In her hometown of Los Angeles, where women wear colors, Roxy Olin wore black.
In her adopted hometown of New York, where women wear black no matter the season, Olin wears more colors.
She isn’t necessarily contrarian; she’s just a bit of a fashion outsider. A participant in MTV’s The City, the offshoot of The Hills, Olin works for Kelly Cutrone, a publicist with her own reality show, Kell on Earth. If that’s not TV-incestuous enough, Olin, 24, may also be familiar as Michelle from Brothers & Sisters, on which her father and mother, Ken Olin and Patricia Wettig, appear as actors, her dad serves as director, and her brother Clifford is a writer.
In The City, Olin is immersed in the fashion world and has been changing her look.
“Since I have been on the show, you get lost between the girls,” she says. “Olivia has her style together. Being in New York defines who you are; everyone is so fashion-forward here, and to keep up, you have to define yourself, and I try to put a little more edge.”
She describes her look as “edgy street style; I wear a lot of vintage stuff.”
Olin enjoys walking around Manhattan and browsing in vintage shops. She shops at Screaming Mimi’s, Trash & Vaudeville and Opening Ceremony “because that’s the perfect place to mix your vintage.”
She also shops in larger stores, favoring Bergdorf Goodman, Intermix and Bloomingdales, and she raves about Topshop.
Olin wears a lot of dresses, saying, “I love, love, love Olivia’s collection for Nina Ricci. She also wears Phillip Lim, Stella McCartney, Michael Kors and Diane von Furstenberg dresses.
Olin’s learning the harsh reality of being a fashionista in the city – no closet space.
“You have no idea,” she says, letting out a groan. “I have a really small place. I don’t have very much closet space here. I don’t think I am a messy person, but I don’t know where to keep them all. I have them hanging up on the walls.”
Managing a wardrobe becomes even more problematic because Olin also adores footwear.
“I am having a little bit of a love affair right now with Giuseppe Zanotti,” she says. She’s also a fan of Barbara Bui and Nicholas Kirkwood shoes.
For her birthday, she splurged on Manolo Blahnik thigh-high boots. She also loves bags, with a favorite from Patricia Field.
Jewelry, though, is heartfelt. She wears pieces from Cathy Waterman.
“That’s my godmother, so talk about lucking out. I am spoiled, I know,” Olin says.
“It is what attracted me to fashion. The sketching and creativity of it, watching a sketch turn into a design – it’s so cool.”