It was snowing the day we shot Dream State, which seemed simultaneously fitting and ironic. Ever the consummate professional, Colleen braved the blizzard and arrived at the Brooklyn photo studio smiling and ready to get to work. We've been friends since college, so she patiently tried on everything I suggested and humored me, even when I asked her to do the unthinkable -- wear pants (she did draw the line at forehead headbands, though). She was even nice enough to answer a few fun questions. Read on for the lowdown Colleen's favorite designers, secret shopping spots, and her hairy best friend.
Mental Age: 16 or 75
Currently Living: In Brooklyn, N.Y.
Day Job: Fashion Studies grad student at Parsons The New School for Design, creative instigator.
Dream Job: A feminist creative consulting agency that uses strategy, astrology, sustainability and intuitive development to help companies and individuals move beyond pointless selling and do something magical and meaningful.
Dream Home: Puget Sound in the summer; Paros, Greece in the winter.
Favorite Outfit: Anything that makes me look like a piece of confetti cake. And this size 15 black polyester dress I bought at a charity shop in Florida.
Favorite Designers: Slow and Steady Wins the Race, Romance Was Born, Luxury Jones and Rei Kawakubo (Commes des Garcons).
Best Places to Shop: I mostly thrift shop. Vice Versa in Bushwick has some great stuff that's not overpriced. Beautiful Dreamers in Williamsburg has such a good vibe, even though it's out of my price range. The shops at 811 E. Burnside in Portland.
Daily Ritual: Hit snooze on my alarm about a bajillion times, make coffee (my sweetie gifted me a bag of Heart coffee from Portland every month for 6 months - the best!), write in my journal, cuddle with my poodle friend then get on with my day.
Favorite Animal: Poodle.
Favorite Part of Dream State Photo Shoot: Getting to wear things outside of my style comfort zone and really falling in love with a few things.
Worst Habit: Every excuse not to work out.
Best Habit: Does therapy count?
Shoes or No Shoes? Shoes! Mostly ones I can't afford.