Great style is what one would expect during New York Fashion Week, but there are always a few select people who raise the style bar year after year. Karolina Kurkova is one of those people. Whether she's hitting the red carpet at one of the week's hottest parties or sitting front row at a show alongside the likes of Anna Wintour, the supermodel is always impeccably turned out in looks that are equal parts chic and cool. Naturally, we were overjoyed when we recently had the chance to chat one-on-one with the supermodel about her flawless off-duty style and the items she can't live without this season -- consider it a master lesson in effortless fall dressing.
1. How would you describe your street style?
My style is ever-evolving and changing. It's a mix of classic elegance with a modern twist. I love structured pieces, but I also love styles that are sporty and effortless.
2. What is your off-duty uniform?
I can't live without a pair of white jeans, oversized button down, and my grey Fontana A-line bag. I complete the look with a classic pump or statement sneaker. As a mom, it's important for me to be stylish, yet comfortable. A bigger bag allows me to look chic yet throw my son's things inside!
3. What are your top 5 go-to brands right now?
I am a fan of so many, but recently I have been loving Victor & Rolf, Acne, Dion Lee, Celine, Alexander Wang, Victoria Beckham, and Cushnie et Ochs.
4. What is your must-have item for fall?
A classic oversized coat and a leather Jose Sanchez jacket are two go-to pieces that are perfect for layering. Flat boots, a yummy, thick Carven sweater and a white, crisp button down complete the perfect fall look.
5. Who is your style icon?
Cate Blanchett is one of my favorites - she's eternally elegant without having to try.
6. What do you do to prep your skin before a big event like New York Fashion Week? Any favorite products?
I believe in prevention and starting early to care for your skin. Facials, steam and exfoliation on a regular basis helps get rid of my dead skin and illuminates my face. I use a lot of natural, active beauty products like fruit-enzyme based masks. I also wash my face with cold water to wake up, refresh and tighten my pores.
7. Do you have any styling tricks to help make an outfit look runway ready?
Always make sure every piece you put on your body fits your figure and persona. You'll feel most confident when you are comfortable and love what you're wearing!
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