Eleonora Carisi is more than just an adored style blogger; she's also a fashion enthusiast with an incredible eye for emerging designers and an impressive work ethic. Before starting JouJou Villeroy two years ago--a blog that covers beauty, lifestyle and design, fashion news, and street style--Carisi became the proprietor of YouYou Store in 2006, a concept boutique in her hometown of Turin, Italy, that sells pieces from up-and-coming artists alongside some of her own designs. All the while, she's managed a successful career as a stylist and model, most recently as the face of the Jimmy Choo 24:7 Stylemakers and Just Cavalli's "I Lock Your Love" campaigns. Resume aside, what earns this Italian beauty, with her violet dip-dyed hair and signature Cindy Crawford mole, the admiration of so many fashion fans is her perennially chic sensibilities and fearless approach to dressing. We pay homage to the street style favorite in this month's Style Stalker.
An oversized, bubblegum pink sweatshirt with a giant monster eye and ruffles on the sleeves may be intimidating for most, but for Carisi, it's simply a backdrop for displaying a stone-encrusted statement necklace. And that's just one example of our stalkee's risk-taking aesthetic. On any given afternoon, you might find her in a cobalt blue party dress with a feathered skirt or outfitted in a casual mix of pretty pastels punctuated with neon yellow heels; while unexpected, these outfits hint at current trends in noteworthy ways. We can appreciate her simpler styling tricks too, like adding texture to a LBD with a sheer white raincoat or balancing a bright frock with black accents, as the outcome always feels fresh. Want to get Carisi's look? We show you how here, plus don't miss our chat with the tastemaker below, where she reveals her closet go-tos, favorite places to shop, and more.--Jessica Baker
Elevate a playful sweatshirt with a lavish evening necklace.
Daniel Palillo Melting Eye Sweatshirt ($270); Dsquared2 necklace; ASOS shoes.
Similar Essentials: Kenneth Jay Lane Crystal Bib Necklace ($660); J.Crew Flower Lattice Crystal and Bead Necklace ($228); ASOS Cameo Premium Statement Stone Necklace ($150).
Brave the foul weather with a stylish raincoat.
Muji raincoat; Vivetta Roseberry Lace Dress ($180); Furla bag; Stella McCartney shoes.
Similar Essentials: MaxMara Raincoat ($995); Via Spiga Double Breasted Patent Rain Slicker ($100); Free People Printed Lace Raincoat ($88).
Invest in a leather jacket in a non-traditional hue.
Co|Te jacket, top, and skirt; Paula Cademartori bag; Max&Co. shoes.
Similar Essentials: Kelly Wearstler Newton Leather Moto Jacket ($1195) in Kelly Green; TahariLeather Knit Zip Moto Jacket ($260) in Merlot; Free PeopleFaux-Leather Motorcycle Jacket ($198).
Go retro-chic with a sleeveless printed blouse tucked into a pencil skirt.
Atmosphere top; H&M skirt.
Similar Essentials: QSW Sable Sleeveless Blouse ($78); Topshop Ice Cream Slit Back Shirt ($35); Free People Star Lace Crochet Pencil Skirt ($41).
Shake up your cold-weather routine with a vibrant minidress.
H&M Conscious Collection dress; Dolce & Gabbana sunglasses; Dsquared2 bag; Jimmy Choo shoes.
Similar Essentials: Trina Turk Crest Ponte Dress ($298); Madewell Tailored Minidress ($105) in Heirloom Rose; Splendid Bright Shift Dress ($58).
A feathered skirt is perfect for holiday party season.
Moschino dress; Corto Moltedo clutch; Jimmy Choo shoes.
Similar Essentials: J.Crew Victoria Feather-Skirt Linen Dress ($895); Juicy Couture Feather Skirt ($598); ASOS Dress with Feather Skirt ($211).
Punch up a mix of pretty pastels with a pop of neon.
Vintage Raf Simons sweater; What's Inside You skirt; Super sunglasses; Moschino bag; Stefanel shoes.
Similar Essentials: Cole Haan x Jen Brill & Olivia Kim Chelsea Ankle Strap Shoes ($530); Jeffrey Campbell Effie Neon Pumps ($145); Modcloth Girl of My Dreams Heels ($60).
Q&A with Eleonora
Please describe your personal style in two sentences or less.
An energetic milkshake with bright, acid orange colors flavored with hot chili in the perfect South Italy style.
How does the city you live in inspire your day-to-day style?
My city is called The Grey Turin, and thusly inspires me to do the opposite. There's a little place in me that allows dark colors, but only when I watch Six Feet Under and not because I want to dress in black with the classic white collar. My inspiration transcends from things like the idea of the sun behind a cloud.
List some of your favorite current trends and why you appreciate them/how you are wearing them.
Patterns: the idea that nothing makes sense gives meaning to everything. I like to mix lines with rhombus shapes, circles with flowers, and overlapping colors. Glitter: a woman should shine for every occasion, whether it's with the help of a sequin skirt, glitter shoes, or opulent accessories, such as necklaces with gemstones and dangling earrings.
Who is your style icon?
Name one go-to piece in your closet and why.
I recently bought a pair of Acne boots with massive heels that make you look taller (but not too much) and let you dance all night long in the worst bars of Caracas without losing your feminine, rock and roll style. They are perfect with skinny jeans and long skirts.
What are some of your fashion sites/blogs?
Tumblr. I do not have a specific one. I like to feed myself more pictures and less content.
Images courtesy of Stockholm Streetstyle and Eleonora Carisi.