Leomie Anderson on Vintage Chanel & Female Empowerment
Leomie Anderson is quickly becoming a household name in the world of high fashion. At just 25 years old, she has already graced the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show runway on multiple occasions and starred in campaigns for Fenty Beauty and Pat McGrath Labs. When she’s not hosting events at Coachella or walking the red carpet at Cannes, Leomie helms LAPP, a female empowerment platform she founded in 2016.
Despite her mind-blowing schedule, the London-bred model is known for sporting killer off-duty looks, thanks to her keen eye and a closet full of vintage Chanel. We spoke with Leomie about her love of resale shopping, her style inspirations and her hopes for the future of LAPP.
Do you remember when you started shopping secondhand? What sparked your interest?
I started buying vintage when I was 16 years old because I wanted to buy my first staple wardrobe pieces like a fur coat and sheepskin jacket. Then I moved on to searching for unique designer pieces and the obsession just grew even more.
Do you have a favorite piece you’ve found through consigning?
I have a crazy vintage Chanel collection ranging from holographic logo bags to runway denim looks from 1996; vintage Chanel is a real weakness of mine!
Has your career in fashion helped refine your resale shopping skills? If so, how?
I would say it refined my skills but I’m always around people with unique pieces from all over the world, so I get the scoop on a lot of random vintage spots in places like Paris and here in New York.
Do you have any favorite shows you’ve walked or campaigns you’ve starred in?
Victoria’s Secret has been amazing to walk for because it really is as shiny and pink off camera as it is on!
Who are your style inspirations?
I love Rihanna’s personal style as she’s always playing with fashion and my older brother because his clothes were the first menswear pieces I ever wore and I’m forever incorporating men’s pieces into my looks.
Tell us about LAPP. What are your hopes for its future?
LAPP is a brand for women by women. On the blog, women can write about anything be it about sex, mental health, fashion, politics—anything as long as you’re a woman. I wanted to create a safe space online for women to discuss topics that are important to them. With the clothing side, it’s a fusion of athleisure and female empowerment fashion. I hope to continue to grow the blog's community and become a kind of female BuzzFeed and the clothing side I definitely want to collaborate with a high street brand in order to be able to create a more inclusive range when it comes to sizes and body shapes.
Any other tips for successful vintage and resale shopping?
Find out the fine details of the product you’re looking to buy such as the shape, the year it was made and any distinctive details in order to help you narrow down any searches online.