If you love to comb through street style snaps, you've probably come across Leaf Greener one more than one occasion. The founder of LEAF WeChat magazine and former Elle China editor has become a veritable fashion week star, but how much do you really know about her? Estée Lauder's blog, The Estée Stories, caught up with Greener during NYFW and picked her brain about all things fashion, paparazzi, and beauty.
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On her personal style: "I don’t have a style. I have personality and what I wear goes with my personality. And there are a lot of layers there [in my personality]. All women, we all have a dark side and a bright side. We are complex. But it’s all a part of me. So I like to play with clothes.
"My inspiration comes from my experience. Something I see. Someone I talked to. Somewhere I’ve been. I don’t want to be a copycat or a wannabe. I have to be me."
On being mobbed by the paparazzi: "I feel a lot of pressure—especially at the shows in Paris, because every photographer goes to Paris. They take very quick pictures and they don’t do any Photoshopping. And I might be jetlagged or my hair might not be right, but the photos will be released and people comment. Especially in China, people want to look perfect.
"Fashion Week is the stage for me—I have to perform. Thank God I don’t have to do it every day, like a celebrity. I’m a very private person, actually."
On her daytime look: "I just wanted to keep it very American. Denim is such a big part of American culture. And the colors [in my sweater and cape] were very American: red and blue, like the American flag. I normally don’t wear jeans, but I always do when I’m in New York. I always like to wear things relevant to the city and the country I am in.
"During the day, I always wear a natural makeup look. I like to look very fresh. I don’t like to do overkill things on myself with my makeup, my hair or my clothes. I like effortless chic—less is more. So I use a light-colored lipstick, like a pastel pink. And I usually wear my hair down, just natural. I’ve had bangs since I was a little girl. It’s a very Asian thing to have bangs. I cannot live without them. But in strong winds, they can look really strange."
On her evening look: "This reminds me of an outfit I wore in New York five years ago, when the paparazzi first noticed me. The jacket is a piece from the collection I wore then. It was inspired by the pop art of Roy Lichtenstein. I like how my orange-red lipstick [Ed. note: Here it’s Pure Color Envy Matte Sculpting Lipstick in Volatile] plays off the colors in the jacket.
"When I’m going out, I like to try different things with my hair. I like a high ponytail or a braid or a braided ponytail. I wear my hair up because I like to wear oversized earrings. And I like to do a strong, bright lip color and a strong look for my eyes: a cat eye. I don’t like to spend a lot of time on my makeup. So if I do a strong eye and a strong lip, that’s it, I’m done."
On how she survives fashion week: "Champagne! [Laughs.] I try to go to sleep early, but sometimes it’s impossible. I do a lot of face masks when I have time. And I always have a healthy breakfast. I love to have scrambled or sunny-side-up eggs. Well, maybe my breakfast isn’t really healthy. I love chicken sausage—a lot of chicken sausage. And then cappuccino, orange juice, champagne, Earl Grey tea. I drink a lot of things for one person. And I always wear something very practical. Very beautiful, but it has to be practical. So for Fashion Week, it’s a lot of leather sneakers."
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