HubThreads: Celebrating Boston Street Style

Meet Erin, you might know her from Project Runway.

Photo by Diana Levine / dianalevine.com

Critics say this city has no style. We’re here to prove them wrong. Welcome to HubThreads, where we chat with the most stylish people we find out and about in Boston. Think you or someone you know has the best street style? Let us know.

ERIN

Tell me about this outfit. I’m going for like, I’m coding while skiing for the first time. But also I’m a pro, so I just glide in with my heels and my glasses to get a hot chocolate.

So it’s a coder during après ski. A coder that knows how to go on vacation.

It’s perfect. Do you have any other style icons or influencers, other than coders, that go on vacation? I’ve always loved Anna Dello Russo. I always respect a woman who just doesn’t care. One of my favorite vibes is really anyone who is just like I’m gonna wear it because I want to.

How would you describe your style generally? Generally I like to be colorful, definitely very happy. I love patterns and textures and fun, but also a little tweak of sophistication at the same time, so it’s not too much.

I really like what your hair is doing tonight. I always want to do that back swept thing, but it never stays. Today might be a special day. I bought new hairspray because I was working on a garment recently and it was my first time using down. The feathers were all coming out of the fabric and it was the day of the show. I was in a crunch, so I bought crazy, extra-hold hairspray for it. But I got too many of them, so tonight I just put my hair back like this and sprayed it just a little bit, and it stayed! It doesn’t normally do this.

It also doesn’t look stiff! It’s just minor, feel it.

What are you working on these days? I’ve been focusing on just building this business that I have, and really thinking about specific sustainable garments. I’ve been producing things locally on a small scale, and trying to be really aware of how the production goes, whether it’s in my studio or if it’s made somewhere else. I’m also collaborating with an artist and scientist from the MIT Media Lab.

I love that you stayed in Boston with your whole crew. I know, I love my crew too.

Your crew is so good and the fact that you all stayed here to do your art instead of moving to NYC or LA is great. I love that we all stayed here too. I get that it’s not an easy city to stay in, but the reason that I love being in Boston is that I’m able to collaborate with scientists and innovators. For me, that’s the most exciting thing about fashion, the innovative materials. I actually have an issue sometimes because I get stunned, and like comatose, because it’s so hard to work with what we have now because nothing is sustainable. It’s really hard for me to get over that and make things, even if it isn’t what I want it to be. But there is something to look forward to in the future.

Well, I really think that your crew is reinvigorating Boston. We all really love Boston, so I’m feeling really positive. It’s time.