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Fashion / Style File

Erin Wasson

Styled to Rock

BY Amy Adams // 10.01.13
photography Eric Guillemain

There are multiple reasons to love Erin Wasson: She hails from Irving, Texas. She’s strutted every runway that ever mattered. She shares her rocker-chic style through her Low Luv jewelry collection. She’s poised to make reality television cool via her presence on this season’s Styled to Rock. And she never, ever does anything half-assed. We pop into her very cool New York apartment, where she answers our questions with the same no-holds-barred approach.

Model Erin Wasson, in Tom Ford, on the cover of PaperCity, October 2013.
Model Erin Wasson, in Tom Ford, on the cover of PaperCity, October 2013.

HOW DID THE GIG WITH STYLED TO ROCK COME ABOUT?

I received a call from the producers and was asked to be a mentor. I think, given the spirit of the show, I was chosen based on my perspective on fashion and my innate desire to challenge myself within that realm.

WOULD YOU RATHER STYLE FELLOW STYLED TO ROCK MENTOR PHARRELL WILLIAMS OR RIHANNA?

Rihanna.

THE MARK OF A GREAT STYLIST.

Insane amounts of research, plus the ability to turn the abstract into reality and create a feeling through clothing.

FAVORITE RESTAURANTS IN DALLAS.

Gloria’s. The seaweed salad at Pupusas.

WHEN CAN WE EXPECT YOUR JEWELRY COLLECTION, LOW LUV, TO RELAUNCH? WHAT’S THE INSPIRATION?

The line will relaunch at the end of the year. I had to reconfigure things for myself; I needed to get back quality control, control of sales and all the things that you don’t get in a licensing deal. I took what I learned, took a step back and made it feel right for myself with a partner, and found a new perspective. It is definitely more work, but well worth it.

TELL US MORE ABOUT THE ART SHOW YOU’RE CURATING IN L.A. WHAT MEDIA, GALLERY AND HOW MANY ARTISTS?

It’s a combination of 17 different artists from NY and L.A. A mix of sculptures, video, paintings and photography. Nick Stewart and David Quadrini did all the work, and I’ve been there to just love and be supportive. Creative minds coming together is my favorite thing in the world.

WHAT DO YOU DO FOR A LIVING? WHAT WOULD YOUR TITLE BE?

Sensual Adventurer.

WHAT ARE YOUR HANGOUTS IN NEW YORK?

Mostly I stay at home; it’s about a good dinner at this point in my life. I do like an occasional night at Elsa with friends.

YOU’RE READING …

Vladimir Nabokov by Jane Grayson.

SO, WHAT’S INTERESTING ABOUT NABOKOV?

Despite having a life of struggle, abandonment of home, social position and even his writing in his native language, his work is still joyful.

A PLACE THAT MAKES YOU VERY, VERY UNCOMFORTABLE.

Going to flea markets and being followed by girls that don’t have the balls to say hello.

Relaxed in white. 10 Crosby Derek Lam rounded sweatshirt and wide-leg trouser with pleat, to order at dereklam.com.
Relaxed in white. Wasson wears       10 Crosby Derek Lam.

FAVORITE DALLAS HAUNTS.

I always shop at Jackie Bolin’s store V.O.D. and spend my days in the garden at the Nasher Sculpture Center.

BEST COWBOY BOOTS.

Stallion from El Paso and R. Soles from London.

BEST PLACES TO SHOP VINTAGE.

Dolly Python in Dallas, Narnia in New York and Animal House in Venice.

YOUR MORNING JUICE.

Apple turmeric or spicy ginger citrus.

SONG THAT MAKES YOU WANT TO DANCE.

“The Nitty Gritty” by Shirley Ellis.

WHAT DO YOU WANT PEOPLE TO REMEMBER ABOUT YOU?

That I took risks, worked hard, that I stayed true to myself and that I shared a spirit with the world that made them think that anything is possible.

Home, chic home.

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