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Basics that are anything but.

From the front row: Acielle @ Style du Monde

influencer style du monde inspired OOTD

Waiting in the pouring rain on a gloomy January morning with a café alongé in one hand and a 35mm camera in the other, Acielle of Style de Monde isn’t your everyday fashion tastemaker.

In fact, finding anything out about her at all took the acumen of Agatha Christie with a P.I. licence. What we do know, is she is the singular driving force in street style today, with her iconic blog, styledumonde.com an international reference point for editors, models, stylists and designers from across the world.

The unofficial ombudsman of good taste, what Acielle doesn’t snap at fashion week isn’t worth knowing.

Stalking the city’s streets in the continual pursuit of perfection, the self-styled shutterbug is famed for her visual bard-like effect on everyday fashion. A mysterious moniker with an insider’s edge, her editorial eye and minute attention to detail has taken her from urban nomad to a catwalk portraitist for the likes of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and The Wall Street Journal.

The woman that brought fashion to the masses with her action-inspired look at everyday fashion through a trend-forecasters prism, her fieldwork approach to inner city style quickly took the young Belgian art student from passionate hobbyist to professional enigma. A sartorial hunter-gatherer, Acielle is singlehandedly showcasing new spectrums for individual style thanks to her optical obsession with subtle detailing and strong colour blocking.

One of the first women to break through in a largely male-dominated industry, her fuss-free approach to style is a lesson in looking good for less. Renowned for her indigo workwear separates reminiscent of her protégé and NYC fashion anthropologist, Bill Cunningham, the camera-shy grip n’ rip veteran is a sideline unsung hero worth shouting about – that’s why this week we’ve gone against the grain to create this front row piece about the woman behind the lens.

A preppy-gone-pro look perfect for mid-season styling and inner city adventuring, this practical pinafore dress is an instant favourite packed with heavy duty style top notes. Cut in a plush velveteen fabric, its forgiving shape makes it the ideal all-rounder for unpredictable season styling. Worn with a light cashmere turtleneck and tights during the dead of winter and styled with our Bettie silk shirt to welcome in spring, this look is equal parts smart and casual.

A simple combo with endless fashion mileage, life on the road demands comfort and versatility. Styling our luxury silk shirt with a lace-free running shoe, our girl is ready to sprint from fashion show to post-runway mixer without missing a model thanks to the naturally permeable qualities of silk and active synthetic footwear.

Styled with a luxury leather backpack and appropriate notebook for jotting the essentials, this effortless ensemble proves that hardworking girls on the ground can combine fuss-free functionality and fashion for an outfit that performs - every time.

Pictured: VAUGHAN Bettie silk shirt in Stark Naked White, Martin Grant velvet pinafore dress, Filling Pieces low top trainers, Mansur Gavriel drawstring backpack, Trouva leather camera strap, Kate Spade notebook


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