Petra Collins is the candy-floss haired photographer who has suffused the New York art scene with her beautiful, ethereal, haunting and provocative images. At just 24 years of age she boasts a cult following on Instagram (over 400,000) and some impressive fashion connections (as one of Alessandro Michele’s muses, Petra has appeared in campaigns and on catwalk for Gucci.
A long time friend and collaborator of publishing prodigy, Tavi Gevinson, Petra’s work follows similar themes of youth culture, girlhood and body positivity. Think a teenager’s face lit up by their mobile phone, girls in a school locker room or neon light installations. A brazen feminist, she uses her work as a platform for female empowerment. This is one creative soul and her personal style represents the very best of bohemian, laid back cool. Just like her artwork, everything she wears seems to tell a story. One of nostalgia that whispers to a lost Americana.
Here we round up 4 essentials inspired by her style and work.
The worn-in tee
With her Studio-54-esque hair, Petra can work a 70s vibe like nobody else – pairing a simple, low key tee with some high-waisted Levi jeans for ultimate old-school appeal. This slouchy black & white striped tee by Iro, is perfectly worn in – just the way she would like it.
The tea dress
Languidly posing in meadows and gardens, with sunlight deeply saturating the camera film – Petra’s portrait often takes on a dream-like quality. Channel her fantasy world with this corn blue number by new designer Rejina Pyo.
Vintage with an old-world charm. Bright colours and big frames – pick up these oily blue pair by 3.1 Phillip Lim to complete the look.
In contrast to her ethereal, flower-child aesthetic Petra’s not often seen with a pair of clodhopper boots. Big, laced-up and round toe styles or beaten up cowboy boots are the perfect balance. Alexander Wang’s Anouck boots were made for walking – whenever adventure takes you.
What kind of revelations lie buried in your search history? What does that pizza take-out, flight booking, medical paranoia, ex-stalking say about you? Quite a lot, right? Your search history is a roadmap for your life. With that in mind, we decided to shine a spotlight on the searching habits of some hip and happening creatives. The Searchlight interview series will show you their inspirations, concerns, plans and dreams. First up is Color Temperature. One of M Project’s newest recruits - with exclusive colourways in the #patatabag - this outerwear and fur brand mixes riotous style with warmth and practicality. We wanted to know the thought process behind those adorable, bright tangerine mink bags (and everything else in their collection). Here’s what we found out…
1. "Matisse colors" – This master of shapes is a constant source of inspiration. We love his vibrant and graphic use of colour.
2. "Craziest painters' geometrics" – Our ‘mood of the day’ quite often revolves around painters. Tapping this in brings up the most amazing, kaleidoscopic, graphic canvases.
3. "Pantone madness" - Pantone is pretty much a synonym for colour these days. We are totally in love with their creative video updates.
4. "Color splash"- You never know you will find doing this but aren't the unexpected things the best? As you can tell, we really like colour.
5. "Dried herb, mustard, oak buff " – No, not lunch inspo but an example of a very natural colour palette.
6. "Paris exhibitions"- We are so psyched for our PFW AW17 trip. Definitely going to Centre Pompidou.
7. "Tsunami/explosion/avalanche" - Sounds scary... but we’re not looking for accounts on disasters, rather the imagery. Think steely blue waves, dark-grey tumultuous clouds, fiery hot volcanoes. The best colour pairings come from nature.
8. "Kim K in fur" – We’re constantly looking for updates of who’s wearing our collection. Kim Kardashian is a fan and Kendall has one of our pale pink patata bags.
9. "Fairytales"- Ethereal, otherworldly, romantic…we look at fairytale imagery for dramatic ideas and unusual features.
10. "#PatataBag" - Love seeing our new client updates. Currently our trending hashtag asks them to check their furry bag into their favourite restaurant with a picture.