Most stylish New Yorkers: Jessica Hart

The Australian model and designer rocks a tough-luxe look.

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    Hart wears a denim shirt from her own Neon Hart label (as of March, the line will be available at the Black Tag (219C Mulberry St at Spring St; 212-334-4690, theblacktag.com) with velvet pants from upcycled-vintage boutique The Reformation (143 Ludlow St between Rivington and Stanton Sts; 646-448-4925, wearethereformation.com) and a vintage Def Leppard T-shirt. "I buy all my vintage T-shirts off eBay," she says. "Some cost $12 and others upwarde of $350."

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    The model/designer's silver rosary beads, complete with crucifix, were a gift from an Australian designer.

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    Hart loves this silver and onyx ring from Lazaro Soho (457 Broome St between Greene and Mercer Sts; 212-219-8494, lazarosoho.com) for its fusion of rock & roll style with handcrafted quality. "Lazaro is a great jewelry designer---very up my alley!"

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    The Australian expat was in Atlantic city when this Rolex caught her eye. "I had wanted one for years, but just couldn't find the right one," she says. "As soon as I saw it I knew it was the one. Now I never take it off."

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    Hart's sturdy, brogue-detail lace-up boots are from Rag & Bone's shoe shop (73 E Houston St at Elizabeth St; 212-777-2210, rag-bone.com).

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    Designer threads are one of the perks of the job, of course---this leather jacket was a gift from Danish label Gestuz (gestuz.com). Paired with glitzy Balmain (balmain.com) sequin-camo pants and a top from Neon Hart, it creates a luxuriously edgy look.

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    Staggered slender gold chains lend some subtle bling. The shortest one was a gift from her boyfriend; the diamond and initial necklaces came from her mother and sister Ashley.

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    These black suede Prada pumps provide an elegant counterpoint to the rocker-chick vibe.

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    Sexy meets sweet and soft in this ensemble of Helmut Lang leather leggings, a floral-print shirt by Australian label Don't Ask Amanda and an Isabel Marant (isabelmarant.tm.fr) hooded fur coat.

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     Both of Hart's bracelets have family significance. "The flatter gold bangle was my great grandmother's, passed down to me because I was the first child," she explains. "My mum bought the other one for me when I was born."

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    Growing up in Melbourne, Hart craved a pair of Converse sneakers (converse.com), but the brand was hard to come by in her hometown. "I've had these for about ten years," she says. "They were a gift from a friend who went to the U.S. and brought them back for me."

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Hart wears a denim shirt from her own Neon Hart label (as of March, the line will be available at the Black Tag (219C Mulberry St at Spring St; 212-334-4690, theblacktag.com) with velvet pants from upcycled-vintage boutique The Reformation (143 Ludlow St between Rivington and Stanton Sts; 646-448-4925, wearethereformation.com) and a vintage Def Leppard T-shirt. "I buy all my vintage T-shirts off eBay," she says. "Some cost $12 and others upwarde of $350."

Jessica Hart, 24;  model, blogger and fashion designer of Neon Hart (jessicahart.net/blog); Soho

Her personal style: "Comfortable and casual with an edge."

Her inspirations: "My mood, my environment, the weather."

Favorite stores: "Opening Ceremony (33--35 Howard St between Broadway and Lafayette St; 212-219-2688, openingceremony.us) stocks really cool brands. Resurrection (217 Mott St between Prince and Spring Sts; 212-625-1374, resurrectionvintage.com) for amazing vintage pieces. Selima Optique (locations throughout the city; visit selimaoptique.com) for funky glasses, both new and vintage. Bess (292 Lafayette St between E Houston and Prince Sts; 212-219-0723, bess-nyc.com) is cool for customized denim, leather and sneakers—very rock & roll!"

Her signature item: "My vintage T-shirts. I pretty much wear one every day."

How her style has evolved through the years: "The more I learn about myself, the more my style evolves. Style is a good way to express yourself and your mood, so it's always changing."

How modeling influences her look: "We are always dressing up and being done up, so my off-duty style is very minimal."

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