Teen Vogue September 2012: Fashion Eccentrics [pictured in Prada, Asos] Teen Vogue September 2012: Fashion Eccentrics interview quotes

It’s officially that time of the year: Fresh school supplies and autumn sweaters and crunchy leaves are in the offing. To prep properly, be sure to pick up the Teen Vogue September 2012 Fall Fashion Issue on newsstands now! I would send it to you, along with—in the words of the legendary Mr. Joe Fox (a.k.a. Tom Hanks c/o the late great Nora Ephron’s pen in You’ve Got Mail)—”a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils, if I knew your name and address… on the other hand, this not knowing has its charms.”

Anyhow, I was honored to contribute to a stellar Victoria Lewis piece probing into the accessibility and historical roots of eccentricity in fashion, which can be found on pages 228-231 of the back-to-school issue.

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Teen Vogue February 2011: East vs. West Coast Best Dressed

Be sure to pick up the new issue of Teen Vogue on newsstands now! My candid outfit credits:

  • Proenza Schouler pre-fall 2010 long-sleeved western dress
  • Proenza Schouler fall 2010 cropped toggle coat
  • Reece Hudson purse
  • Cacharel floral fall 2010 silk scarf (tucked into belt)
  • vintage Navajo beaded belt 
  • Pamela Love ring
  • Wolford satin de luxe tights
  • Pendleton meets Opening Ceremony socks
  • Rag & Bone boots

Do you typify an east or west coast approach to dressing? “Talk back” on twit with hashtag #TVpeoplewatching directed @bunnyBISOUS!

3 Quick Questions with Aya T. Kanai

Born and raised in New York City, the former Nylon fashion director and Teen Vogue senior fashion editor now lives a charmed bicoastal life shuttling between her Brooklyn and Los Angeles homes and freelance styling full-time under the representation of community.NYC for a consummate and eclectic client roster based on both coasts. Ever since I first had the honor of meeting Aya in 2008 while being styled for a Teen Vogue piece photographed in my old apartment, I have yet to meet any industry folk who have not also straightaway fallen under Aya’s funloving spell. Armed with the most zestful demeanor in the biz and a playful styling sensibility drawn from contemporary arts and crafts, quilt-making, vintage cars and experimental puppet theater –– it’s impossible not to love Aya.

How would you describe your personal style… and how do you think it informs your editorial styling?

It is a fun moment for you to be asking this question, as I recently turned a corner in my thinking about this matter of personal style. We all see so many street style pictures these days, and for me I would like to look a little more anonymous. I always want to be wearing clothes that make me feel good… but as I get older, I don’t want my “look” to take precedence over who I am. This certainly does bleed into my editorial styling. I want the clothes to be about the woman wearing them, not just about a trend.

What collections are you most looking forward to this season?

Apart from the usual suspects, I am excited about seeing the collection from newcomer Alex Casertano.

What trend of bygone times would you most like to see make its way back to the runways for Spring 2011?

I don’t know if this counts as a trend of yore, but I would love to see some Mrs. Roper dresses –– oversized floral maxi house dresses, yes!

February 2006 – Gemma Ward January 2008 – Natalie Portman November 2006 – Kirsten Dunst February 2008 – Karlie, Chanel, Ali December/January 2004 – Katie Holmes June/July 2004 – Mischa Barton  February 2005 Scarlett & Topher Grace

On my formspring.me, someone just inquired about my favorite Teen Vogue covers:

what is ur fav teen vogue cover??
Jan. ‘08 (Natalie Portman), Feb. ‘08 (Karlie Kloss, Chanel Iman, Ali Michael), June/July ‘04 (Mischa Barton), Nov. ‘06 (Kirsten Dunst), Feb. ‘06 (Gemma Ward), Feb. ‘05 (Scarlett Johansson & Topher Grace), Dec./Jan. ‘04 (Katie Holmes)

Which issues boast your best-loved covers?