With utterly chic sensibilities and a discerning eye for trends, editor of cult beauty blog Into The Gloss Emily Weiss has definitely caught our attention, to say the least. Having previously worked at esteemed glossies like Vogue, Teen Vogue, and W, Weiss possesses serious fashion know-how that translates into top-notch outfits, which makes her an exceptional choice for this month's Style Stalker! We're thrilled that she's now regularly snapped at fashion week and red carpet events, since that means we get to witness her first-rate ensembles on a regular basis. In addition to being avid fans of her personal style, we're crazy about Into the Gloss too, which features a slew of industry insiders revealing their beauty secrets and routines. All in all, we think Weiss is an inspiring choice for today's story and certainly hope you agree!
One thing we appreciate about Weiss is her ability to pull off a wide range of looks. Her ensembles run the gamut from ultra feminine, like the sequined frock she donned at the RxArt event sponsored by Chanel in New York in September, to menswear chic, such as the eye-catching all-white suit she wore to the Coach Summer Party on the High Line back in June. We also adore her penchant for adding tough-girl accents, which always lend an intriguing twist to her outfits. Take, for instance, the leather jacket she wore to the unveiling of the documentary The Client in New York in October. The edgy topper looked fantastic against a sweet LWD, especially when accessorized with statement shoes and patterned clutch. Weiss took a similar approach to dressing at the S/S 11 shows in Paris earlier this year, when she juxtaposed biker boots with a feminine, floral frock and a slouchy sweater, resulting in yet another superb look.
Are you as enamored with her style as we are? Then you'll be delighted to find out that Weiss was kind enough to share some of her inspirations, favorite trends, wardrobe staples, and more! Read on for her answers, plus take a look at our hand-picked pieces that will help you recreate her super chic sensibilities!-Erin Fitzpatrick
Go for a glitzy evening look with a sequined dress.
Reed Krakoff dress and shoes; vintage bag.
"I generally prefer looser, easier dresses; you won't find me in a Herve Leger number. I like feeling like myself when I get dressed up. Black and blue is a favorite combination of mine, and I love the hammered sequin embellishment."
Similar Essentials: ASOS Revive Sequin Wrap Front Mini Dress ($273); DKNY Sequin Party Dress ($98); Parker Sequined Camisole Dress ($308).
Punch up a black and white look with multi-colored heels.
Balenciaga dress; Alexander Wang jacket; Salvatore Ferragamo bag; Prada shoes.
"The perfect LBD: I found it at a Balenciaga sample sale. The Alexander Wang jacket has a great languid feel to it that makes it the perfect topper for a night out. And these Prada shoes-I call them my Prada Tevas. They are so wacky and buckled, but somehow, they still look "right" and not outdated. A real accomplishment for shoes that are more than three years old, I think."
Similar Essentials: River Island Diamente Double Strapped Heeled Shoes ($100); Nine West Stylin Platform Sandals ($89); DV by Dolce Vita laRENA Platform Heeled Sandals ($182).
Try a pair of dip-dyed jeans for a cool fall look.
Dries van Noten jeans and sweater; Salvatore Ferragamo bag; Céline sunglasses.
"I always make time to shop during Paris Fashion Week. This ensemble was on my wish list for months before I tracked it down, and I practically wore it out of the shop. That little Ferragamo bag has served me well-it goes with everything and is remarkably roomy."
Similar Essentials: Current/Elliott The Arrow First Love Bleach Dip Jeans ($79); create your own by checking out our Do It Yourself: Dip Dye Jeans story!
Zara suit; Alexander Wang blouse; Coach bag; Prada shoes.
"A full suit-a modern suit, no tailoring required-for under $300. Need I say more? It was my Bianca Jagger moment."
Similar Essentials: ASOS Premium Double Breasted Blazer ($95) and Premium Slim Pants ($61); Carven Double-Breasted Blazer ($249); Theory Max C Original Pants ($235).
Give a LWD an edgy twist with a leather jacket.
Alexander Wang shirtdress; Balenciaga jacket; Dries van Noten clutch; Gucci shoes.
"I've owned this shirtdress for years and love its versatility. The Gucci shoes were a wise investment-I've worn them nearly every day for the past three months. The Dries clutch is a great day-to-evening bag."
