Splitting her time between dentistry and fashion, this Norwegian style maven teaches us a thing or two about the Scandinavian approach to fashion
At first glance, Irina Lakicevic would easily be mistaken for someone who belongs in the fashion industry. But that would be far from the truth. This street style icon in fact leads a double life.
A full-time dentist by day and fashion consultant and stylist by night, Lakicevic stays true to her Scandinavian roots with her effortless style. Favouring understated and minimalist wardrobe pieces, Lakicevic's pared-down looks come from a discerning eye for clean styles. And the one brand she never hesitates to invest in — Céline, of course.
"The quality and style of the brand is in line with my own style philosophy and I've yet to regret one purchase."
Buro 24/7 chats with this double agent about her fashion persona, her insouciant style, and how personality plays a huge role when dressing up.
ON HER PERSONAL STYLE I believe that style is about confidence as much as it is about knowing what suits you. Wear what looks good on you and fits your personality. My personal style is best described as eclectic. It's a mix of sophisticated rock-chic with a touch of '70s and the Scandinavian penchant for less is more.
ON HER EARLIEST FASHION MEMORY Stealing my mother's '80s psychedelic pointed toe pumps and running around in them when I was five. As a child, I've always had this fixed idea of how I wanted to look and what I wanted to wear. I was always wearing things differently from how it ought to be. My family is always put together but I've always been the creative black sheep.
ON DRESSING UP It really allows you to show more of your personality. I think clothes are like a business card. It's an introduction to who you are at the first meet. Dressing up is also about challenging society norms with your choice of garment. It's like a small statement of sorts — well, for me at least.
ON SCANDINAVIAN FASHION Scandinavians are extremely concerned with practicality. If it's not comfortable, they will not wear it. It's a fantastic approach to fashion. They're really into sneakers, good tailoring and simple clean lines.
ON HER INSTAGRAM STYLE ICONS I love @tamumcpherson, @giorgiatordini and @pandorasykes. They're women who are about their personal style. They don't do fashion. They just have such strong personalities that show through the way they dress. It's very inspiring to see what these women put on every day. I also love Miroslava Duma, founder of Buro 24/7. She is such an inspiration as a businesswoman with an impeccable sense of style.
ON DRESSING FOR WINTER The one thing you learn when you move to Scandiland is how to dress for the extremely cold climate. Wool thermals are essential. It may not be the sexiest thing, but it keeps you warm. Wool everything and thigh-high boots (I've got my eyes on Dior's FW15 latex boots) are the way to go. I love Rick Owens and Yohji Yamamoto sweaters — they're investment pieces. And if you can, a headgear always helps to keep you warm. I'm going with berets this season courtesy of Alessandro Michele for Gucci. I also love that Isabel Marant sent down high-waisted pants this season. I think they'll be amazing for winter.
ON HER FAVOURITE FW15 TRENDS I love that military coats and army surplus jackets are back. Skinny scarves seen at Saint Laurent and Chloé are on my must-try list. I'm definitely going to incorporate the geek chic look from Gucci into my daily style. I think it work really nicely with my rock tendencies.
ON HER GO-TO WARDROBE ESSENTIALS My leather jacket and high-waisted jeans. Finding a perfect leather jacket is a matter of personality and style. For me, it had to be sharp and well tailored yet not too formal. I wanted something that was suitable for the office yet casual enough to worn on days I wanted to dress down.
ON HER ONE WARDROBE STAPLE A good shirt in white or blue. I have too many that one would think that it is enough, but it never is. I love getting my shirts from Céline and Michael Kors.
ON HER MOST TREASURED FASHION PIECE My Céline Tie bag in brick orange. It was a rare find and in such a unique colour that I haven't seen it anywhere else yet.
ON STYLING ADVICE Trust your instincts. I believe that women look best when she is confident. When we are uncomfortable, it shows. I'm a firm believer that one can conquer the world with the right outfit. Find out what suits your body type and don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone.
ON HOW TO ACE THE STREET STYLE LOOK Have fun and experiment with different styles, but always make an effort when it comes to editing. Always make sure your outfit is in-sync with your personal style and avoid being costume-y at every cost.