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Photograph: Zenith Richards“I am absolutely obsessed with kilts,” declares McCormick, who bought this plaid one in Edinburgh when Company XIV performed at the International Festival Fringe. “I love to wear them casually with a sweater and T-shirt to a movie or dress them up with fancy shoes and a jacket for a night at the theater.” He keeps his look laid-back with a Scoop NYC scarf and an American Apparel tee.
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Photograph: Zenith RichardsMcCormick shows off his hand-carved Stowellen skull rings made from naturally shed antler. “They add a bit of attitude to any ensemble,” he says.
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Photograph: Zenith Richards“There is nothing better than an oversize grandpa sweater,” enthuses McCormick of his Gary Graham cardigan from ABC Carpet & Home (881 Broadway at 19th St; 212-473-3000, “It has been keeping me warm all winter. I also avoid freezing on the streets of New York by incorporating cashmere leggings into my repertoire.” He purchased these gray ones from Eileen Fisher (395 West Broadway between Broome and Spring Sts; 212-431-4567, and tops his cozy look off with a knit Y-3 cap.
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Photograph: Zenith RichardsMcCormick discovered these Kenzo boots in Paris a few years ago. “My favorite thing about them is that they are lined with blue leather inside,” he notes.
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Photograph: Zenith Richards“I would wear this outfit to a lunch date with friends or a meeting with my agent,” says McCormick of his Comme des Garçons ensemble. “I love the cut of Rei Kawakubo’s clothes; they are avant-garde and comfortable at the same time.”
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Photograph: Zenith RichardsMcCormick dons another Stowellen skull ring, this one made of carved ebony.
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Photograph: Zenith RichardsThese feather necklaces are another carved-ebony creation from Stowellen.
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Photograph: Zenith RichardsSilver Henry Beguelin ( loafers add subtle sheen to McCormick’s outfit. “They are handmade with gorgeous detail, and they are literally the most comfortable shoes ever,” he gushes.
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Photograph: Zenith Richards“This is an outfit I’d wear on a date,” says McCormick. “It’s comfortable but has some exciting shapes.” He wears a Lucien Pellat-Finet skull scarf over a Jean Paul Gaultier sweater and harem pants by Donna Karan for Urban Zen (705 Greenwich St between Charles and W 10th Sts; 212-206-3999, “I have these harem pants in every color,” he admits. “I wear them in the winter with long underwear and in the summer with flip-flops.”
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Photograph: Zenith RichardsMcCormick swaps out his scarf for a Libertine ( blazer.
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Photograph: Zenith Richards“These shoes were made for Comme des Garçons by Repetto—a dance shoemaker,” explains McCormick. “They are the perfect shoes to add some glam to any ensemble.”
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Photograph: Zenith RichardsMcCormick goes “to the amazing Tom Gallagher” at Sip N Snip (204 Waverly Pl at Charles St; 212-242-3880, for his tousled tresses. “And I could not live in New York City without Herban Essentials ( essential-oil towelettes,” he reveals.
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Photograph: Zenith RichardsMcCormick tempers a bright-pink Comme des Garçons shirt by layering a muted Alexander McQueen ombré cardigan over it and wearing drop-crotch Y-3 black pants on the bottom.
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Photograph: Zenith Richards“These are the coolest tuxedo shoes I’ve ever found,” says McCormick, referring to his Collection Privèe ( lace-ups from Barneys. “I love the torn-edge detail and I’m really into the pointed toe.”
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Photograph: Zenith RichardsMcCormick’s fuchsia Dosa scarf doubles as a head wrap. “I have a major thing for turbans,” he admits. “Some might call it an obsession, but I think they’re beautiful. I have started tying my scarves around my head in winter instead of wearing a hat.”
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Photograph: Zenith Richards“This is my wanna-be–badass look,” McCormick jokes of his vintage tee from Melet Mercantile and J. Lindberg slim-cut pants. “Sometimes it’s fun to get a little rough and edgy—eyeliner and all.”
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Photograph: Zenith RichardsMcCormick adds some heavy metal to his tough-guy look with a chunky chain bracelet from the West 25th Street Market and a Jeanine Payer ( cuff from ABC Carpet & Home. “Her one-of-a-kind pieces are engraved with beautiful poetry, text or quotes by famous authors,” he explains. “They make the perfect gift for someone artistic and special.”
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Photograph: Zenith Richards“These Prada boots are the perfect winter shoes,” gushes McCormick, who has been sporting them for the past ten years. “They survive the snow and always look great.”
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Photograph: Zenith RichardsMcCormick shows off his dance skills—and his long, flowy Dosa scarf—by jumping in the air.
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Most stylish New Yorkers: Austin McCormick

The choreographer gravitates toward the theatrical even offstage.

By Cristina Velocci and Rachel LeWinter

Austin McCormick, 27; founder, artistic director and choreographer of Company XIV (; Chelsea

His personal style: “If I had it my way, I would wear Company XIV costumes on the streets of New York every day—powdered wigs, corsets and heels—but I’d be locked away in the loony bin. I live in a fantasy world; my style is a combination of the theatrical and practical. Everything in my closet can be mixed and matched and worn together. I believe in investing in high-quality pieces I’ll have forever and mixing them with inexpensive T-shirts, jeans and accessories. I’m also crazy about vintage. What would life be without beautiful clothes that express who we are?”

His inspirations: “Oscar Wilde, Louis XIV and Sid Vicious.”

Favorite stores: “I have found some fantastic pieces at the West 25th Street Market (W 25th St between Broadway and Sixth Ave; 212-243-5343,, both for costumes and daily life. I also like Melet Mercantile (84 Wooster St between Broome and Spring Sts, suite 205; 212-925-8353), an appointment-only vintage outpost with one-of-a-kind treasures from accessories to Victorian corsets. I absolutely love Muji (locations throughout the city; visit for underwear and housewares and American Apparel (locations throughout the city; visit for T-shirts. And I’ve found incredible vintage shoes at the Quality Mending Co. (15 Prince St at Elizabeth St; 212-334-5334,, like brown leather boots from World War II. Plus, the prices can’t be beat!”

His signature accessories: “I am never without a skull ring by Stowellen ( or a colorful scarf by Dosa (”

Favorite designers: “Christian Lacroix (, Vivienne Westwood (, Jean Paul Gaultier (, the Mulleavy sisters of Rodarte (, and the most amazingly artistic genius of our time, Alexander McQueen (, whose past work continues to inspire me daily.”

How he describes New York style: “Where else can one rendezvous with moustached Williamsburg hipsters in skinny jeans, Lower East Side drag queens and Upper West Side ladies in couture at Lincoln Center? New York is where everything converges, a melting pot of styles and ideas. It’s an unending source of creative inspiration; one need only to walk the streets in any neighborhood to feel the energy and fall in love with the concrete jungle and its inhabitants.”

How his style has evolved through the years: “My mother used to dress me in Petit Bateau as a baby; years later, I would go through her shoe closet and try on her pink-feathered heels. I wore an embroidered purple Mexican wedding dress over my boy clothes for years. I’ve been marching to the beat of my own drum from the beginning, so really, nothing has changed. I’ve just gotten older.”


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