Similar Essentials: Topshop Quilted Leather Biker Jacket ($300); Zara Leather Jacket ($159); Victoria's Secret Leather Quilted Motorcycle Jacket ($199); Carven Silk Twill Dress ($179).
Polish your outfit with a navy tux jacket.
Zara jacket; Topshop tank; Rag & Bone jeans; Gucci shoes.
"I can't go into Zara and leave empty handed. The cut of this jacket is pretty impressive, and I love the colorway. I recently transitioned into wearing more pants instead of skirts and dresses, and bought these Rag & Bone skinny jeans in black and burgundy. I love the way they fit. In lieu of a bag, which I tend to stash under a hair or makeup table when I'm backstage, I've got my trusty Canon slung over my shoulder."
Similar Essentials: Zara Blazer with Shiny Lapel ($90); Balenciaga Blazer ($630); Hoss Intropia Night Blue Blazer with Black Collar ($335).
Balance a bold print with a solid, neutral top.
Vintage dress; Alexander Wang sweater; Miu Miu boots.
"Sometimes I love to slip on a long, tattered vintage dress. And sometimes, it's chilly. It's technically a "summer" dress but I wear it twelve months out of the year, layered up. The proportions of this sweater make it really special."
Similar Essentials: Girl by Band of Outsiders Oversized U-Neck Sweater ($298); Forever 21 Longline Floral Skirt ($14); Lucca Couture Floral Skirt ($75).
Q & A
Please describe your personal style in two sentences or less.
One part monochromatic/masculine French editrix, one part vintage-loving romantic with a penchant for the artisanal, and one hundred percent high-low mix.
How does the city you live in inspire your day-to-day style?
I think girls in New York really dress for themselves-not for guys, not for each other. It's a very powerful sense of personal style. So I don't get the sense that there is a discernable "New York look." Lately, and I don't know whether or not this has to do with living in New York-or maybe it's just a winter thing-but I've totally gotten into uniform dressing. I'll wear the same Balenciaga moto jacket every day, same Rag & Bone black jeans, and alternate between a couple of different sweaters (Topshop and Céline), ankle booties (black Zara, silver Chanel) and my Dries clutch or black PS1. I'm not gliding in and out of cars all day long-this is a walking city, a subway city, a rushed city. I need to be comfortable and practical, and not take too long in my closet in the morning. I like to really figure out a few things I love to be in, and have them at arm's reach.
List some of your favorite current trends and why you appreciate them/how you are wearing them.
I've really been into "white as the new black." I think an all-white outfit, even simple pieces like white jeans and a white Equipment blouse, makes a beautiful statement, and it's easy. The other day I added an ivory Margiela blazer on top and boom-winter white made easy. I love the 1940's dresses at Miu Miu and Vuitton, and I'm wearing a bunch of my old dresses in the winter, layering with flat boots and sweaters. And I love, love clutches for daytime. I hunted down the beaded patent tortoiseshell Dries Van Noten envelope clutch this season and I wear it everywhere, even to the deli to grab coffee. Any accessories that are small and special-interesting materials, hardware-I find to be great finishing touches to more minimal clothes. It's a challenge not to buy the shoes in black...but if most of your clothes are neutral, why not?
Who are some of your style icons and why?
Jane Birkin in and around the time of Slogan in the '60s-just so, so beautiful. Gwyneth Paltrow in Great Expections-the best of that sleek '90s dressing. I don't dress that way, really, but it definitely made an impression. And there's a Brazilian fashion editor, Costanza Pascolato, who is an incredibly chic older woman, always subtly embracing trends and interpreting them in her own way. She's very Anne Bancroft in The Graduate. And then, of course, I love to look at Kate Moss and Emmanuelle Alt.
Name one go-to piece in your closet and why.
Actually, at the moment it's a button-down chambray shirt from Madewell, that I "borrowed" from my friend Ashley a couple of months ago and can't bring myself to return. You see them on everyone-everywhere-but to get the right cut, then the right texture, and color-forget it. It's longer, which I really love. I wear it untucked, unbuttoned over a T Alexander Wang slouchy tank and skinny black jeans. Sorry Ashley...
List 5 of your favorite places to shop?
1. Alexander Wang, SoHo NY
2. Zara, SoHo NY
3. Bergdorf Goodman, NY
4. Barneys, NY
5. Colette, Paris
Photos of Emily Weiss, courtesy of Billy Farrell Agency and Vanessa Jackman,