Most stylish New Yorkers: Cyndi Lauper

Style icon Cyndi Lauper injects her bold personality into her eccentric ensembles, and we show you how to get her look.

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As Cyndi Lauper’s new show, Kinky Boots, debuts on Broadway, the singer confirms her status as one of the most stylish New Yorkers by masterfully mixing prints and effortlessly combining high- and low-end pieces with unique vintage finds. She supports local designers and shops at NYC stores Bess, the Cast and Screaming Mimi’s.

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    “This is my wind-worn Italian movie-star look,” says Lauper. “I would wear it for Easter dinner.”

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    Lauper’s vintage Vivienne Westwood frock was a score from consignment shop Tokio 7 (83 E 7th St between First and Second Aves; 212-353-8443, tokio7.net). “You don’t always have to spend a ton of money to look great; you just need to have a good eye,” she says. A Blaque Label (blaquelabel.com) cape from Shop Untitled (27 W 8th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves, 212-228-5166) tops off the look.

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    “It’s inspired by Vivienne Westwood in 1996,” says Lauper of her current curly hairstyle.

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    “I like statement pieces,” says Lauper referring to her bright orange earrings, which she bought at Screaming Mimi’s (382 Lafayette St at 4th St; 212-677-6464, screamingmimis.com) in the ’80s.

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    Lauper goes bold with her makeup, achieving the perfect crimson pout by layering a M.A.C. Fuschia powder pigment over M.A.C. Marilyn red lipstick. Her nails are coated in OPI Big Apple Red to match her cherry lip. The sunny yellow eye color was created by mixing a Make Up for Ever Golden shadow with a Chantecaille Cinnamon shade.

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    Lauper wore this diamond-encrusted snake ring on her Memphis Blues album cover. “It’s by Michael Spirito (michaelspirito.com), one of my favorite NYC designers. You can see me wearing his work on pretty much any red carpet that I have done in the last ten years,” she enthuses. “I have a ton of his pieces that I wear on a daily basis, too.” Her other rings were gifts from her husband and son. “I wear these rings a lot when I work to remind me of them when I’m not with them.”

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    The singer demonstrates her ability to mix high and low by wearing a pair of affordable bright yellow tights from the Sock Man (27 St. Marks Pl between Second and Third Aves; 212-529-0300, thesockman.com) with upscale Manolo Blahnik (31 W 54th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves; 212-582-3007, manoloblahnik.com) lace-up booties. “I love Manolos; they are classic, but also make some shoes and boots with a great edge to them,” Lauper explains.

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    “I like to mix prints, patterns, and plaids—they just have to have a common color tone [to work],” Lauper muses. She pairs a Rugby by Ralph Lauren (ralphlauren.com) top with a dress of the same brand. “I bought the dress and the blouse three years apart, I don’t think Ralph would have paired them together!”

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    The performer proves her style can withstand the test of time by accessorizing with a silver chain-link hand piece that she wore to the American Music Awards in 1985.

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    These Vivienne Westwood skeleton earrings were a birthday gift from her fashion stylist Nikki (xnikkix.com).

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    Lauper’s black onyx ring is from C’est Magnifique (328 E 9th St between First and Second Aves, 212-475-1613). “It’s one of my favorite stores for jewelry,” she enthuses. “It’s a family-run business that’s been around for a long time; they have great pieces and also do custom work.” The gold bullet ring is by Jennifer Fisher (jenniferfisherjewelry.com) and was a gift from Lauper’s son.

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    Vintage Maya’s Shoes of Hollywood (mayashoesusa.com) dual-tone booties mirror the colors of her ensemble. “I love platforms and sexy heels,” she says of her preferred footwear of choice.

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    Even Lauper’s casual outfits are packed with personality. “This is a fun everyday look for me,” says Lauper of her getup.

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    Lauper dons a playful top and brick-print pants from Moschino (401 W 14th St at Ninth Ave; 212-243-8600, moschinoboutique.com). “I love Moschino,” she muses. “It’s one of the few brands out there that still makes great clothes that are sexy, classic and have a sense of humor.”

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    “This is an old Bakelite piece a friend of a friend gave to me when I was in Blue Angel,” Lauper recalls. “He said I could wear it onstage for a ‘win a date with Cyndi’ contest in 1981.”

