The Gabriele Hackworthy Guide to Style

The Gabriele Hackworthy Guide to Style
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Even if you don’t know Gabrielle Hackworthy by name, if you’ve ever shopped at Net-a-Porter (*raises hand*) you’ve definitely seen her footprint. As global fashion director of the e-commerce giant and its corresponding print magazine Porter, the London-based, Australia-born stylist has made it her life’s work to inspire the wardrobes and lives of women who, put simply, love fashion. A noble mission, we’d say.

And she definitely has the résumé—Hackworthy got her start at Marie Claire in her homeland, before heading to New York and then London where she was fashion director of Harper’s Bazaar before joining Net-a-Porter. Here, we caught up with her to get her take on which designers are killing it right now, what’s on heavy rotation in her own closet, and how she copes with fashion fatigue.

StyleCaster: What’s on heavy rotation in your wardrobe right this second?
Gabrielle Hackworthy: Chloé’s velvet smoking jacket; a Saint Laurent military coat and ankle boots; and Isabel Marant denim jeans, denim shirts, and denim jacket. I’m a fan of double and triple denim.

Which Fall 2016 collections did you love?
Balenciaga, Chloé, Loewe.

Who are your personal favorite designers?
There’s too many to mention, but Demna Gvasalia is my new crush, and Nicholas Ghesquiere never fails to impress. I wear a lot of Saint Laurent, so I’m excited to see how Anthony Vaccarello works with the house—I was an early supporter of his. Martin Margiela and Helmut Lang I miss madly. I also have my eye on Gabriela Hearst, Joe Richards [a British designer who cut his teeth at Céline], Craig Green— fingers crossed he does womenswear soon— Julien Dossena who is doing a great job at Paco Rabanne and Australia’s Bianca Spender.

Anything you’d never wear?
I hate to say never as fashion changes so rapidly, but there are things—like flesh-colored stockings.

What’s the one trend that will never die?
Gypsy bohemia and military trends will always exist.

Ever suffer from fashion fatigue?
All the time. Some seasons I buy very little because I already own a “version of.” Or maybe I’ve just been around too long.

What gets you excited again?
When a designer uses a reference point to create something completely new, without just rehashing the past. Demna did this for his first Balenciaga collection. It felt familiar but at the same time completely groundbreaking.

Who’s on your Insta feed?
I follow over 700 people, mostly artists, photographers, and stylists I admire. There’s also galleries, some designers, musicians, interior designers, architects, film directors, and my friends. I get so much inspiration from Instagram. The blogs I like are BoF, The Coveteur, and Style Me Romy.

What’s the vibe for accessories this season?
[It’s] all heading back to the ’70s and ’80s. There’s glam-rock platforms, metallics, and pointy toes. Ballet slippers are making a return, and the “ugly ” shoe we have seen for the past few seasons has been replaced with the “sexy” shoe.

Who, in your opinion, has truly great style?
I’m inspired by so many women: Kate Moss, Alexa Chung, Marie Amelie Sauve, Camilla Nickerson, Gaia Repossi, Vanessa Traina, Carine Roitfeld, Emmanuel Alt, Phoebe Philo, Betty Catroux, Jane Birkin, Charlotte Rampling, Francoise Hardy, Vanessa Beecroft, Sofia Coppola, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Inez van Lamsweerde.

Name the models on your radar right now.
I’m loving all the girls with naturally curly hair; it feels so fresh and cool—the ironed look is passé. I really like Frederikke Sofie, Mica Arganaraz, Steffy Argelich, Ari Westphal, Anna Mila Guynez, Imaan Hamman, and Sophia Ahrens.

Share your beauty routine.
It’s really simple: Cleanse, moisturize, and apply sunscreen every day, eat a healthy diet, drink lots of water. I also love having a Zen Facial with Fumi Yamamoto when I’m home in Sydney. I don’t have time for treatments in London.

What are you reading, watching, and listening to?
I’m reading Viv Albertine’s Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys and My life on the Road by Gloria Steinem. I’m listening to London Grammar. I don’t watch TV.

Favorite holiday destination?
I love Africa and have just come back from Tanzania where I stayed at Chem Chem Safari Lodge. I also love Marrakech, and one of my favorite places to stay is El Fenn. Can Xuxu in Ibiza is another favorite; I go every year to dance and hear the best DJs. I also go to Majorca, Greece, and the South of France regularly and to Australia every Christmas to reconnect. and I love the beach culture, food, and seeing my dear friends and family. Halcyon House at Cabarita Beach is new and so chic.

Which Aussie designers are killing it?
Kym Ellery is doing phenomenally well and is a great example of how Australian designers can attract a global audience. Innovative design, a strong brand identity, and her unique vision have helped her shine.