A Study In Street Style: Christine Centenera
The Fashion Director of Vogue Australia is proof that black is always the new black and that there is no such thing as "too many skirts".| August 28, 2017
They say the best runway is the one on the streets. The runway is where the official action happens, but it is on the streets that real style, worn by real people, is born. In “A Study In Street Style”, we turn the spotlight on some of the most notable street style stars of industry. If ever you’re dry on outfit inspiration, just check back here. We guarantee you’ll leave with at least a handful of styling ideas. That, or your (imaginary) money back.
No one does black, white and grey quite like Christine Centenara. While everyone else seems to reach for the coloured end of their fashion week wardrobes, the Fashion Director of Vogue Australia cruises through the street style scene in effortless black-on-black, her signature smokey eye and tousled cropped tresses in tow. Considering the parade of colour one often sees outside the shows, Centenera’s cool and collected defiance is ironically fresh.
She’s proof that black-and-black does not necessarily equate to flat – as long as you’ve got good tailoring, razor-sharp lines and a melange of textures and volumes to play around with. A sheer ruffled blouse with a patent pencil skirt. A mock croc patent coat. A pinstriped skirt suit with a nude knit underneath. An enormous black bow. A voluminous jacket over a pencil skirt. A wide array of second skin over-the-knee boots to bring all of it to a streamlined, no-nonsense close. Don’t forget the skirts. Centenera’s collection of skirts is something that needs to be documented for the generations of skirt lovers to come.
Centenara isn’t adverse to colour, of course. Her use of colour is actually very clever: red seams running through a matching sweater and skirt set, a full black look ending in a white pant cuff and a pair of white mules, a single coloured chain over a black double-breasted blazer. Let’s not forget that one time she paired a black coat with some embellished Gucci mules, or the other time where she ditched the black for nude-on-nude and these inverted Gucci sunglasses. She’s got a signature style for sure, but she isn’t afraid to sneak in a surprise once in a while. Browse some of her best looks from the recent seasons above, then shop our round-up of things that we think she’d love below.