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    The native New Yorker supports local designers and wears a hand-sculpted silver swirled cocktail ring and matching earrings by Lisa Sellers’ MadBigFro Designs (madbigfrodesigns.etsy.com), which she purchased at Sohung Designs & Collective (312 E 9th St between First and Second Aves; 212-228-8199, sohungdesigns.com).

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    Lauper’s mash-up of bracelets add shine to her outfit. The spiked silver bracelet is by Sara Samoiloff (sarasamoiloff.com) and was purchased at Trash and Vaudeville (4 St. Marks Pl between Second and Third Aves; 212-982-3590, trashandvaudeville.com), the larger black-and-gold one was bought on a trip to Hong Kong, and the collection of thin mirrored bangles are from local Indian shop Hello Sari (261 Broome St between Allen and Orchard Sts, 212-274-0791).

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    Her other arm displays a mix of vintage Bakelite baubles Lauper bought in the ’80s at Screaming Mimi’s, and wooden bracelets from Brazil.

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    “I love the color and they are comfortable to wear because of the wedge,” says Lauper of her Alice + Olivia shoes (locations throughout the city; visit aliceandolivia.com).

  • SPIN HER STYLE
    Boohoo Jessica geo-print long-sleeved skater dress, $30, at boohoo.com

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    French Connection wood geo bangles, two for $37, at asos.com

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    Topshop check shirt, $58, at Topshop, 478 Broadway between Broome and Grand Sts (212-966-9555, topshop.com)

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    Vince Camuto stone drop earrings, $42, at Vince Camuto, locations throughout the city; visit vincecamuto.com

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    BC Footwear Bright Idea wedge sandals, $85, at nordstrom.com

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    Vbeauté Lip Spread Vixen gloss, $28, at Bergdorf Goodman, 754 Fifth Ave at 58th St (212-753-7300)

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    Asos Summer Nights bracelets, four for $31, at asos.com

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    Jack Spade Brick iPhone 4 case, $25, at piperlime.com

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    Make Up for Ever Technicolor eye-shadow palette, $45, at Sephora, locations throughout the city; visit sephora.com

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    Boohoo Emily kaleidoscope high-neck midi dress, $24, at boohoo.com

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    H&M plaid shirt, $25, at H&M, locations throughout the city; visit hm.com

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    Topshop Secret Party lip crayon, $14, at Topshop, 478 Broadway between Broome and Grand Sts (212-966-9555, topshop.com)

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    Anika chunky gem dangle earrings, $8, at shoplately.com

Photograph: Krista Schlueter

“This is my wind-worn Italian movie-star look,” says Lauper. “I would wear it for Easter dinner.”


Cyndi Lauper; singer, songwriter and composer of the new Broadway musical Kinky Boots (cyndilauper.com)

Her personal style: “It’s eclectic. Depending on my mood I’m either a cat burglar or a party on heels.”

Her inspirations: “Everything and everybody. The history of fashion is really my main inspiration.”

Signature item: “It changes all the time, but I really love my vintage combat boots. I customized them with M.A.C. glitter using hair spray.”

Style motto: “Wear what makes you feel inspired.”

Favorite NYC stores:Bess (292 Lafayette St between E Houston and Prince Sts; 212-219-0723, bess-nyc.com) is great—they do really original pieces—and the Cast (71 Orchard St between Broome and Grand Sts; 212-228-2020, thecast.com) makes perfect leather pants and jackets.”

Favorite salon: “I go Tracie Martyn at her salon (101 Fifth Ave between 17th and 18th Sts; 212-206-7315, traciemartyn.com) for facials and light treatments; her products are also great.”

How her style has evolved: “I used to wear my corset outside my clothes, now I wear it under! It’s more subtle.”

New York style icon: “Edie Sedgwick.”

SEE KINKY BOOTS!
The new Broadway musical with music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper opens April 4 at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre (302 W 45th St between Eighth and Ninth Aves; 212-560-2162, kinkybootsthemusical.com)

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Josh

Love me some Cyn!! Love her music and the fact that she is one of the few artist that is always true to herself. Ms. Lauper is a legend!