Style Breakdown: Christine Centenera

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We're back with another style breakdown (you can check out past ones here and here), this time featuring Fashion Director at Vogue Australia, Christine Centenera. The industry vet is a regular at fashion weeks, where her edgy, rocker-chic look has caught my eye on countless occasions. After studying her outfits en masse, these are the patterns that emerged, the sum of which seem to make her one-of-a-kind style what it is.  

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As Centenera demonstrates time and again, structured outerwear is a fail-safe way to look pulled together. Piqued shoulders, nipped waists, crisp lines, and military elements all give a commanding-but-cool vibe - especially when balanced with her signature undone bedhead.

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They say you're either a bag lady or a shoe lady, and Centenera has clearly chosen the latter camp - and planted herself firmly and loyally there. In fact you'll notice in all of the above and below photos she doesn't carry a bag once (she just occasionally holds a phone or notebook). Fascinating, right? All the better to let her statement-making footwear steal the show. More than heels, mules, flats, or any other kind of shoe, she fearlessly embraces off-beat boots of the thigh high and bootie variety, favoring ones with sexy elements like laces, studs, and cut-outs. 

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Adding to her edgy, rocker-glam vibes, she accessorizes minimally, to maximal effect with one, large, focal point of a piece - be it a big belt, chain choker, or massive drop earrings - and almost exclusively in gold. 

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It's a bit of a stereotype that fashion insiders only wear black, and Centenera certainly digs a head-to-toe black outfit. But with playful shapes and textures (see: silky satin ruching, geometric hemlines, fur, ruffles), her gothic ensembles look dynamic and draw the eye towards them instead of falling flat. 

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On the opposite side of the spectrum, she also favors totally wild, psychedelic prints. When wearing a loud pattern, she makes sure the pieces involved have strong silhouettes and structure, and keeps the rest simple with her go-to hair style, one sleek accessory, and slimming footwear.

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Many of her ensembles involve pieces that take on a presence and life of their own - like a sculpture. They generally have a bit of bulk and stiffness to them, but because of the sharp lines, they still look polished.