Most stylish New Yorkers: Jason Black and Lacy Warner

The friends and Brooklyn Flea vintage clothing vendors model their recycled outfits; we show you how to get their look.

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    "Jason and I went to the same performing-arts high school," notes Warner of how the pair met. "Then we lived in Flatbush, Brooklyn, together where we played endless games of dress-up to get through the dregs of our early twenties. Finally, we turned that game into our vintage clothes business, Fag n Hag. Now we just laugh and laugh and laugh."

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    Warner loaned this pink satin crop top from Breanne DiDomenico, who owns Williamsburg vintage store Horizons. "That girl's got great style," enthuses Warner. "She is my fashion sister." A fur hooded jacket that belonged to Black's grandmother winterizes the belly-skimming top and a pair of floral jeans that were "a great summer find from dumpster diving. They really remind me of Rosie Perez---very White Men Can't Jump."

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    These color-block heels were a find at Black's secret nun shop. "Let me tell you, those sisters are more Magdalene than Mary, if you know what I mean," says Warner. "Despite the habit, they know their fashion!"

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    Warner models a ring fashioned from a dollar, which she received as a gift from an ex-boyfriend. It pops against her vibrant nail polish, which is "a cheapo brand, but they're best for polish, I feel," she notes. "Also, hot pink nails are my thing---the longer the better!"

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    "Animal-print tights are in right now, and I'm hooked," enthuses Black, who discovered this pair at New Jersey vintage warehouse Udelco (udelcoinc.com). The boots were a holiday gift from Black's twin brother.

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    Black stays Zen by donning a malachite pendant necklace that's "meant to promote calm and peaceful feelings."

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    "I love pins," says Black, who affixes a trio that were all gifts onto his vintage denim vest. "I just got one that says 'Witches are crafty people'---isn't that great?"

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    When asked how the duo's respective styles differ, Black replies: "Lacy is really into being sexy and provocative, and I look like a big baby a lot of the time. But I think we are both interested in creating a character out of clothes that makes us feel confident."

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    "Something happened to me where for months I was only interested in buying teal," recalls Black, referring to his monochromatic outfit. "I found the color soothing and powerful; I think it's so important to wear colors that uplift you."

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    This printed poncho belonged to Warner's mother. "It was a huge muumuu-type thing until a family reunion, when my aunts stepped in and made it body hugging for me," she says.

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    "Jason pushes me when I look boring, and I bring him back from the edge of disaster," reflects Warner of how the pair's styles complement one another. "It's a constant source of joy for us to get together and see what the other is wearing."

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    Ankle booties Warner scored at a stoop sale for just $3 dress up a paint-splattered romper that was a birthday present from Black. She cinches it with a wide belt that was a hand-me-down from her aunt. "It really reminds me of Olivia Newton-John from the end of Grease," she reflects. 

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    "Even though mixing prints is very in, not enough people are doing it," laments Black. "I think it's fabulous."

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    These chunky clogs once belonged to Black's childhood best friend's mother. "When people found out that we were selling our collection of clothes at the Brooklyn Flea, everyone started sending us things to sell," explains Black. "She sent them with a note that said, 'I used these for the rain and winter seasons.' Isn't that insane? I love them, but I am in constant fear of breaking my ankles."

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    "I think you should wear clothes that allow you to feel amazing," declares Black. "You should always think that this is the outfit that will conquer the world."

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    Warner makes hand-me-downs look chic: She pairs a zebra-print jacket that belonged to her grandmother with a pair of her mother's old wide-leg knit pants. "When I was a teenager, my family lived in Bolivia, and my mom bought dozens of outfits from this amazing alpaca knitwear company, Millma (millma.com)," she notes. "I'm lucky enough that she passed everything down to me."

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    Black cozies up to a fur jacket that his grandmother purchased in Alaska. It makes a casual denim jumper look glamorous---despite its less than alluring origins. "I literally found it in a trash can on the Upper East Side and wore it the same day," admits Black. "It doesn't have a single button left."

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    "I only wear costume or homemade jewelry," says Black, who piles on strands of wooden-beaded necklaces. "I wish I could afford grand and expensive baubles but, you know, fake it till you make it."

