Collins took time away from her busy life of studies (she¬'s a Broadcast Journalism student at USC) and hosting duties (she¬'s the new pop culture correspondent for Nickelodeon) to chat with us about her style icons, must-visit stores, and where she finds her favorite accessories. She also walked us through each of her above outfits and gave us the details on every look.
While many up-and-coming young ladies totally depend on stylists and only wear borrowed clothes for events, Collins dresses herself. The London-born, LA-raised budding journalist primarily sticks to jewel tones (¬"I¬'m really fair, so pale colors wash me out¬") and nods to her English roots via slightly prim (by Hollywood standards, anyway) silhouettes.
Aside from her smart color choices and demure, yet sophisticated outfits, we also admire how Collins always mixes price points. She¬'s wholly unconcerned with the pedigree of a particular shoe or skirt¬--mall brands to major designers are all welcomed¬--just as long as is pleases her fancy. For example, at a book signing party for Vogue¬'s Hamish Bowles (first image, above left), Collins wore a navy Oscar de la Renta dress with sandals from Walk, an inexpensive UK-based shoe company. She¬'s also a major vintage sleuth and scours the local LA flea markets and vintage expos for choice finds, like her fantastic crocodile-embossed clutch. In short, Collins has thoughtful, refined, and age-appropriate personal style and is definitely one to watch. ¬--JESSICA AMENTO
A few of Lily's favorite things...
Style Icons: Sarah Jessica Parker, Cameron Diaz, Agyness Deyn, Rachel Bilson, America Ferrera
Spring Accessory: Tom Ford sunglasses
Designers: Marc Jacobs, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Vivienne Westwood
Shops: (London) Topshop, Vivienne Westwood, Selfridges (Los Angeles) Paperbag Princess (¬"I¬'m like a kid in a candy store in that store.¬"), Barneys, Marc Jacobs, Theory (¬"I love their comfortable sweaters.¬"), Phillip Lim, and the local flea markets (Melrose, Santa Monica, and the Rose Bowl).
Outfits and images, from left
1. Book signing party
Dress: Oscar de la Renta; Shoes: Walk
2. Linda Loudermilk Spring 08 show
Dress: Linda Loudermilk; Shoes: Zara; Bag: Vintage
3. Charity luncheon
Skirt: Alex Gaines; Shirt: Tommy Hilfiger: Shoes: Zara; Bag: Vintage
4. Lauren Conrad Collection Fall 08 show
Dress: Arden B.; Shoes: Office
5. Teen Vogue Party
Dress: Libertine for Target; Shoes: Steve Madden; Bag: Chanel
Photos of Lily, Getty Images.