One of the things we love about Lapina's backstage style is her inclination for a sophisticated textural mix. Take, for example, her powerful ensemble backstage at Dries van Noten's S/S 11 show (top row, left). This striking all-black look is made interesting through the use of double leather, in the form of Rick Owens' Biker Jacket from F/W 10 and Rag & Bone's Classic Legging ($525, 212.219.2204) in black leather, while her vintage boots add a touch of toughness. Once again reaching for leather outerwear, but this time opting to team it with suede, Lapina also pulled on a leather bomber-style jacket with Rag & Bone's The Classic Legging ($985, 212.219.2204) in black suede leather, a Miu Miu bag, Christian Louboutin boots, and Oscar de la Renta's Gold Astrakhan Printed Scarf ($450) from F/W 10 while running around New York Fashion Week during the S/S 11 shows (far right). We love how she once again turned a head-to-toe black ensemble into something deliciously complex by breaking up the colorless palette with an eye-catching scarf. Following a similar style formula, i.e., using a festive piece in contrast with a dark base, Lapina threw on a glittering gold sweater--a dazzling hometown find--with Vince shorts and Topshop's Black Satin Collar Tux Blazer ($135) backstage at Valentino's S/S 11 show for an excellent cocktail look (top row, far right).
While Lapina does love her noir-hued basics--perhaps because they offer such a compelling contrast to her nearly white locks--she proved she also can lighten up on occasion! Case in point: backstage at Narciso Rodriguez's S/S 11 show, where the MOD used a light gray Narciso Rodriguez blazer to accent her beloved Rag & Bone's The Classic Leggings ($985, 212.219.2204) in black suede leather, vintage boots, a Prabal Gurung t-shirt, and her Miu Miu bag (bottom row, far left). The spring jacket offers a lovely ladylike contrast to her edgy black base, making the entire ensemble a little less harsh. Of course, Lapina doesn't shy away from a warm-weather look, as she demonstrated backstage at Michael Kors' S/S 10 show (top row, center). There the super-strutter eschewed all outerwear and opted for a simple white button-down and black Levi's jeans, resulting in an effortlessly chic ensemble that looks every bit the epitome of off-duty cool.
Finally, during New York Fashion Week F/W 10, today's muse provided the perfect example of an oft-challenging style situation: cold-weather chic (bottom row, center). To arm herself against the winter chill, the stylesetter bundled herself in a City Parka ($250) and Scrunch Gloves ($30), both from Eryn Brinie, and grounded the look with Rag & Bone's The Legging ($165, 212.219.2204) in Midnight. The final touch was provided via a Michael Michael Kors' Hamilton Tote ($298) which was generously gifted to all the models who walked in the designer's F/W 10 show.
Luckily, getting this MOD's look is surprisingly simple--all it takes is a few key pieces and wardrobe essentials you may already have in your closet! If not, don't worry; we have plenty of options that will get you perfectly outfitted! One of the primary items on your list should be some leather or leather-like pants. We suggest investing in Helmut Lang's Jersey & Leather Combo Leggings ($690)--after all, leather pants are endlessly versatile--or picking up DKNY's Faux Leather-Front Pants ($99) for a more wallet-friendly version. Black bottoms are imperative to nailing Lapina's look so we'd also buy some inky denim; try Seven for All Mankind's The Skinny Jeans ($178) in black or Frankie B. Jean's French Kiss Leggings ($151). Pair one of these skinnies with a great flak jacket--either Staring at Stars' Hooded Parka ($49) or the Hooded Army Jacket ($128) from Nasty Gal should do the trick--and you'll have a stellar cold-weather outfit that's totally model approved!
Next, it's time to scoop up a few lighter-colored tops to brighten up your tout-noir basics. We like Pins & Needles' Scalloped Placket Chiffon Blouse ($59), Sparkle & Fade's High/Low Button Down Shirt ($49), or Nasty Gal's Downtown Blouse ($48) for a look similar to Lapina's backstage ensemble at Michael Kors. However, if you're dying to recreate our muse's snazzy cocktail outfit from the Valentino S/S 11 show, try throwing Plastic Island's Jagger Tuxedo Blazer ($198) or Alexander Wang's Essential Boyfriend Blazer ($525) over Vince's Metallic Dolman Sweater ($320) for an equally eye-catching, after-hours ensemble.
Lastly, put the finishing touches on your Lapina-inspired look by getting two key accessories--a bag and a scarf--and you'll be ready to step out in style! An MOD outfit is never complete without a giant tote, and we have a bevy of black carryalls to get you on your way! If you'd like to invest in this must-have piece, try Marc by Marc Jacobs' Totally Turnlock Lucy Tote ($498), otherwise grab Cooperative's Multi Flap Turnlock Satchel ($58), Topshop's Ruched Lock Detail Shoulder Bag ($80) or Topshop's Hinge Front Flap Bag ($70) for a quick fix! Finally, take a note from Lapina's lookbook and use a patterned scarf to jazz up an otherwise neutral ensemble. We recommend Asos' Crinkle Oversized Leopard Scarf ($26), Diane von Furstenberg's Gracey Animal Print Scarf ($160), or Alexander McQueen's Scarf ($294) to top off and punctuate your lovely, Lapina-worthy look.--Liza Kaplan