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As the youngest front-row fixture at this season’s New York Fashion Week, 15-year-old Willow Shields is in a league of her own. And designers such as Christian Siriano, Naeem Khan and Marchesa’s Georgina Chapman and Karen Craig have already taken note of the teen’s red-carpet prowess.
In just the past year, the Albuquerque, N.M. native seemed to pop out of nowhere, wowing during The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2 press tours in gorgeous gowns by Khan, Marni and Self-Portrait, rivaling even Jennifer Lawrence’s Dior stunners.
Though she shares stylist Law Roach with fellow celebrated fashion darling Zendaya — who launched her shoe line Daya in collaboration with Roach — it’s clear that Shields has a keen sense of fashion all her own, and she is more than willing to experiment with her look. (See: Her incredible curls at the Christian Siriano show.)
Pret-a-Reporter caught up with Shields before Naeem Khan’s Art Deco-inspired show — where another young girl, 11-year-old cancer patient Trinity Faith Moran, walked the runway — to talk personal style, red-carpet fashion tips and baby doll-print dresses.
FRONT ROW: At Christian Siriano’s fall 2016 show (left) and Pamella Roland’s fall 2016 show. (Photos: Getty Images)
How’s your fashion week going so far?
Amazing. It’s coming to a close for me, I only have one more show today, but it’s been good.
Are you here with your stylist?
I’m kind of on my own. I was with my stylist for the first two days, and my dad is somewhere — I don’t know where, he likes to hide from the cameras.
Any favorite looks from the shows you have seen so far?
I had a lot of fun at Christian Siriano’s show. I loved his stuff. It was kind of something I had never seen before. And I loved what I was wearing to it, too. So I’ve kind of created a personal connection with him and it’s been great.
How would you describe your personal style?
It’s kind of a mix of things. A lot of it is vintage — I always have loved wearing vintage clothing. Growing up my mom would always take us to vintage boutiques and that was kind of what we wore. So I would definitely say kind of vintage, grunge, but also sometimes that very chic, classic look is something that I like to throw in … so it’s a mix of things.
Vintage shopping tips?
It’s hard to find good stuff, but honestly you can find it anywhere. I think the mistake people make is going to a super expensive boutique, but in reality you can go to the salvation army and find something amazing tucked away, so you never know.
So it’s all about the dig?
Exactly! I just found a vintage, ‘80s fringe leather jacket at this little store in the middle of nowhere in New Mexico. So it’s amazing — you never know what you’re going to find.
What has been your favorite red-carpet look so far this year?
I really loved the dress I wore to the Mockingjay — Part 2 premiere, which was actually by Naeem Khan, so that’s one of my favorites. And there was one dress that I wore to the MTV Fan Awards that had baby dolls all over it, like printed on it, and I thought it was the coolest thing. I felt really cool in it and that’s always a good thing.
STYLE CHAMELEON: At the MTV Fandom Awards in Brooke Atwood; at The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2 New York premiere in Naeem Khan; at The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2 Berlin premiere in Marni. (Photos: Getty Images)
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