Louise Ingalls Sturges

30, photographer, painter, blogger and vintage vendor; East Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

  • "I started doing the bracelet wrist in the summer of '05," says Sturges. "I...

  • "I started doing the bracelet wrist in the summer of '05," says Sturges. "I...

  • Intimissimi bra from Barcelona; Capezio ballet flats; vintage girdle garder...

  • Phamous faux--Mongolian lamb's wool vest from Pixie Market, vintage tapestry...

  • Rodarte for Target lace shirt; floral jumpsuit from a Savers thrift store in...

  • Grey Ant sunglasses from Opening Ceremony, vintage beaded necklace from a...

  • Rachel Comey dress with blue slip and leopard-spotted pony-hair pumps from a...

  • Rachel Comey dress with blue slip and leopard-spotted pony-hair pumps from a...

  • Silver LOUISE locket from Southern California; photo locket from Coney Island;...

  • Rachel Comey dress with blue slip from a sample sale

  • "Each week for a year, I tucked away some dollars in a drawer so that I could...

"I started doing the bracelet wrist in the summer of '05," says Sturges. "I...

Louise Ingalls Sturges, 30, photographer, painter, blogger and vintage vendor (http://besosyfotos.blogspot.com, louiseingallssturges.com); East Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Her style: "Glamour hippie."

Her inspirations: "Vintage photographs of Native Americans, people on the street, Salt-N-Pepa, flamenco dancers, my grandmothers, African and South American textiles, Bob Marley, paintings by Rauschenberg and Rothko, prisms, Godard, rainbows, my innovative friends and, of course, a handful of style bloggers."

Favorite local stores: "Circa Now, Madame Matovu, Local, the Garment Room and Fox & Fawn all have a really stellar, well-edited but not grossly overpriced selection of vintage clothes. And these shops are all owned and run by radical, non-pretentious gals. Opening Ceremony, Assembly New York, Zoe, Bird, Barneys and Acne are my top picks for indulgent splurges or for when I'm just in the mood for some high-class browsing. Oh, and the Rachel Comey sample sale is a must-do every season."

Favorite local designer: "Arielle de Pinto (arielledepinto.com) is not only a really sweet gal but an amazing jewelry designer who crochets these tangled webs of genius that I am coveting really hard. I don't have anything by her yet but fingers crossed that changes in the nearest of futures. Pamela Love (pamelalovenyc.com) is another jewelry designer that I'm really jazzed on lately. Her work is a fantastic mix of tough chic and earth mama. Also Dieppa Restrepo (diepparestrepo.com): These gals are really onto something with their candy-colored brogues. I'd be delighted to run around in any of their patent-leather lace-ups."

Most hated trend: "I can't understand how the Ugg trend is still happening in New York. I mean, I am all for comfort and warmth, but there's a limit to what is socially or aesthetically acceptable here. Primarily, why would you want to pull those boots over the top of anything? To show them off? This deeply confuses me. Oh, same goes for Von Dutch and Ed Hardy gear—it's hideous and makes me feel nauseous."

The greatest dressers of all times: "Janis Joplin personified a wild-child aesthetic that I am continually inspired by. She had the sexy free-loving-hippie look down pat. A tiny little dress, an arm full of bracelets, a fur hat and a flask sounds about right to me for a night out on the town. Coco Chanel was on the front lines of the womanswear-menswear crossover and was the first to adapt utilitarian clothing for a high-end market. She adopted the French fisherman's striped tunic, and was influenced by posh British equestrian uniforms, while adorning herself with loads of bangles and faux pearls. Edie Sedgewick: While she spent, like, five hours on her eye makeup, the rest of her look was sort of simple—seriously major chandelier earrings, uncomplicated minis, striped tunics and opaque black panty hose. Then there's 1970s Bianca Jagger, overflowing with drama and intrigue, while serving as muse to both Halston and Yves Saint Laurent. White tuxedo wedding to Mick, Studio 54 cleavage and a wonderful collection of hats put her in the list of greatests. It's clichd, but Kate Moss does exude that effortless je ne sais quoi that is so key in fashion. She doesn't look like she tries too hard; she pulls from different sources and is the lucky owner of my dream leopard coat. I adore her ability to be intriguing in both Art Deco evening dresses and cutoffs."