Multi-talented doesn't even begin to describe today's Style Stalker subject, Hannah Bronfman. The ambitious 23-year-old's resume boasts a variety of pursuits, including DJ, sculptor, and co-founder of Green Owl-an environmentally conscious company comprised of a record label, blog, and an organic clothing line (designed by Bronfman herself, of course). In addition to these impressive professional credentials, she has amazing personal style that's definitely worth noting. Whether it's a printed jumpsuit or a feathery cocktail dress, Bronfman can pull off any look with ease, which is why we're turning the spotlight on her spot-on aesthetic in today's Style Stalker story!
Sartorially speaking, Bronfman definitely leans towards feminine looks and makes them her own by mixing in unexpected and quirky details. At the Salvatore Ferragamo Resort 2012 presentation in New York back in June (bottom, right), for example, she updated a classic button-up-and-skirt combo by knotting the shirt to reveal a bare midriff-a smart outfit idea, if you ask us! We also love how she punched up a neutral frock at a Gap 1969 event in New York a few months ago (left, middle). She added a vibrant bag and retro sunglasses to the flirty dress, resulting in one fantastic party ensemble. Like any savvy tastemaker, her repertoire also extends well beyond ladylike ensembles. We particularly like how she combined leather pants with a sheer top and an of-the-moment choker at a Hugo Boss event in New York this summer (left, bottom). We're crazy about the tough-girl details, which effectively spiced up her sophisticated look.
If you're smitten with her style too, you're in luck because Bronfman was kind enough to answer a few questions on her favorite trends, inspirations, and more! Read on for our Q&A and ideas on how to emulate her sensibilities!-Erin Fitzpatrick
Balance a printed jumpsuit with a chic blazer.
Suno jumpsuit; Helmut Lang jacket; Rag & Bone belt; Chloe Sevigny for Opening Ceremony boots; Chanel bag.
Similar Essentials: Alice + Olivia Leiby Wide-Leg Jumpsuit ($440); River Island Sleeveless Chiffon Print Jumpsuit ($79); Forever 21 Tread Print Strapless Jumpsuit ($23); Olivia Moon Knit Blazer ($88).
Finish your after-hours outfit with an on-trend choker.
IAN R.M. sheer top; Kiki de Montparnase bra; Lanvin jacket; Avenue Montaigne leather pants; Chloe Sevigny for Opening Ceremony heels; Miu Miu bag.
Similar Essentials: Anndra Neen Cage Choker ($650); nOir Maasai Navajo Single Strand Beaded Choker ($104).
Liven up a neutral dress with a bright bag.
Opening Ceremony dress; vintage Balenciaga sunglasses; K. Jacques sandals; Louis Vuitton bag.
Similar Essentials: Dooney and Bourke Classic Satchel ($198); ASOS White Sorrell Bag ($105); Marc Jacobs Quilting Noho Leather Shoulder Bag ($675).
Bottega Veneta dress and heels; Tom Binns bracelet.
Similar Essentials: Camilla and Marc Incidental Sleeveless Dress ($540); Josie Natori Dragon Lace Dress ($450); Antik Batik Embroidered Cotton Dress ($245).
Add interest to a white dress with an asymmetrical jacket.
Vintage Versace top and skirt; Rick Owens jacket; YSL heels; Rebecca Minkoff clutch.
Similar Essentials: Sass and Bide The Nostalgia Print Asymmetrical Jacket ($825); WISH Moda Jacket ($199); Gaiam Asymmetrical Thermal Shrug ($118).
Try a color-blocked sweater this season.
Avenue Montaigne leather pants; A.L.C. sweater; Christian Louboutin snakeskin boots; Reece Hudson bag.
Similar Essentials: Sonia Rykiel Long Sleeve Vintage Stripe Sweater ($795); C by Bloomingdales Cashmere Colorblock V-Neck Tunic ($170); INC International Concepts Sweater ($70).
Style your pleated skirt with a knotted shirt.
Steven Alan shirt; Fendi skirt; Super sunglasses; Louis Vuitton bag; Christian Louboutin heels.
Similar Essentials: Maeve Pleated Ponte Skirt ($88); Ella Moss Debutante Pleated Skirt ($148); Tucker Pleated Skirt ($460); J. Crew's Boy Shirt in Thomas Mason Fabric ($148); Gap Easy Perfect Shirt ($35).
Please describe your personal style in two sentences or less.
I'm half black and half Jewish and grew up in the music industry; my style mirrors my background. I would describe it has having elements of rock n' roll and hip hop culture, but the overall effect is pretty polished and girly.
How does the city you live in inspire your day-to-day style?
A friend of mine used to say that in New York, it's cheaper to take a taxi than walk, because you usually happen upon great stores while walking. This is definitely the problem in my neighborhood, which is kind of a shopping destination for both vintage and up-and-coming designers, both of which really suit me. At any given time, I have a neighborhood to-do list, which mostly involves buying clothing that I've accidentally discovered.
List some of your favorite current trends and why you appreciate them/how you are wearing them.
I must say that I don't like to follow trends; however, I've always loved color, so I'm mostly excited for the upcoming spring collections. Those mixed pastels and prints appeal to my seventh grade self. I've also recently gotten into jumpsuits. They're so easy, and I am sort of 1970s disco queen at heart.
Who are some of your style icons and why?
Lauren Bacall, definitely. She is so beautiful and actually wore the clothes instead of the clothes wearing her. I love that she could make a turtleneck look sexy, and that she favored menswear pieces like blazers and trousers. I also love Diana Ross, because my style definitely leans towards the flamboyant. She also liked to experiment, like me-I mean, that's what getting dressed up is all about! Not to mention she has fab hair!
Name one go-to piece in your closet and why.
My best friend is a stylist and likes to scold me for not having the basics, like black flats or a simple coat. She may have some merit, because I definitely get the most wear out of my plain, white, button-down shirt from Steven Alan. I can style it in so many different ways, day or night, but I usually like to button it all the way up for a nerdy look.
What are some of your favorite places to shop?
2. Ale et Ange
3. Dolce & Gabbana
Photos of Hannah Bronfman, courtesy of Billy Farrell Agency.