Glitter Girl: Laney Of Downtown Romantic

Written by on October 18, 2011 in Fashion, Glitter Girl - 21 Comments

Photography: Emily Johnston Anderson

Californian “flower-child” Laney Crowell of Downtown Romantic is currently enjoying her city lifestyle in bustling Manhattan. This city girl enjoys evenings spent at the MoMa, dinner out with the girls, researching new cooking recipes, shopping at local favorite (ADAM), and wandering the quaint streets of the West Village. This chic fashionista stands by her philosophy of mixing edgy with feminine (in both dressing and decor) for a look that is completely downtown romantic!

What was the inspiration behind your blog Downtown Romantic?
I was strolling around SoHo with one of my best friends on a Sunday afternoon and out of the blue referred to my style as “downtown romantic.” The next day my blog was born. Having worked in magazines and in fashion for the past six years, it was important to me that this blog be about my passions, whether they be on trend or not.

How would you describe your personal and home décor style? Do you think they reveal part of your personality?
My personal and home décor style are the same: über feminine with a slight edge. So if I’m going to wear a frilly chiffon dress, I balance it out by throwing on a leather jacket. Along the same lines, in my apartment, I have gold-leaf vintage furniture mixed and matched with more modern Jonathan Adler pieces. My style reflects my personality: I’m a flower-child Californian at heart, but I can hold my own in New York.

“In New York, you need a big jacket to get through winter. I love the vintage-y, unique vibe of this one.”  Joy Cioci jacket, 3.1 Philip Lim dress

What inspires you on a daily basis?
It’s hard not to be inspired in New York — everyone here has such amazing, unique style. Even the décor at restaurants is breathtaking! I’ve referenced the chandeliers that cover the ceiling at Imperial No. 9 in more than one interior design conversation. If I’m feeling art deprived, though, I like to go to the MoMA after work and wander around the Impressionist floor. The colors of the Matisses and the angles of the Picassos make me dreamy, and I can’t help but to go home and paint or take photos.

“Grouping books together by color is one of my favorite interior design tricks that I learned from my grandmother–and I’m particularly in love with this all-white grouping.”

“This bottle of Nina Ricci perfume may be one of my favorite pieces of décor–the Lalique twin doves are just so elegant.”

“There’s nothing better than a sparkling clutch to make an outfit feel special. I’ve collected these over the years at various flea markets and vintage stores, and I get an incredible amount of use out of them.”

“I have a whole closet just for dresses–my favorites are the ones that can transition from summer to winter and back again.” Stella McCartney pink dress, Jill Stuart cherry dress.

Are you an online shopper or do you prefer shopping in person? Who are your favorite designers?
I get most of my fashion inspiration online, so in a way I do shop online. But in general, I like the experience of walking into a store, feeling the fabric, and making sure the fit is spot on. Since I’m a Phoebe Philo groupee, I’d have to say that Chloé and Celine are hands down my ultimate lust-worthy designers. A local favorite is Joy Cioci. She’s new on the scene, but her pieces are the definition of urban femininity–I pretty much want her entire Spring/Summer collection. And of course, I wouldn’t get to work on time without my ever-expanding collection of Equipment blouses. I pair them with pencil skirts from Zara and Miu Miu pumps for easy, go-to office outfits.

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  • Kaleen

    I love her style. I believe she may be my personal fav of all the glitter girls so far! Her blog is definitely going on my blogroll! On a side note, the images are sooo beautiful!

  • SoOhCliché

    What a gorgeous post, gorgeous pictures, gorgeous girl. What an inspiration!!

  • Macy Young

    So gorgeous! I love how bright and airy the photos are of the apartment!


  • Vanessa @ Swift as Shadows

    This interview is incredibly inspiring. Selecting two personal style words is excellent advice, and certainly makes for a more cohesive, pulled together look. The glimpses we saw of Laney’s clothes and home were great too — she definitely has a new reader!

  • Olga Urbieta

    Favorite post! Great style and vibe. Love the Joy Cioci dress!

  • Natalie

    Kaleen, you’re soooooo right! She’s GORGE! Loving her feminine and romantic style. Can’t wait to add her blog to my RSS!!

  • Charlene Young

    What an amazing interview that encompasses her style and interests. She is gorgeous and has such amazing taste! I am coveting everything from the shoot!

  • Sara Campbell

    What a beautiful glitter girl! Loved the photos :)
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  • Sherry

    She is absolutely stunning and I love the romantic feel of her apartment! I have the same philosophy when it comes to shoes – either flat or sky high!!! Beautiful pictures!! :)

  • rachael

    This is such a beautiful post! Love her style and her house is so pretty!

  • Drew {Coral Cafe}

    Great style, lovely inspiration and a gorgeous lady!! Can’t wait to check out the blog now!!

  • Nautical Wheeler

    Dying over her boots! And the ruffled coat! I don’t even usually like ruffles ~jen

  • Samantha Penner

    I love love her style! The best part of this feature is when she says she stays true to what inspires her, whether or not it is on trend. I couldn’t agree with that more. Love it!

  • carla mccarthy

    love the interview especially when they are vintage fans!


  • Ellen

    The photo of her ruffled camel coat is amazing. Downtown romantic indeed.


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  • Louise

    I like the pictures, and she is so pretty, but why doesn’t she have a man in her life? I don’t understand it.

  • Lia

    Love to see a real person wearing very feminine outfits. Let girls be girls!

  • Adina

    I have been meaning to ask–where is that lovely modern room divider/partition from? I LOVE how you used it as a way to display fave dresses!

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