Stylist and brand consultant Elisa Nalin has emerged as a street style favorite over the past three seasons, frequently snapped with her cropped blonde hair and color-blocked outfits. Born and raised in Verona, Italy, as the daughter of an architect mother and judge father, Nalin insists she’s always been dressing this way. “I’ve always been obsessed with colors, clothes, and things that were pretty,” she says. “So I remember my outfits from [when I was] 4 years old.” After attending the Istituto Europeo di Design in Milan, she began her career designing at Costume National, until Samsonite offered her a position overseeing their footwear line. After three years of designing shoes, she wanted a change, so she moved to Paris and began styling. With editorial spreads in Italian Glamour, French Glamour, and Russian Harper’s Bazaar along with consulting gigs for Benneton, Sessun, La Perla, and others, Nalin further splits her time by also designing for the French brand Ventilo. Oh, and being a mom to a 3-year-old son.
That last part is the reason you’ll never spot her at a New York show. “New York? International? No, he won’t recognize me anymore,” she explains with mock horror. Having a baby boy also meant moving from an apartment that was more accommodating to her massive clothing collection to a house that the stylist describes as nearly “exploding” from all of her finds. Citing Dries Van Noten, Marni, and Lanvin as her go-to labels, she buys with an emphasis on color and pattern, eschewing anything that’s all black or too minimalist. Click ahead for a breakdown of her best outfits from the past fashion month, along with how to recreate her signature look, even if you’re on a budget.