Gaux Girl - Caitlin BurkeAugust 10, 2016
The Gaux Girl - A series on the brilliant women we're privileged to count as friends
For Caitlin Burke, mastering the art of style is all a part of the job. As Moda Operandi’s esteemed fashion editor, Caitlin’s talent for crafting dynamic and swoon-worthy fashion stories translates beyond the pixels of a screen. A style maven in her own right, Caitlin attributes her refined yet eclectic personal style to her profession. Who better than a stylist to dream up a look that is both fashionable and functional, right? So, whether she is on-location abroad or perusing the streets of New York for creative inspiration, our featured Gaux Girl embodies the essence of what it means to be a girl who is truly on the go.
With a nod to our recent launch of The Demi collection, we asked Caitlin to meet us for a quick coffee at Dimes (which happens to be one of her favorite off-duty spots!). There, she shared more about what she hopes to accomplish in the quiet moments outside of the office - though we can’t say it strays too far outside of her love of fashion. The short answer? Art galleries. “I follow pretty much every gallery in the city on Instagram so I can know what exhibits are coming and going,” Caitlin told us when we asked about her Saturday plans, “I try to pop in as often as I can. Even if it's a quick visit at lunch or before I meet a friend for drinks, there is so much free art to see in the city, it'd be a shame not to take advantage. Nothing inspires me more than discovering a new artist or exhibit.”
From fashion to art to her upcoming off-duty jaunt, read on for our full interview with Caitlin (featuring her take on The Demi flat in black), and find out what makes this girl on the go a true inspiration.
“I love the casual, cute vibe of Dimes. They let you linger as long as you like, which is perfect for escaping to get your work done. Plus it's totally 'grammable.”
Meet our Gaux Girl:
Hi! My name is Caitlin Burke and I'm a fashion stylist and creative consultant living and working in NYC. I am also the Fashion Editor at Moda Operandi.
A stylist’s work is never finished. What keeps you inspired in your profession? How have you mastered the art of the casual yet cool uniform for your busiest days?
I love visiting galleries and museums to learn and get inspired. Movies are also a big source of inspiration, along with Instagram and deep internet dives. My busiest days are usually spent shooting and being very mobile, so comfort is key. Pants are a must (lots of bending down!), which I usually keep pretty simple and pair with interesting shoes (flats, always) and quirky jewelry.
Color is a staple here at MARGAUX and we love your perfectly curated and colorful Instagram feed! How do you approach color when it comes to your work at Moda Operandi, your style, and your content curation?
For my personal style, I stick to a very minimal color palette (black, white, navy, gray and dark green, with some occasional maroon). When it comes to my work and sense of curation, however, I'm drawn to a much wider palette. My work is influenced heavily by colors I grew up with, along with whatever art I'm into at the time, a period I might be researching or a trip I'm on, etc. Whereas my personal style is much more consistent and grounded.
From the office to the galleries, what steps are you taking to cultivate more of a balance between work and play?
I think I do a good job of keeping a balance, because as cliche as it might sound, I really do enjoy what I do, so a lot of play finds its way into my work and vice-versa. I might be enjoying a movie with my boyfriend and get super inspired by the time period or costumes in the film and fall down a rabbit hole of researching online for a future shoot. On the other hand, we might get some crazy cool collection in at work and all start playing dress up and taking funny pictures of each other. So I think doing what you love but remembering to have fun with it is the best way to maintain balance.
As a stylist how have you learned to incorporate the ballet flat in your wardrobe and what about The Demi inspires your off-duty style?
As I mentioned earlier, flats are a must while shooting, and Margaux ballet slippers are chic, simple and SO comfortable. The classic silhouette of The Demi suits my minimalist style perfectly.
What are your gaux-to’s while off-duty?
I don't get to see my friends and family nearly as much as I'd like to, so making time for them while off-duty makes me feel recharged and happy. I also always need a creative side project to keep me fulfilled, so right now it's photography and large-scale mop paintings. When I just feel like zoning out I watch all the Bravo I can consume (there's literally nothing on that channel I won't watch).
What does being "a girl on the go” mean to you and where do you hope you’re going next?
A girl on the go means always being in motion, whether it be physically moving and getting things done, or mentally planning and dreaming things up. Right now I'm working on planning a road trip with friends that was supposed to be purely for pleasure, but of course, as I said before, work always finds a way in and it looks like we'll be doing a few shoots while we're out there as well, but I'm actually really excited about them!
Gaux and… be yourself! There's only one of you, and that's what makes you interesting.
Caitlin wears our Demi-Ballerina in Black. Shop her look here.
Photos by Bridget Badore for Margaux