14th Feb 2017 | Nº 27263
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.
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