Features: Hanneli

Hanneli outside rag & bone's FW2012 show wearing the rag & bone Helsinki coat

Blogger extraordinaire, rag & bone DIY Project participant and Vogue contributor, the lovely Hanneli Mustaparta talks style and reveals what she’ll be wearing this spring…

How would you describe your style?

I make a point out of not labeling my own style, as I worry it might limit me from exploring new things. I always love wearing white, pastels – especially pastel blue. I also tend to not pile things on. I love a piece of clothing that speaks for itself, and doesn’t need lots of accessories to stand out.

Trends aren’t important to me, it’s more about wearing things I don’t see everywhere. I trust my instinct and what excites me. Once I saw a great pair of sunglasses on Glenn Close in the first season of Damages, and searched for a similar pair for a couple of months. I eventually found a similar frame at Selima and had tinted lenses put in.

What¹s the best style advice you can dispense?

Never go shopping with a friend, always go by yourself because you¹ll be influenced by them and forget to listen to your own ideas.

Is there any item of clothing that you currently love?

My rag & bone plum jeans (see below). They¹re the new blue – they go with everything. As well as the navy and white Varsity jacket that works just as well for spring as for fall. I am debating if I should get the same in grey and burgundy; I have been drooling over it for the longest time and couldn’t decide between the two. They were both so great.

What are you looking forward to wearing this spring?
I will wear some pastels mixed with neutrals, like mint and light brown. It’s an unusual mix but works beautifully together. I will also wear sturdy lace, and some more black, plum and navy.

You’re originally from Norway but have been based in New York for a few years. What do you love most about the city?

It’s a cliché, but the spirit and the positivity. People are willing to help each other, and I feel so lucky to be collaborating with the best of the best in what I do.



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