Illustrator and model Langley Fox has often found inspiration for her delicate, photo-realistic drawings in fashion. Now, it seems fashion is finding inspiration in her. Today marks a preview of her capsule collection with the brand TL-180, a hip handbag line founded by Tine Peduzzi and Luisa Orsini. (The duo first worked with Fox a year ago when she designed the invitation to their Fall 2013 presentation.) When they stumbled upon a book of other-worldly animal drawings, they hatched the idea to create a fauna-inflected collection. Fox, whose work includes elegant sketches of everything from her cat Jack Skellington to sharks and rabbits, was the perfect choice to realize it. The result is a languid, graceful squid, whose image TL-180 printed on circular leather cross-body styles. The bags go on sale in May for $550.
Here, Fox—who flew in from her sunny California residence for the New York preview—shares some of her favorite things.
Define your style in three words:
Silly, contradicting, tough .
(I never wear the same thing in a row...) Either a school uniform-style skirt with a button-up collared shirt, knee socks and a leather jacket, or skinny jeans with some sort of leopard print or striped top—probably with a brimmed hat.
Sneakers—Converse and Vans; loafers, or boots (RARELY heels) .
I tend to wear a black mini skirt or short dress with a leather jacket, fur coat, or Little Red Riding Hood-style coat. Usually I’m in tights with knee socks and shiny black loafers. It does vary, though, and I go through colored phases.
Best recent discovery:
I just discovered cute-looking sweats, like fashion sweats, rather than the beaten up old sweats you had in high school. I probably won’t ever wear them out but now I can look cuter in my house.
Style pet peeve:
I rarely buy things—I have extreme buyer’s remorse. Thinking back, it had to be a leopard print top from American Apparel and a velvet dress. I like their simplicity and how you can adapt their styles easily into your closet.
Pamela Love's whole new collection and also Australian jewelry designer ManiaMania's. Also, Saint Laurent has a black onesie suit and a leather skirt that I'm dreaming about.
My favorite restaurant in L.A. is Real Food Daily. Naturewell in Silver Lake has great juice and snacks. Bar Stella is a nice little bar with good drinks and always has the best smelling burning candles.
Winter survival tips:
Go to California.
What's always in your bag: