When we caught up with Chrissy Rutherford, she was fresh from the NYC fashion week circuit and ready to hit the ground running here in London, with a jam-packed roster of runways, shows and events. Not content with running the digital fashion content at Harpers – a position she’s held for nearly 8 years - she’s also the magazine’s social media manager, as well as feeding her own revered Instagram account. A regular on the FROW and a street style favourite, her fearless style has long caught our attention, so we grabbed the opportunity to walk through her LFW wardrobe with her and discuss all things fashion…
Belted Leopard-Print Glossed-PU Cotton Trench Coat, £2,305 | Miu Miu, Colorado Thong Bodysuit, £160 | Wolford, Faux Glossed Leather Trousers, £180 (were £295) | MSGM, Marcelle Black Croc Leather Boots, £275 | Miista, Bag | Chanel
When it comes to fashion week packing, I like to be concise about what I’m going to wear. London Fashion Week is really only three and a half days long, so I keep it tightly edited.
There are some staples I always travel with – high-waisted jeans, a black turtle neck, and a good pair of black ankle boots. That’s my style uniform. For denim, I rate Citizens of Humanity, Frame and Mother – as long as they’re high-waisted and straight leg I’m happy. I’ve gotten rid of my skinnies - apart from one pair because I still think they’re useful with over the knee boots – but otherwise I prefer a nice relaxed fit.
The leopard trench is my favourite piece from today’s shoot. I have an affinity to animal print, but I especially love anything leopard. I treat it as a neutral – you could mix it with anything, and it just adds a cool touch. The black patent MSGM pants are also my new obsession.
Great style means having a point of view. You can only have great style if you’re wearing things you look and feel confident in. It’s not worth wearing anything fancy or really expensive, if you’re fidgeting and wondering if you look ridiculous or overdressed – it should be effortless.
My style is really versatile. Some days I wear a chic suit with sneakers, or I’ll wear black pants and a stiletto boot to look a little sexier. Another day, I’ll wear a feminine dress – it depends on my mood. But I always like to look polished, and not like I’ve spent hours getting ready.
For SS19, I’m after more dresses! I don’t have enough. I want easy, impactful styles that don’t require a load of accessories to make them feel complete. I’m thinking printed styles, or something with a really interesting neckline.
I’m willing to throw down money on jackets and shoes, because they’re the things you get most wear out of. I’ll also invest in a great white t-shirt – my favourites are from Frame Denim and Re-Done. Both do a really nice boxy fit that isn’t too oversized.
My best purchase ever was the Fendi cowboy boots in yellow. They’re the first item I really spent a lot of money on – they felt like an It Piece. When I’m investing, I do consider how often I‘m going to wear something or how long I’m going to love it for, but sometimes you just have that visceral reaction, that feeling of ‘I need to have these shoes or this jacket’. Sure, the cowboy boot trend is probably going to die out, but like everything else they’ll come back in style, and when that happens I’ll be happy that I bought them.
The difference between London and New York girls? The former have the effortless style thing down – they never look overdone. The latter are the trendsetters.
The LFW show I look forward to most is JW Anderson, hands down. Fashion feels a little stagnant right now, and designers are under immense pressure, but he still finds a way to be innovative and also respect that commercial stand point, which makes him one of the more exciting design talents around today. Also Burberry - I’m a huge fan of Riccardo Tisci - it’s really interesting to see him at a brand that feels at odds with his really Italian aesthetic. Also Erdem. His dresses are heaven - just so, so beautiful.
I’m sure the format of fashion week is going to have to change at some point. It needs to – it seems a little archaic we’re still doing this. It frequently feels like the shows just happen so people can get their photos taken.
My best ever fashion week moment? Definitely attending my first Chanel show - it was the one with the waterfall. I think for any fashion lover, Chanel (thanks to Karl Lagerfeld) has always been the holy grail. Getting invited to the show was a "yes! I finally made it" moment. The shows have always been known for just being a pinnacle of fashion fantasy, and getting to experience it was pretty damn cool.
Follow Chrissy | @chrissyford
Photography | Abbie Roden