5 Minutes With: The Coveteur’s Stephanie Mark and Erin Kleinberg

Stephanie Mark and Erin Kleinberg

They almost need no introduction: these wardrobe whisperers have travelled the globe styling and documenting the world’s most famous closets — from designer Rachel Roy to Vogue‘s beauty director Sarah Brown to rapper Drake.  Stylist Stephanie Mark and designer Erin Kleinberg, the Canadian-based, internationally renowned fashion brains behind The Coveteur, a now household name (especially to those in the house of style). During SS14 Mercedes-Benz fashion week in New York, the duo (and their renegade photographer Jake Rosenberg) are capturing the city’s most stylish and beautiful.

As much as they know fashion, these experts are closet beauty junkies. Yes, you read that right. We ask the girls about their inspirations for the seasons to come, some of their first beauty memories, the products they won’t live without, secrets to success and what keeps them inspired.

Stylesight: Music, fabrics, art, icons: which of these are inspiring you for the S/S 14 season?
Stephanie Mark: “Music: David Bowie. Especially since his costume exhibit is coming to the Art Gallery of Ontario! Fabrics: Velvet. Totally ’90s and it feels so good. Art: James Turrell Retrospective at LACMA. His use of light is so inspiring. Icons: Any of the ladies from The Craft. What can I say? All ’90s, all the time, please!”

Erin Kleinberg“Music: Jay-Z. Art: Nan Goldin, Cindy ShermanDeborah TurbevilleDan Flavin. Icon: Iris ApfelJenna Lyons and Hugh Hefner. Forever!”

Stephanie Mark

SS: Your motto that has set you on a path to success?
SM: “Work hard and be nice to people.”
EK: “Can I say YOLO? It’s the motto… yeah, we have a slight thing for Drake at our HQ.”

SS: What is the secret to succeeding in the beauty business? Is there one?
SM: “Make things approachable. The beauty industry can be incredibly intimidating and making it seem more welcoming makes all the difference.”
EK: “Beauty, for me, is about anything that’s aspirational without being exclusionary.”

SS: Good luck charm (item, person or pet)?
SM: “I’m generally pretty superstitious—I’m the kind of person who always, without fail, will stop to pick up a lucky penny.”
EK: “My fiance? He thinks I look beautiful sans makeup!” 

SS: Best beauty idea you’ve ever had? Explain.
SM: “Putting the teensiest dab of Vaseline on my eyelids, either solo or over some smudgy dark shadow. It kind of really helps you nail the downtown grunge look. There’s that ’90s thing again!”
EK: Using Bounce sheets to get my static-y long hair to a place where I can actually leave the house in the morning. Works like a charm. I also use NARS Orgasm as an eyeshadow.”

Erin Kleinberg

SS: What is one thing that helps give you an inspirational pick-me-up?
SM: “Honestly? Just looking around and seeing all the amazing things I get to do everyday and all of the great people I get to work with. Taking a moment to be grateful for those things can really add perspective. Now where’s my OWN special?”
EK: “Beauty wise? A clean eye, and a bold, bright, semi-matte lip. That’s my go-to when I feel like I need a pick-me-up and a clean slate.”

SS: First experience with beauty? Tell us about a moment or memory.
SM: “I remember getting my eyebrows waxed. I now thread, but the biggest beauty lesson my mom passed on was not to pluck. Ever. It leads to overplucking. Spoiler alert: she was right.”
EK: “I had this bubble gum pink, FisherPrice vanity set. And the matching mirror and brush. I thought I was Zsa Zsa Gabor.”

SS: Beauty product (skincare or makeup) you’d never live or leave the house without?
SM: “Four words: Laura. Mercier. Tinted. Moisturizer.”
EK: “NARS Laguna Bronzer and a few coats of L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara. It beats any fancy department-store mascara, any day.”

SS: Name the beauty campaign or editorial spread (old or new) that’s inspired you the most.
SM: “Daria in every single Céline campaign, ever. Phoebe Philo just seems to always know exactly what I want to wear, right down to lip and nail polish shades.”
EK: “Anything by Miles Aldridge. Oh, and the beauty supplements that come with issues of Vogue Italia. They always have the most incredible surrealist spreads.”

— Glynnis Mapp, Stylesight Beauty Editor 

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