Christine CenteneraFashion Editor
"I'm very opinionated about what I choose to wear."
[Ed. Note: Christine Centenera is the Fashion Editor of Vogue Australia and style consultant to Kanye West. Her personal style is chronicled on many international street style blogs.]
"I absolutely love fashion, and so does Kanye West. We have a very similar taste level. He wants his clothes to empower the women who wear them, and that's cool and interesting to me. ... He (and his close circle) are very well dressed and informed when it comes to fashion. ... They bring out some kind of language which is meant for them and their environment ... It's re-energized street cool. Usually something clicks with the people you like. My boyfriend, the designer Josh Goot, is a purist. He taught me to think about direction and products, but, at the same time, keep your integrity. He has an interesting attitude that I connect with.
I'm very opinionated about what I choose to wear. Silhouette, cut, and quality are very important to me. I don't spend hours getting ready though; it's more instinctive. ... For a woman to seem effortless is the most attractive thing. ... I like this for myself and I like this feeling in my work. Nothing should be too hard or agressive. ...
From a young age I've always been interested in the way people look and dress. I'm from a big family -- I have four sisters who are crazy-smart. They work in science, cancer research, or in foreign aid in third world countries... I'm like the degenerate younger sister who works in fashion! It's always been impressed upon us that if you have a true passion for something you should pursue it and you'll inevitably succeed." -- Christine Centenera to Shop Ghost
Christine Centenera photographed at the Standard Hotel in New York by Stevie Dance.
Christine's Shop Ghost Tips:
"The Designers that I respect most are Pheobe Philo, Ricardo Tisci, Azzedine Alaia, Raf Simons, Nicolas Ghesquiere, and Miuccia Prada."
"What's inspired me lately is Raf Simons being appointed Creative Director at Dior. There's a big respect for that audience and the expectation is super high. I'm excited to see what he does."
"I like the over-the-knee Altuzarra boots, the Balmain velvet ankle boots, and the alligator choker at Kanye West."
"I travel a lot ... I have a suitcase that pretty much stays packed in my apartment. Because of this I often wear the same things when I travel: A lot of black, a couple of Balenciaga skirts, a Balmain blazer... Nothing too tricky."