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    The friends surround themselves with some of the clothes that they have collected through the years. "I casually wear things now that I wore on Halloween when I was seven, and Jason is a total hoarder!" says Warner. "At the end of the day, we just love clothes. Even when we have nowhere to store everything we collect, we still can't keep ourselves from going out on a fashion mission."

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"Jason and I went to the same performing-arts high school," notes Warner of how the pair met. "Then we lived in Flatbush, Brooklyn, together where we played endless games of dress-up to get through the dregs of our early twenties. Finally, we turned that game into our vintage clothes business, Fag n Hag. Now we just laugh and laugh and laugh."

Jason Black, 26, performer and co-owner of Fag n Hag Vintage Clothing, Brooklyn Heights; and Lacy Warner, 27, actor and co-owner of Fag n Hag Vintage Clothing; Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn

Jason's personal style: "Gay Wiccan teen."
Lacy's personal style:
"I like to call it gay-glow meets canyon candy. Close your eyes and imagine that Butch Cassidy had a child with Basquiat and then gave it away to Stevie Nicks to raise."

Jason's inspirations: "Anything Dianne Wiest, anything Shelley Duvall—anything! I find that it's the elders of this city who bring it the hardest when it comes to an amazing fit."
Lacy's inspiration:
"My grandmother is the source of all of my fashion inspiration. She's a fiery woman with a lot of moxie and a love for the flamboyant. There is a picture of her on a horse holding a rifle with cheek bones so high you could cut glass on them. There is nothing more powerful to me than that image."

Jason's favorite store: "I go to a secret used clothing shop on the Upper West Side run by nuns, and I will never give away the name or location."
Lacy's favorite store: "As a rule I do not shop at stores. I prefer attics, basements and my own dress-up box from childhood. However, the one exception is the vintage store Horizons (337 Metropolitan Ave at North 4th Pl, Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-647-4981). When I visit, I feel as though I've walked into my dream closet—everything in there is just a step beyond the usual trend, so you can find something very unique but also very accessible."

Lacy's favorite salon: "I get my hair done by Skarlett Silvestera and Leila May at Blackstones (19 E 7th St between Second and Third Aves; 212-353-2680, blackstonesnyc.net) in the East Village. For years I've had terrible haircuts and dye jobs, but these two women finally set me straight."

Jason's signature item: "All of my vintage fur. Fur for days. But never new—I would never advocate the buying of new fur."
Lacy's signature item:
"My red turban from my grandmother. She ran away with my grandfather from Ohio to Mexico, and in all of the pictures from this bohemian period, she is wearing this turban. I think it has special powers, where you are guaranteed an adventure if you wear it."

Jason's favorite designers: "My thing isn't really to follow designers; I get my inspiration from the streets and my friends' closets. I always see them wearing something that two years later appears on the runways."
Lacy's favorite designers:
"I love vintage, and the Brooklyn Flea (176 Lafayette Ave between Clermont and Vanderbilt Aves, Fort Greene, Brooklyn; Sat 10am--5pm * East River Waterfront between North 6th and North 7th Sts, Williamsburg, Brooklyn; Sun 10am--5pm * brooklynflea.com) has some of the best pickers with the greatest taste I have ever seen. I spend all of the money we make working the Flea on more clothes that other vendors sell. I love Homage Vintage (shophomage.com)—amazing taste, amazing labels! If you are a label whore and you love vintage, there is truly nothing better. Dan's Parents' House (craftyrecords.net/brooklynflea.cfm) has the coolest and weirdest knickknacks, such as old collectible toys and love letters written between couples from the 1940s. Britannia Antiques (britannianewyork.com) has the best costume jewelry, and Funky Fanny's Vintage (funkyfannys.com) has a tale to tell behind every piece, which makes the clothes even more special."

How Jason describes New York style: "Too much gray and black. My goal is to inspire color and excitement into peoples lives. Life is too short to wear poly-cotton blends and flip-flops!"
How Lacy describes New York style: "No one in the world dresses as well as New Yorkers. We all go there and commit to the total outlandishness of an outfit. New Yorkers go big or they go home to where they came from."

How Jason's style has evolved: "My motto used to be, 'If it's too much, put one more thing on.' But now I'm slowly finding out the importance of being confident in your body and allowing yourself to wear the clothes, not vice versa. Editing is so hard but also so important."
How Lacy's style has evolved:
"I always just wanted to be noticed, and now I'm an itsy bit more concerned with clothes that actually look flattering."

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