Shiona. Turini. Two words used to describe what seems like a mythical fashion creature, the consummate New Yorker zipping around the city in Viviers and clothing that only a fashion editor has access too. I’m ashamed to admit that I had never heard of her until I listened to the Manrepeller podcast where they interviewed this contributing editor to The Cut. Btw, I listened to this podcast while updating financial spreadsheets at work. It made me take a break, look down at my Banana Republic pants from a 100 seasons ago (I’m trying to sound fashion-y here) and wonder where I went wrong in life. But I digress. The podcast was totally entertaining and she came across as a mix of stylish Bermudan and transplanted Valley Girl (that accent!).
I learned that Shiona is a take-no-sh*t, “I’m gonna make it no matter what” type. As a headstrong 14-year-old, she got her first job working as a dentist so that she could afford cool clothes. While at Saint Laurent, she convinced the house to dress up-and-coming rapper Kanye West for his first trip to the Grammy’s.
Her resumé is impressive. Actually, that’s an understatement. She started off her career at Yves Saint Laurent and counts Tom Ford and Stefano Pilati as former supervisors. She then moved on to W Magazine as an accessories editor – which makes total sense as her accessories are the bomb (as evidenced by Shiona rocking Louboutins at the beach…and looking not at all out of place and devastatingly stylish for the setting). Continually moving onwards and upwards, Shiona landed at Teen Vogue as their Accessories Director.
For me, the most impressive achievement on her resumé is joining the team that launched CR Fashion Book, working directly with my freaking style idol, Carine Roitfeld. Side note: if my boss were Carine Roitfeld, I get fired immediately for fan girling over her 24/7. It would be Restraining Order O’clock. Trust.
What I love about Shiona is how she embraces colour and dresses beautifully for her curvaceous frame. It’s not easy finding flattering clothing to cover curves…and I know. For once, I would love to wear a triangle bikini without looking like a reject from a Jay-Z video. Take a look at her killer instagram and you will see what I’m talking about: fabulous, engaging and colourful photographs, killer fashion in the form of pencil skirts that fit perfectly, lady-like Dior overcoats that are cinched at the waist for maximum hourglass-ness and enough bikini pictures to make you hire a personal trainer, like, yesterday.
She is a breath of fresh air and that, my friends, is why Shiona Turini is my style crush for this month.