Gorgeous 20 year old Charlette Bunn was the first gracious girl to allow Musette a peak at her beautiful collection of clothes, shoes, bags and knick-knacks. This Bright Young Thing calls Auckland, New Zealand home, and fancies yoga, Panda Bear, style.com, the odd cocktail, and her lovely boyfriend Waldo. When Char isn't busy dreaming up a way to create an animal friendly footwear line, she is gaining her Law degree from Auckland University or working hard at Karen Walker's flagship store.
"Oh, This Old Thing?!"Char's closet is filled with an enviable selection of dresses and jackets. Among her favourite's are a Marc by Marc Jacob's denim shift, two flirty Karen Walker numbers and an oversized cream coat by Lover.
"These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things..." This treasure trove of a goody pile consists of Jil Sander brogues, Biba wooden platforms, Marc Jacobs embellished pumps, an embroidered Miu Miu bag, a leather bag from Marc by Marc, Karen Walker hats, sunglasses and belt, a Loewe wallet, and a leather headband and diary.
"Let's Kiss And Make-Up"Char names MAC and Chanel as her make-up picks and has a more extensive nail polish collection than your local manicurist. She doesn't leave home without her Karen Walker pendants, heart shaped compact, or Marc Jacobs key chain sporting a C-for Charlette, of course.
In the very first Step Into My Closet Q and A, Charlette reveals the secrets to her consistently cute style and natural, carefree look.
Sum up your personal style in three words. Laid back, quirky, tidy.
Who are your style icons? I steal a lot of ideas from my lovely friends but I think Kirsten Dunst always looks cute and I like Natalie Portman's animal conscious outfits which always look classic and pretty. Chloe Sevigny has the best wardrobe ever, she is always doing her own thing which I admire. Audrey Hepburn is my favourite old Hollywood style icon – she always looks so tidy and chic.
Your house is burning down, what do you run to grab from the closet? I would grab as many pairs of shoes as possible. Eeek the wooden ones first.
Name an item…or two… you dream of owning. I am a bit of a realist so I dream of things I know I can get my hands on one day. I dream of owning a classic Chanel 2.1 quilted black leather bag and a beautiful watch something a little masculine like an Omega aquaracer…
Quick! The Strokes just invited you to their after-party, what are you going to wear?! Cool, I love Julian Casablancas. Something simple, not too outrageous probably a cute short dress, black flats and my axe pendant.
Vogue, ID and Nylon were spotted in your personal collection-do you have a favourite magazine? I adore Russh for their layout and the clothes they feature, I will definitely absorb into that for a few hours. Any European Vogue is inspirational and ID is amongst those top three.
Are there any films that inspire your style? I am inspired by Sofia Coppola's films as she always uses such unique colour palettes that result in really beautiful looking work. The costumes in The Virgin Suicides continue to influence my style especially the dresses worn by Lux.
Do you have any beauty secrets? Avoid sugar! It will help your skin look clear and glowing. Drink lots of green tea and a little bronzer on the cheeks goes a long way.
If we were to open your handbag what would we be likely to find? Rubble. I am really good at collecting useless things and they often end up in my handbag. Aside from that, my make up purse containing my favourite products that I may need at any time; lip gloss, mascara, eyeliner and cheek tint. My moleskin diary with important reminders, my ipod, marc jacobs compact. Possibly a nail polish or two and bundles of keys.
Look back at your past, what were your biggest fashion mistakes? One occasion springs to mind when I decided it was a good idea to team an oversized jumper with an oversized dress. The result-one oversized crazy person. I think fashion is always changing though so you can’t look back with too much regret.
x Musette x