As creative director of the ’tween title Kiki Magazine, Abigail Carlin styles everything from teen models to typefaces. For her own look, the Covington resident favors classic silhouettes with a dash of mod British propriety—think Barbour wellies, Austin Reed blazers, and the perfect Brit-centric souvenirs.I was born in England, but grew up in West Chester. I am a big Anglophile. I was in London and Oxford this summer. In London, I loved exploring the five-story Liberty of London store. In Oxford, I found a great shoe store, Ducker & Son, and I bought two pairs of suede penny loafers.
I’m not a heel person. I love ballet flats and loafers. I have a pair of Bloch ballet flats that I’ve completely worn out. On my way home, at the duty free, I stocked up on Cadbury Flake chocolate bars and bought two bottles of Pimm’s.I have two Barbour jackets. I recently bought a great broken-in one on eBay. I bought my first one in England and when I got back it was still too hot to wear it out, so I would wear it around my apartment, waiting! I love my Jammie Dodger cuff links. I bought a white Marni button-down with these big folds over the shoulder. I love white button-downs—I probably have seven or eight. I’m also obsessed with stripes. I love the Saint James striped shirts at J.Crew.I love producing our fashion shoots, but I get most of my inspiration from blogs and magazines. I’m really into ’90s minimalism. I just bought a bunch of American Vogues from the ’90s on eBay. I also love the fashion in The Thomas Crown Affair with Rene Russo and A Perfect Murder, in which Gwyneth Paltrow wears the perfect oversized shearling coat.
Photography by Jonathan WillisOriginally published in the January 2012 issue.
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