I adore a woman who time travels through fashion. Whether she looks as if she has bedded Don Draper or works as a maid for Lady Mary , I love a good retro look. So it was only a matter of time before I would cross digital paths with 26-year-old Somerville resident Chelsea Quattrone (instagram.com/bootsachusetts) , this week’s Instagram style maven. Time to peer into the life of this soon-to-be-bride and member of the management team at Buffalo Exchange .
Q. You describe the contents of your closet as looking as if Lydia Deetz, from “Beetlejuice,” and Rizzo, from “Grease,” were roommates. Which makes me wonder: If the two were roommates, who would win a fight?
A. Well, as much as I love Lydia, I’d put my money on Rizzo for sure. Last time I checked, Lydia wasn’t part of coordinated outfit gang nor did she live by the philosophy that she should “get my kicks while I’m still young enough to get ’em!”
Q. Why did you trade your 1950s and ’60s wardrobe for the fashions of the ’80s and ’90s? Did you have a bad experience watching a “That Girl” marathon? Or were you won over by Natalie’s 1980s charms on “The Facts of Life”?
A. Thankfully, that particular change in style for me was more about attitude than early childhood TV trauma. My mother, who also loves vintage, once said, “Just because I may dress like a 1950s housewife doesn’t mean you get to treat me like one.” That really struck a chord with me. I think that it was at that point that I decided that I wanted to show the world that I was more Grace Jones than Grace Kelly.
Q. What inspired your hair color? Or is it, ahem, natural?
A. Shockingly, my hair isn’t naturally this vivaciously red. When I was younger, I used to dye my hair constantly, and am fairly certain it’s been every color that Manic Panic makes, but my favorite was always “Pillarbox Red.” Now that I’ve refined my tastes a bit, I still favor a bold red but don’t necessarily need it to glow under a black light.
Q. What’s the most bizarre item anyone has brought in to Buffalo Exchange to sell or trade?
A. I’m going to give you my favorite instead. A very sweet older gentleman came in to sell some of his late mother’s possessions and had with him some of the most fantastic pieces I had seen in a very long time. One in particular, which hangs in my jewelry collection, was a signature Razza goat necklace, the facial expression of which is mildly unsettling.
Q. Your upcoming wedding sounds pretty incredible. You describe it as performance art. Why is that?
A. It’s important for me to focus on all of the fabulous memories I’ll be creating and how much fun it’ll be to look back in years to come at pictures of what I thought was oh-so-chic at the time and wonder what I could have ever seen in that outfit. Hence, wedding as performance art.
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