[dropcap letter=”A”] stylist, a mother, a wife, and a world-traveler are just a few words to describe Kiarra Logan. The Indiana-native has spent much of her adulthood living abroad in Italy, which has influenced her style and her brand, KiarraLooks, greatly. We sat down with Kiarra to talk personal style, short and long term goals, and more!
What is your earliest memory of a noticeable interest in fashion?
My mother and grandmother got me interested in fashion, actually. I have to give them credit because even as a child, they always taught me to look my best. From there, I began paying attention to and really caring about my personal style. I’m not sure if many recall the store The Limited Too, but that was my spot. During the early 90s, that was where “the stylish kids” shopped or so my seven-year-old self thought. Growing up, I worked retail and always read fashion magazines, paid attention to runways and what the Hollywood elite were wearing. When I got to college, I tried to take after my dad and major in marketing, but a week into college, I realized I belonged in the Apparel Merchandising Program. Ironically, I got accepted into FIT in New York, but decided “it wasn’t the right fit.” Let’s chalk that up to teenage decisions.
Who or what influences your style?
I have lived in Europe since 2009, and I am most certainly influenced by the style on that side of the world. I do have Hollywood stars who inspire me – Tracee Ellis Ross, Rihanna, and Monica Rose, to name a few. Overall, my life in Europe has brought my style to what it is now. I have lived in seven different countries and would like to think I have a little piece of style from each place.
What are your favorite Instagram accounts to follow?
Ahh, I have so many. @jessicaminkoff, she is a fashion content editor for Bergdorfs. The shoes she posts make me faint almost daily. Of course, @badgalriri, @traceeellisross, @emilisindlev, and @unapologeticdopeness because they provide the best inspo and bring it all together.
Describe your personal style in four words or one phrase.
Classy streetwear or “A mom, but a MOOD.” I have to explain those just a little. I really love streetwear, but I like to think I elevate it a little. The second phrase is an expression that one of my close girlfriends coined for me because she jokes that I’m such a mom, but my pictures are always a mood. Life gets busy with my kids, but I refuse to spend my days in the typical mom style of “workout” gear.
What’s your go-to item in your closet?
Right now, it’s my vintage leopard coat and Melody Ehsani fearless Jordan 1 sneakers.
Who are your favorite designers, and what do you like about their designs?
From the big fashion houses, I love Saint Laurent and Prada. Right now, I want everything from the Attico. Their fall 2020 collection has me wishing I was in heels and runway ready everyday, but you will definitely catch me in their pieces with my sneakers.
Did you ever consider leaving the Indy area? If so, what made you stay? I’ve actually spent more time away from Indy in the last ten years than I have in Indy. My husband and I just built a new house here where we plan to live until our oldest graduates high school. I’m a big family person, and after raising my kids abroad and being away from family for so long, I think it will be great for them to have time with the people who helped to raise me.
What trends are you noticing for spring fashion?
Orange. Red-orange, and I am loving it. I was in Italy during December, and while shopping, I kept seeing this color pop up. When I went to Venice, I saw it more, and then I purchased orange Jimmy Choo pumps. I also saw some new handbags from Chanel in this same sort of color, and Prada just dropped their nylon re-issue bag in orange.
What’s next for you? What short and long term goals are on your list? This year, I want to buy more vintage. It’s better for the planet, and the profits go directly to someone rather than a big business. I’m not knocking fast fashion, but I’m choosing to be more conscious of where I spend, so I’m trying to eliminate impulse buys.
Fashion is LIFE. Okay, fashion is art via clothing. Fashion is a way of expression.
Worst fashion trend?
Clear shoes. Over it. Next.
Best fashion trend?
Hosiery. Actually it’s always been around, but I’m glad it’s becoming more popular.
Last but certainly not least, name your favorite fashion icon.