Leather Doll is a blogger and all round dark style professional hailing out of Los Angeles, Flor Serani caught up with her for this week’s feature piece.
What does a typical day in the life of Leather Doll involve?
While there really isn’t a “typical” day for me, I usually like starting my day with some coffee or tea once I’m able to finally drag myself out of bed. What I do with my rest of my day can really vary but most days I have either a photoshoot or video booked. On my days “off” I’m posting to my blog Lipstick Creep, answering emails, handling advertisements and collaborations, looking over edited pictures, and updating my personal website. I try and end my nights by doing something with a friend or wandering the city looking for good coffee spots. I’ve always loved the city and I’m still finding cool new spots all the time.
Which are your wardrobe staples and why?
Leather jackets. I have six of them. Boots are great because they look nice and are the only kind of shoes I own that don’t fall apart a month after I buy them. Knit tanks are perfect for summer and winter. Lipstick is always important. I also like a lot of layers.
What’s your favorite item in your closet?
I’m always rotating through my multiple leather jackets, but my favorite is a moto-style one that I bought from Zara. It’s always the jacket I can throw on over whatever I’m wearing and feel great in. It’s kind of become my signature look.
How would you describe your personal style?
I’d like to think of it as rocker-meets-refined. I wear lots of leather, boots, and crazy heels, but at the same time I like nice fabrics and pieces that are classic and timeless.
Where do you shop?
I really love a boutique in downtown called No Season. They carry awesome brands and a lot of black clothing that edgy and refined. The only other brick-and-mortar stores I’ll really go to are Zara, AllSaints, Topshop, and Nasty Gal. I like a lot of brands that I find online and aren’t available in the area such as Noctex, Blank NYC, and Cobra House.
Your style icons?
I really like edgy, independent women, usually musicians. Joan Jett, Courtney Love, Taylor Momsen, and Kat Von D are all great.
Two most important moments that influenced your style?
The first would have to be when I was in the 11th grade and deep into my punk phase. I was really into DIY and would take my friends’ old XL band tees and turn them into XS tanks for myself. That was really my first taste of sewing or designing and actually part of what made me want to pursue a degree in Fashion Merchandising.
The second would be when I started the fashion program at my college. That’s really when I started refining my personal style and understood what went into expensive clothing. It changed my mindset from owning a million pieces of clothing that I was constantly having to replace because they were cheap and worn out to having fewer, nicer pieces that would last me a long time.