One of the first things we noticed about Linchuk's outfits is her tendency to favor a single silhouette. The foundation of her personal style is a skinny pant; she almost always builds her outfits around leggings, a slim pair of jeans, or form-fitting leather pants¬--all in inky tones, of course. Another Linchuk certainty is a fitted jacket, whether that's her go-to little leather jacket (combined with a plaid shirt and pointy pumps backstage at Preen F/W 09), a preppy boyfriend blazer (worn with knee-high boots post-show at Rag & Bone), or a sharp-shoulder cropped style (as seen at backstage at Donna Karan's S/S 10 show). In fact, our MOD is so enamored with little leather jackets¬--naming versions by Balenciaga, Gucci, and Belstaff as a few of her favorites¬--she designed one with the boys from Rag & Bone, which was sold as part of the Fall 09 collection and is currently on sale.
Within these strict parameters, Linchuk adds dimension to her lean-and-leggy looks via interesting layers. Sometimes they're long, like the semi-sheer embroidered tunic and snap-detailed jacket she mixed together after Zac Posen's F/W 09 show, other times they're shorter, such as the hip-length cardi and studded belt she wore while en route to Giambatista Valli's F/W 09 show, but they're always nuanced. Even her outerwear gets a little textural help; we love the surprise of a furry gilet over a double-breasted jacket and the unexpected leather arms on a mid-length funnel neck coat (as seen at Ralph Lauren's F/W 09 show over a floral dress).
To pull off your own version of Linchuk's understated √©lan, you obviously need some rock'n'roll basics. Of course we suggest saving up for your own Balenciaga moto jacket or picking up a Rag & Bone iteration, like the Bowery Leather Jacket ($1495). However, you just might like For Joseph's Cicletta Biker Jacket ($450) or Doma's Leather Motorcycle Jacket ($498) as immediate, more affordable alternatives. You can also add a little gothic glam with a petite and pointy jacket, like Robert Rodriguez's Crocodile Leather Jacket ($792), or via a snug suede style with padded shoulders, such as Illia's Tailored Suede Jacket with Zip Pockets ($649). In the trousers department, go for second-skin pants like L'Agence's Metallic Leather Leggings ($1030) or a killer pair of Bess' Leather Zip Leggings ($968) on the high end, while Charlotte Ronson's Zipped Leather Pants ($215) or Current/Elliott's The Legging Jeans ($176) will do the trick at a lower price point.
With our fashionable framework set, now you just have to add a few key layers to bring dimension to your MOD look. If you're mad for Linchuk's plaid shirt, you're in luck, as we've discovered a couple of great alternatives. Forever 21's Crinkle Plaid Shirt ($18) is a guilt-free treat, but if we had our druthers, we'd pick up Frank and Eileen's Barry Plaid Button Down ($158) instead. Otherwise, if you're looking for some lightweight layers, we suggest reaching for J. Crew's Cashmere V-Neck Sweater ($168) or Gap's Grosgrain-Trimmed Cardigan ($55), or you could just go for a classic tee, like Alternative Apparel's The Versaille Slub V-Neck ($30). Finish with a pair of universally adored flat boots, such as Fiorentini + Baker's Mid Shaft Buckle Boots ($525), or a pointy-toe pair of pumps, like the Preen 2 Part Court Shoe ($180) from Topshop, for an equally cool Linchuk-style look!
All images from firstVIEW.