Of all the hip young models that jet-set their way around the world, one hip young model consistently stands out from the crowd thanks to her fresh, effortless aesthetic and sweetly sassy vibe – Eniko Mihalik, our model muse for July. What is it about Eniko’s style that makes her so muse-worthy? The list is long. Her penchant for mixing classic silhouettes (a cropped blazer) with contemporary staples (denim cut-offs) to create seriously stylish ensembles. Her inability to look anything less than chic. The way she reuses her favorite pieces – a buttery-soft leather bag, beaten-up motorcycle boots – to create fresh looks. To sum up, we simple couldn’t look past Eniko for our latest edition of Model Style.
Before we further explore Eniko’s style, let us first give a little background. Eniko was born and raised in Békéscsaba, Hungary. In 2002, at the age of fifteen, she was discovered by a modeling agent in a local shopping model; soon after, she won the Hungarian Elite Model Look competition. She made her runway debut at Chanel’s Fall 2006 haute couture show and has since walked for such heavyweights as Givenchy, Diane von Furstenberg and Versace. Her instantly-recognizable face has been seen in magazines such as Vogue, Vogue Nippon and i-D, as well as in campaigns for Gucci, Kenzo and MaxMara. In 2009, she walked in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. As one of the world’s most on-the-go models, it is no surprise that Eniko has a flair for fashion – just take a look at these five perfectly put-together ensembles.
As already mentioned, one of the things we love most about Eniko’s style is her ability to give timeless pieces a modern twist. In this case (far left), Eniko updated an otherwise casual outfit – loose tee and denim cut-off shorts – by pairing them with classic staples – a cropped blazer and caged heels. The result: a fresh take on French chic. For a similarly stylish ensemble, we like Topshop’s Bow Tux Cropped Blazer ($135) and Juicy Couture’s Crop Back Double Breasted Jacket ($125), paired with RVCA’s Loud Mouth Scoop Tee ($19.99) and Siwy’s Cut-Off Denim Shorts ($165). Finish off the look with a pair of sassy sandals – both Chinese Laundry’s Love Me Suede Caged Platform Sandals ($68.36) and Nine West’s Jemmia Sandals ($89) are great options.
Yet another reason to love Eniko? Her willingness to recycle her favorite pieces, the sign of a truly down-to-earth starlet. Spotted leaving the Lanvin show in Paris (second from left), Eniko toughened up a silky buttoned dress and draped scarf by pairing them with her favorite scruffy biker boots. To give this perfect off-duty ensemble a try, start with either Halston Heritage’s Pleated Dress ($385) or Parker’s Double Flared Sleeve Dress ($209, and then cover up in Ann Taylor’s Washed Cashmere Gauzy Scarf ($39.99). Finally, add a pair of Jeffrey Campbell’s Brit Wrap Strap Booties ($230) – they have just the right amount of weather-beaten attitude.
Catching a model as she leaves a show is often the perfect opportunity for a stand-out off-duty moment. Case in point: last September, Eniko left Rodarte’s Spring 2010 show (middle) in a girly get-up that was subtly softened with the addition of some shabby ankle boots. To replicate Eniko’s bohemian ensemble, start out with a loose paisley-print skirt; we like Anna Sui’s Signature Print Mini Skirt ($404) and Free People’s Paisley Floral Skirt ($88). Neck, pick up a basic white tee, like Full Tilt’s Essential Boyfriend Tee ($9.99), and a cozy cardigan such as ASOS’s Raw Edge Boyfriend Cardigan ($33.69). The final touch? A pair of worn boots – both Ksubi’s Hitchcock Flat Biker Boots ($323.42) and Ecote’s Ankle Boots ($88) are great options.
Just a few weeks ago, Eniko was spotted out and about in New York in one of this season’s most on-trend pieces: the army jacket. While this utilitarian piece gives the outfit an edgy side – especially when paired with her biker boots – the outfit is tempered with a soft purple miniskirt and white tee. To assemble an equally on-trend ensemble, pair your favorite white tee with Silence & Noise’s High Waisted Mini Skirt ($24.99) in purple. Then, just throw on a strong military jacket like Blu Moon’s Militant Jacket ($184) or Free People’s Military Shirt Jacket ($138).
Before we finish, we must pay tribute to Eniko’s talent for injecting her outfit with color. Spotted out shopping in New York, Eniko renewed her wardrobe staples – biker boots, denim cut-offs, slouchy tee – with a Schiaparelli pink Alexander Wang blazer. This pop of pink gave an otherwise casual ensemble a super-chic update. For a similarly fresh get-up, try Full Circle’s Big Shoulder Leather Blazer ($294.79) or Jovonna Kamellia’s Twill Blazer ($42.11) with a pair of William Rast’s Scarlet Cuffed Shorts ($115.50).
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Images: Altamira NYC, Stockholm Street Style