Track Star: Angel Haze


The Vibe: An up-and-coming rapper from Detroit, Angel Haze’s talent is matched only by her candor—she describes herself as pansexual and has talked all about growing up in what she calls a religious cult. Her style has as much personality as her rapid-fire rap, with a whole lot of prints, black, and body jewelry.

The One-Song Intro: “Echelon (It’s My Way)”

The Look, Recreated: This crazy Clover Canyon bomber, this brass body chain from Bliss Lau, and these mermaid leggings from Blood is the New Black. maitri mehta

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In Character: Gina Linetti

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You know what sent me into a rage cage over the last few weeks? The fact that there’s not new T.V. to watch (if you lost access to your friend’s HBO GO account, at least). So I decided to fall down the Brooklyn Nine-Nine rabbit hole where I encountered the hilarious and truly bizarre Chelsea Peretti as Gina Linetti. I was gonna say that she’d love for you to give her a shot, too, but honestly, I’m pretty sure she doesn’t give a rat’s ass. —erica

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A horsey shirt from Equipment that makes her seem far sweeter and cheerier than she is.

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Because when Holt says to wear a tie, you wear a (Hill-Side) tie.

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Prismsport leggings ready for a real serious Floorgasm routine.

Can you take more “In Character?” This is the place.

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Next Level: Knit Leggings

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Even just stepping outside in NYC right now calls for an après-ski-style hot cocoa and time with a wooly blanket. So if you have a chance to trade jeans for some of these sweater-pant suckers, TAKE IT. This isn’t a leggings-as-pants endorsement. This is a leggings-as-warmth one. —erica

LEVEL I: What’s black and white and cozy all over? These A.L.C. guys.

LEVEL II: Opening Ceremony's take would look stellar with a BF’s fisherman sweater.

LEVEL III: Very seventies ski bunny, c/o Suno.

LEVEL IV: Henrik Vibskov delivers a very (loud) Memphis group vibe.

More “Next Level!” Get it.

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Track Star: Zola Jesus

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The Vibe: Singer-songwriter Nika Roza Danilova goes by Zola Jesus when she takes the stage, serving up gothic ballads set over ethereal electronic beats. Her spare style only accentuates her sound.

The One-Song Intro: “Sea Talk”

The Look, Recreated: A deconstructed jersey dress by Raquel Allegra, a structural white shirt from Christophe Lemaire, and Your Eyes Lie nude leggings. —julie alvin

For lots more “Track Star,” go here.

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Of a Kind

Oh, no big deal. Just some lobster leggings. This is how PAM rolls. (Get it? Lobster roll? Get it?) —erica

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The Insider: Edith Zimmerman

Edith…

And her infamous leggings.

When we interview people for this column, The Hairpin often comes up on the shortlist of favorite reads. (It’s on ours, too!) So to say we were excited to talk to Edith Zimmerman, who founded that witty, smart, and thoughtful site two years ago, is, well, a ginormous understatement. Here, we rack the NYer’s brain on everything Hairpin—and get a really awesome crazy-leggings story out of her, too. —jiayi

Q: How did The Hairpin come about?
A: I had been writing for The Awl, which is also a general-interest site, and when they had the opportunity to start a sister-site, they approached me about running it. I was terrified, but super excited.

Q: Where does the name come from?
A: When we were getting started, I was going through this mad race to find a relevant name that wasn’t taken or stupid. There must’ve been dozens of potentials, but I came up with The Hairpin because it was available and seemed sort of feminine but also prickly. I kept coming up with names—but when it was time to flip the switch on the site, we just went with The Hairpin, because we hadn’t come up with a better one.

Q: People point to The Hairpin as a source for really great longform writing. Did you intend for it to go that way?
A: One thing that was important for me at the beginning—and it still is—is that the balance between long and short things never be overwhelming. I like featuring longer pieces because people love to read them, and there’s been some really wonderful longform writers who we’ve featured. But if we were to run long things all day, every day, it’d probably be overwhelming. I like this idea that if you were a casual reader, you could come to the site and consume everything on it in one day without being overwhelmed or left thinking that you were supposed to be reading it in a way you’re not.

Q: Would you ever take The Hairpin print?
A: No. I think what’s made it successful so far is the interaction with readers and commenters. A lot of what people come to the site for now, aside from the content—and I’m so lucky and grateful for this—is the funny, smart, and insightful comments that appear below the pieces. Without that, it’d be much drier. There’s almost a 3D aspect to it. And I think there’d be a danger in trying to translate some of that to the page.

Q: How would you describe your clothing style?
A: I…wear the same thing a lot. I really wish uniforms were more celebrated in life. I do not relish getting dressed. I’ll wear a different shirt than I wore yesterday, but ugh. I usually go with skinny jeans, boots, and an oversized shirt or something.

Q: Do you own any Of a Kind editions?
A: I just got the Ernest Alexander bag. I’ve been using it every day, and I love it.

Q: What’s the best fashion advice anyone’s given you?
A: My friend Jane Marie, who runs The Hairpin with me, is very good at this. She encourages me to try new things, because the worst that can happen is never that bad. I was visiting her in L.A. recently—we went to this boutique, where there was this pair of leggings that I don’t even know how to describe. They’re insane. They’re in all these neon colors with this ridiculous harlequin pattern. These are neon leggings, right? Which is the last thing I’d ever buy or wear. But she told me I had to get them, because I’m usually so unadventurous, and I was like, “Ok,” because they were pretty cheap. I thought I’d never wear them, but then a month later, I was in Vegas for her bachelorette party, and I figured if I was ever going to wear these ridiculous pants, a bachelorette party in Vegas was the way to go. And I did, and they were perfect.

Portrait by Nick D’Emilio.

Get inside the minds of more witty, smart, and thoughtful people here.

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I’m not daring enough to wear leggings as pants, but damn it, this pair by We Are Selectors is making a convincing case for the other team. —jiayi

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QooQooFashion does bear legs. Get it? Get it?! —erica

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The name of this line is almost—almost—as kooky as its designs: Ruffeo Hearts Lil’ Snotty. Like, whoa. —erica

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Not including these in our roundup was clearly an oversight. For this, I ask for your forgiveness. —erica

doree:

Damn you Of A Kind! Your leggings post this morning inspired me to track down these Acne leggings I had tried on like a month ago at the store, but they didn’t have my size, and I decided they weren’t meant to be but then I saw your post and decided I had to have them and I found them online.

Because I mean they are sort of amazing right?

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