Atlanta de Cadenet Taylor Raids The Who What Wear Closet
We’ve secretly always wanted to raid Atlanta de Cadenet Taylor’s wardrobe, but letting the Los Angeles-raised model/DJ/stylesetter have free rein over the Who What Wear closet was a fabulous compromise. She’s one of the most buzzed-about names on the lips of industry insiders, who simply can’t get enough of her cool fashion sense, a mix of rock 'n' roll edge, ‘70s-inspired bohemian flair, and British nonchalance. Her look--think: band t-shirts, vintage floral dresses, biker jackets, denim vests, and low-heeled ankle boots sprinkled with bright colours and prints--is partly due to her own free-spirited take on contemporary trends, partly thanks to her upbringing. After all, she’s the daughter of two famous Brits (dad is Duran Duran bassist John Taylor and mum is model-turned-photographer-turned-television host-and-executive producer Amanda de Cadenet) who’ve made their own impact on the fashion world.
Now, however, the spotlight is decidedly focused on de Cadenet Taylor, who’s in high demand both as a DJ (she's spun at parties for big brands like Topshop and Macy’s) and a model. She recently appeared in the The New York Times’ “Shopping Snapshots,” starred in an Oz-inspired editorial shot by director Sam Raimi in this month’s Harper’s Bazaar, and the list goes on. What’s next for our of-the-moment maven? You’ll spot her in a shoot for ASOS, as well as a Current/Elliott campaign for their upcoming e-commerce site. Along with everyone else, we’ve been part of de Cadenet Taylor’s fan club for some time now, so we were thrilled when she agreed to curate her favourite picks for today’s Styled By story. The fashionable muse also styled an outfit and shared why she wants it all, so read on for exclusive details.
“I’m drawn to prints and bright colours,” de Cadenet Taylor says. No wonder she chose Shakuhachi’s Gypsy Cut Out Dress ($255) punctuated by equally vibrant pieces, like Reed Krakoff’s Micro Atlantique Bag ($990) and Nina Shari’s Peep-Toe Sandals ($175). “I thought the dress had a vintage vibe, which I love,” she explains. “As for the shoes, I loved the rainbow colours; they’re easy to walk in and not a heel, so it’s like my ode to attempting to be a lady, that in-between where you’re still super comfortable but you get that height. A bright fun bag just pushes the outfit over the edge.” She finished off her look with a few subtly edgy accents, including Luv AJ’s Double Septum Earrings ($70) and Dezso by Sara Beltran’s Shark Tooth Mexican Bracelet ($100, 503.224.0334) and Anadara Mexican Bracelet ($60, 503.224.0334).
1. M Missoni Spacedye Crop Turtleneck ($545, 212.431.6500)
Crop tops are having a heyday right now, and de Cadenet Taylor’s completely on board! This shrunken M Missoni piece caught her eye: “I thought the colours of the top would look cute with the blue skirt. I love the fact that it’s a turtleneck and it’s tight.”
2. Gant Paula Sunglasses ($195) in Light Tortoise
These tortoiseshell shades have a touch of retro appeal, but they’re also completely versatile. “I love the like cat-eye vibe,” de Cadenet Taylor says. “I feel like it’s a really fun shape that would be flattering on mostly everyone.”
3. Ksubi Hi and Wasted Jeans ($229) in Black Cat
“If I’m going to wear jeans, they’re usually only black or high-waisted grandma jeans, so this is a nice in-between,” she says of Ksubi’s tapered skinnies.
4. Shakuhachi Leopard Camera Bag ($167)
“I’m a leopard kind of gal,” de Cadenet Taylor declares, smitten with Shakuhachi’s just-the-right-size carrier. “You can never go wrong with leopard, and a small leopard bag works with everything.”
5. American Apparel The Leather Mini Skirt ($125) in Light Blue Lambskin
Another high-waisted piece--American Apparel’s leather mini--made it into de Cadenet Taylor’s roundup. “I think high-waisted skirts look good on everyone,” she explains. “I also thought the skirt was a really pretty light blue--I’m into it.”
6. Camilla James Clio Earrings ($150)
“These earrings are really fun,” de Cadenet Taylor says. We imagine these crystal-embellished baubles offer a chic accompaniment to her going-out ensembles.
7. Lover Peony Bomber Jacket ($495)
One of de Cadenet Taylor’s standout picks? Lover’s punchy bomber jacket, particularly for its on-trend shape. “It’s motorcycle-esque, but you could also throw it over your shoulders to keep you warm and it’s still got that fun print on it,” she says.
8. Sarah Chloe Spike Bangle ($98) in Yellow Gold Plated
“I wear mostly gold jewellery,” de Cadenet Taylor says, selecting this sleek piece by Sarah Chloe. “I love this studded open design.”