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Leila Yavari

Fashion Director, Stylebop.com. Paris

While we've previously championed our love of closet porn in the form of pure, unadulterated maximalism, there's something about striking that perfect balance somewhere in between that's even more skillful—call it a sartorial balancing act of sorts. You know, mixing in those same street style-bait statement pieces with a healthy dose of not only the tried-and-true classics, but also—gasp—neutrals. Kind of a novel concept in the times of peacocking for street style photogs, right? Oh, and as far as how to actually get it done goes, just ask Leila Yavari.

We mean, it certainly helps matters when you spend your days as Stylebop's Fashion Director and shopping (in our version of the job, at least) kind of counts as 'market research'. So, when we're talking about the luxury e-tailer's killer selection of Valentino, J.W. Anderson, Balmain and vintage CHANEL (to name only a few)? Yeah, all her. It makes sense then that moments before Yavari greeted us in the lobby of Le Meurice during Paris Fashion Week, we found ourselves wondering, "who is that girl?!" after glimpsing her swanning through the room. Probably a good sign, right? And lets just say that when we got up to her suite, her travel wardrobe didn't exactly disappoint.

For one thing, there were plenty of the aforementioned neutrals in the form of an all-white Céline box bag, creamy Chloé wedges, black Saint Laurent pumps and a full-length, shearling Margiela coat; but there were also a handful of bright, more architectural, look-at-me stand-outs to balance it all out. Think: geometric, canary yellow Fendi pumps, checkered Pierre Hardy wedges and an embellished leather top from Emilio Pucci. We point the finger squarely at Yavari's international fashion education (of sorts). "My Persian side has given me a love of tradition and classicism. Los Angeles gave me a touch of rock n’ roll and a devil-may-care attitude. In France, I observed a kind of irreverence that instilled in me the confidence to break rules, or at least make my own." That's totally an argument for racking up stamps in your passport (and, while we're at it, investing in a fancy passport case), right?

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