth Bachor

Lisa Dengler, Just Another Fashion BlogMuch of personal style blogging is inspired by a love of design or photography, which has a certain way of inspiring envy of those doing the blogging. Case in point: Lisa Dengler of Just Another Fashion Blog, who seems to spend her time sipping coffee in Swedish cafés, watching Thai sunsets, and receiving floral arrangements from fashion houses. We couldn’t possibly hold it against her, though—she’s having too much fun doing it.

Born in:
I was born just outside of Munich but raised in Toronto.

Lives in:
Flatbush.

Title:
Blogger.

On what led her to a career in fashion:
A slightly complicated chain of events that started from my love of photography, then graphic design, then architecture, and then eventually fashion. Who knows what will come next!

Favorite piece of clothing she owns:
I have collected three 3.1 Phillip Lim bags, and I love them all so much. Though shoes tend to make an outfit, I gravitate towards bags as an investment piece since they last longer.

The best fashion advice she’s ever received:
Never say never. Don’t write anything off for being too uncool or unstylish since in a few years, a designer will come along and make it cool again. So those Birkenstocks I had from when I was a teenager? Look how handy they’ve become.

Favorite neighborhood:
Dumbo has a lot of really cool buildings, has a beautiful view of Manhattan, and is great for shooting. Plus, it’s not as crowded as Williamsburg nowadays.

On what she expects to see in Brooklyn this fall:
I think all the Brooklynites are going to be really excited about robe coats and oversized coats in general.

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just-another.me

Photo by Austin McAllister
Photo by Austin McAllister

Nicolette MasonThe rather messy subjects of feminism and fashion don’t always pair perfectly together, but Nicolette Mason’s work, found mostly on her blog and in the pages of Marie Claire, where she is a contributing editor, combines them brilliantly. And now with a new line in sizes XS to 4X for the e-commerce label ModCloth, we can all be a little bit more like her.

Place of Birth:
Los Angeles.

Currently Resides:
Williamsburg.

Title:
It’s a laundry list: I’m a contributing editor and columnist at Marie Claire, a creative consultant, and a blogger at my own website. I also just designed my first collection for ModCloth, launching this October in sizes XS to 4X!

On how she got into fashion:
I studied design and management at Parsons the New School for Design, and while I was there I held a variety of fashion industry and design internships. Upon graduation, I started working full-time as a brand strategist at an international design firm, and while I was there I started my blog. My blog grew pretty organically from that point, and I started freelancing for a bunch of publications, including Vogue Italia, Refinery29, and even Brooklyn Magazine! It’s been a very surreal evolution, but I’m riding every wave as it comes towards me.

Favorite store in Brooklyn:
I think it’s a toss up between Catbird and Bird, because I obviously love animals. Catbird caters to my feminine whimsy with its delicate jewels and finely curated selection of accessories and makeup, where Bird is a serious fashion destination. I just picked up my new favorite bag by Mansur Gavriel from there, and their selection of Tsumori Chisato makes my heart happy.

Favorite article of clothing:
I’d be lost without a serious leather motorcycle jacket. My absolute favorite is a completely beaten-to-death cropped one I found in the clearance rack at Topshop for less than $60.

Best fashion advice she’s ever received:
Fuck the rules. Wear what you love.

Favorite neighborhood:
I really love Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO. I know it’s kind of a clichéd answer, but they’re so romantic. I lose my breath every time I lookout onto the skyline from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade. My fiancé and I love taking the East River Ferry to Fulton Landing and walking aimlessly down there.

On what she’s most excited to wear this fall:
All the boots. I love Loeffler Randall’s booties the most, and every fall I treat myself to a new pair.

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