Monday, May 10, 2010

Islandista It Girl: Shala Monroque

PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 07:  Shala Monroque poses as she arrives for the Miu Miu Pret a Porter show as part of the Paris Womenswear Fashion Week Spring/ Summer 2010 on October 7, 2009 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Islandistas, you know what we love?

We love reading about islandista it girls - chicks who are just killing the scene in New York, London, wherever, with their style, flair and islandistas-ness. We love when something about their name or look gives us that little inkling... is islandista?

And we've found another one - she's St. Lucian Shala Monroque, editor-at-large for Pop magazine, girlfriend of art dealer and gallerist Larry Gagosian  and the fashion set's darling.
Seriously, Monroque, who was born and raised in bel Sent Lisi, is everywhere that matters in style.
MOSCOW - SEPTEMBER 17:  Larry Gagosian and Shala Monroque attend a private dinner for the Gagosian Gallery Opening of 'for what you are about to receive' at the Chocolate Factory on September 17, 2008 in Moscow, Russia.  (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for Gagosian Gallery)

She makes regular appearances (like here and here) in's Ten Best Dressed of the Week and was profiled as an 'It Girl' in the Flash section of Vogue last month (April 2010). also praised her style in a piece recently, noting how she sent the fashion blogosphere in a tizzy during the SS10 season last year.
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 10:  Fashion editor-in-cheif of Pop Magazine Shala Monroque attends the Miu Miu celebration of Fashion's Night Out at Miu Miu Boutique on September 10, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images for Miu Miu)

Her style is distinctive - a variety of turbans and beanies so she doesn't have to fuss too much with her short, natural do, the sickest shoe game this side of the Atlantic and a love of bright colours and prints.
That same month she was also in Harper's Bazaar, in their 7-day Wardrobe feature, showing the range of fabulous style. In the feature, she attributes her love of big, bold colour to her Caribbean heritage.

She also attributes that heritage, specifically her looshan-ess to her fearless attitude. In her blog for Pop, she drops the stat that every St. Lucian must remind you of - their Nobel Laureate ratio,  while musing:
"Anyway these two events coming from an island with a population of 160.000 people has left me and many other St. Lucians with the idea that we can achieve anything..."

Yep, pretty much!

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