After one of my Google binges, I would turn to my own clothes and play. As an unpaid intern with an under-the-table side hustle at a vintage clothing shop, my closet didn’t have nearly as much Rick Owens and Balenciaga as hers (or any, really). The fantasy of TTH’s wardrobe helped fuel my own dream of one day becoming a fashion editor, or at least a fashion-something. This style crush was so all-consuming that it even drove me to buy a box of red hair dye for a brief stint with similarly flame-coloured locks.
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Then, sometime after the publication of the umpteenth op-ed about street style’s peacocking problem, Taylor Tomasi Hill quietly retreated. She repeated simpler, less baiting outfits and breezed into shows without posing for the photographers. She started a floral arrangement company called TTH Blooms. She stopped popping up in street style galleries. With so many other stylish personalities ready to provide Instagram fodder, the circus moved on. But I missed her witty looks, the bustiers worn over band tees and towering boots paired with cargo pants. I still paid attention to what others were wearing, with the Russian pack having a particular draw, but no other name was worthy of the Google image search.
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As I was selecting images for our own street style roundups this season, Taylor Tomasi Hill, who is now the vice president, creative and fashion director of retailer Forty Five Ten, appeared in New York wearing uber-layers and expertly clashing accessories, and again in Paris in a striking combo of leather trousers and a stiff, corseted jacket. Her outfits registered as cool and authentic as ever – she even wore that pair of leather pants more than once. If Taylor Tomasi Hill’s street style “comeback” is proof of anything, it’s that fashion is unfailingly cyclical. Here’s to crushing on.
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