Working in the fashion industry can be intimidating, to say the least. You never know if the woman beneath that Givenchy coat or those Miu Miu sunnies will give you the once-over and deem you unworthy of her time. But happily, more often than not, we encounter someone like Chloe King, the content director of The Webster, who we discovered—after shooting her impressive NYC wardrobe—is basically the exact opposite of the industry-girl stereotype: friendly, laid-back, and absolutely obsessed with fashion. OK, so maybe some traits still ring true.
If you’re at all in tune with the street-style crowd, then you’ve undoubtedly spotted King’s shock of blond hair and penchant for everything sequined and feathered. She’s a fearless dresser, as we happily observed firsthand when she layered a sheer zebra maxi dress over plaid trousers, and everything in between.
“I was an opinionated child growing up,” she reveals as we comb through her collection of hats (never underestimate the power of a birdcage veil). “I have an older and younger sister, and my mom used to always dress us alike. Very early on I was like, ‘I’m not wearing the same thing as my sisters.’ Whether or not I had any sort of personal style or taste, it was something I felt passionately about and wanted to have a say in.”
Considering that her job is to partner with buyers and identify seasonal trends, it’s safe to say that King has refined both her personal style and overall sartorial savviness. Over her decade in the industry—during which she also logged time at Tibi and Bergdorf Goodman—she’s played an integral role in discovering new designers, developing creative content, and making sense of the forever-changing landscape of fashion.
All of that is apparent in her closet, where vintage silk slip dresses mingle with archival Prada coats—which she plucked from a sample-sale pile—and a platform Dries Van Noten sandal looks perfectly at home next to a Thomas Maier cowboy boot. And that’s all before she revealed that she hand-sewed turquoise feathers onto an Asos tank top (she knows a guy with premium ostrich feathers, because of course) for a truly bespoke look. But don’t just take our word for it; check out the rest of the treasures we uncovered in her Manhattan wardrobe, as well as her take on the current state of fashion, the best new trends for fall, and more below.