The sartorially badass fashion director of Danish magazine Costume, shares her most surreal fashion moment and the time she stepped out in Uggs with plastic bags
There are women who dress for others, and then there are those who dress for themselves. Scroll through the #ootds on this fashion director's Instagram feed (@thora_valdimars) and it's plain to see she's on board with the latter. A self-confessed Vetements super fan that's impartial to a little grunge and on occasion, classic elegance, Thora Valdimarsdóttir reveals why her pair of Louis Vuitton jeans are the most treasured item in her closet (hint: champagne, credit cards) and, the '90s wardrobe — belonging to a certain actress — she'd like to get her hands on. ON FINDING BALANCE IN HER PERSONAL STYLE
My style is casual with a sporty twist. There needs to be a balance of masculinity and femininity in my outfits. Maybe it's cause I'm a Libra — I thrive on balance. I feel the most comfortable when I achieve that. ON HER STYLE INSPIRATIONS I'm more of a visual person who gets inspired by pictures. It doesn't matter if it's old or new. It can be characters from a movie like Martha Plimpton in Parenthood, or Natalie Portman in Leon. As well as Vanessa Paradis, Christina Paik, Gilda Ambrosio and Chiara Capitani and many, many others. I'd raid Winona Ryder's '90s wardrobe or Vanessa Paradis', if I could. ON HER WARDROBE ESSENTIALS My go-to wardrobe staples are vintage Levi's jeans, a hoodie, a bomber jacket and heels.
ON HER FAVOURITE FW16 LOOKS I can't wait to start wearing a down jacket à la Balenciaga, leggings à la Céline, and black nylon socks rolled down like at Loewe. ON HER WISHLIST My best friend just gave me a pair of Alexander Wang Amelia sandals, and I'm on the lookout for a pair of Dior white pumps with buckles and a pair of Prada flats.
ON HER GREATEST SHOPPING WEAKNESS I love shoes! There is always a pair that I need to finish a certain look, and then somehow, nothing looks right until I have those shoes. ON HER CURRENT FAVOURITE DESIGNER I'm a super fan of Vetements and designer Demna Gvasalia. I love how he's taken items that we all know and love and updated the silhouettes and made them super modern. I also really love his first collection at Balenciaga.
ON HER MOST SURREAL FASHION MOMENT
My first Chanel show. I was on my own in Paris and went to the Grand Palais a little in advance. No one wants to be late for Chanel. When I walked inside and saw how it had been transformed into Brasserie Gabrielle, I was speechless. All the models, the clothes, the people, the buzz and the atmosphere. It was amazing. ON HER LEAST STYLISH FASHION MOMENT I think it was when I was going to my son's football game and it was snowing, but they were playing outside. I was wearing ski trousers, Ugg boots and a plastic bag with the logo of the cheapest grocery store in bright yellow. I sent a picture of myself to my former boss and she threatened to fire me. It was a joke, of course. ON HER FASHION WEEK ESSENTIALS Well, I'm always so busy just before fashion week and am always so unorganised. I think the most important thing is to feel comfortable. My apartment looks like an explosion occurred and I always end up with something casual and comfortable with a twist. Good shoes, nice bags and sunglasses! I always end up looking so tired because we barely have time to eat, so it's good to be able to hide it with big sunglasses.
ON THE CONTENTS IN HER GO-TO BAG Right now it's the Céline Trio bag. I always have a Palmer's cocoa butter lip balm, my Louis Vuitton passport holder as you never know when you need to travel, my keys, and my Acne Studios card holder. It's pretty standard.
ON THE MOST TREASURED ITEM IN HER CLOSET My Louis Vuitton jeans by far. I absolutely adore the trousers but it was also the whole purchase that was so memorable. I was in New York working with my colleague who is also my best friend, and her husband was there too. We got drunk on the champagne in the store as we couldn't decide what to get. Finally, a decision was made and all of our credit cards were declined, which meant we had to go back the next day — only to find out we had a security chip on the cards that hadn't been approved in the United States at that time. But, we managed to get the trousers and were two happy chipmunks.