I’ve wanted to do this post for a long time, but I thought it best to save my favourite Style Spotlight star for the last one of the year.

Kate Lanphear is the Style Director at Elle US.

She’s a fashion icon because I don’t know anyone who can wear so much black yet never look boring. Maybe she should be dressing Angelina Jolie.

I always look out for her during fashion week and so do the style bloggers. They love her as much as their Queen Anna Dello Russo.

She’s always immaculately dress with kick ass accessories which pull everything together so well.

During Spring 2011 Fashion Week her shoe of choice was her Christian Louboutin Misfit suede and leather sandals which are available from Net-A-Porter US and Net-A-Porter International.

These black suede and leather gold rivet-embellished sandals instantly make a bold statement.

See what I mean about making black look interesting? I love the way she uses a blazer as a cape.

Kate doesn’t just wear black. She occasionally adds some white pieces to her look.

She’s been working the menswear trend long before the likes of Leighton Meester.

Kate works Helmut Lang and Margiela effortlessly with a hint of cool down-town New York grungy attitude.

Kate also mixes a lot of vintage pieces into her everyday look when she’s not opting for 6in Louboutin’s and Alaia dresses.

J Brand black jeans and either YSL Imperiale booties, Balenciaga boots and Giuseppe Zanotti complete edgy Kate’s looks.

Kate is apparently quite shy and doesn’t do many interviews. You can read one of her rare interviews over at The Cut.

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