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By the ’Gram: We Sent Three Top Instagrammers for Their Takes on NYC Designers

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PHOTOGRAPHER: Anka Itskovich

INSTAGRAM HANDLE: @the_line_up

DESIGNER: A Détacher

MODEL: Aziza

Every self-respecting fan of New York City street style knows Anka Itskovich’s @the_line_up, where she curates an eclectic page of New Yorkers and their individual styles. It’s more raw than the street-style compilations you’d find in Vogue or Elle, and also more likely to feature you as a passerby. Originally a stylist and fashion editor for places like Harper’s Bazaar and Marie Claire, Itskovich has based her project (launched in 2013) around the celebration of “self-expression, self-confidence, and diversity.”

With more than 100,000 followers, @the_line_up is helping return fashion to its individualistic roots. Itskovich isn’t going to tell you what to wear, but rather celebrate what you haphazardly threw on that morning before you stepped out onto the street — or, at least, tried really hard to make look haphazard.

“I am forever intrigued by self-esteem,” says Itskovich, who notes she kept that in mind while choosing her subject for this shoot. “Aziza has something very Audrey Hepburn–ish about her. There’s a sense of grace and a very strong sense of self, which I believe she projects onto the viewer, beyond her fantastic personal style.”

PHOTOGRAPHER, MODEL:

Carlotta Kohl

INSTAGRAM HANDLE: @carlottiica

DESIGNER: Zero + Maria Cornejo

A self-described “Brigitte Bardot in Contempt,” Carlotta Kohl’s dreamy life is well documented on Instagram. Her account, @carlottiica, offers a healthy mix of selfies, outfit shots, envy-inducing vacation shots, and squad pics. But Kohl, who is also a painter and sculptor, draws a firm line between her artwork and her social-media presence. “I don’t set out to make art on social media,” she says. “Of course, my tone will be in everything I do. I can’t help that.”

Inspired by Seventies adult film posters, centerfolds, and vintage typography, the Bridgehampton-bred artist and model enjoys being able to connect with 18,000 followers without the interference of an editor. “I think ‘selfies’ are a fun challenge,” she says of this photo. “There’s a fine line between narcissism and indulgence.”

PHOTOGRAPHER: Ruddy Roye

INSTAGRAM HANDLE: @ruddyroye

DESIGNER: Alasdair

MODEL: Nell Coleman

“We’re all the same.” That’s the concept that Jamaican-born photojournalist Ruddy Roye says he keeps in mind when photographing his diverse selection of subjects. To date, Roye has posted more than 4,200 photos to his Instagram account, @ruddyroye, drawing better than 250,000 followers to images of people whose styles aren’t typically brought to light. “Photography for me has always been a collaborative effort,” he says. “I’ve always photographed pieces of me in the eyes of people I see.” Instagram has given Roye a platform to reach a wider and more accessible audience — though he does note that often a photo of a dog will get more feedback than a portrait of a person living in poverty.

Before shooting this photo, Roye explains, he chose his model carefully. “I wanted to photograph someone who, by her own look, lived the struggle,” he says. “Most black models will tell you the struggle is hard, much less a black woman with a bald head.”

[This is part of the inaugural Village Voice fashion issue during New York Fashion Week — from an in-depth profile with Lola Kirke and the best vintage finds in NYC to this season’s hottest goods and more.

Check out the rest of the fashion issue here.]

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