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Following a long career as senior fashion editor and then style director at American Elle magazine, Kate Lanphear was named style editor at T: The New York Times Style Magazine in 2013. Her signature look is a clean, casual but edgy ensemble of skinny jeans, sweatshirts, plaid and leather motorcycle jackets, earning her a cult following for her style, which has been regarded by Eddie Borgo as the “epitome of modern-day punk.”
Born in the American South, Lanphear harbored an early interest in fashion and styling through magazines, which she started to collect as a young age. After earning a degree in journalism, she moved to London, where she held roles with bold new publications including The Face and i-D.
From there, Lanphear relocated to Sydney and eventually landed at Australian Vogue and then Harper’s Bazaar Australia, where she became a jack-of-all-trades at publications. Lanphear would return to the U.S., at American Harper’s Bazaar before going on to become senior fashion editor at American Elle magazine, which under her direction introduced a moodier, edgier aesthetic.
Lanphear works and lives in New York City.