We met Lanie Yorgen in 2015 when she was one of our fabulous summer interns. Her sassy personal style was evident right off the bat, and has only continued to evolve since. We recently, caught up with Yorgen while she’s slogging through a graduate program in Communication Studies program at Ball State, as well teaching sections of the public speaking course.
Name: Lane Yorgen
Residence: Muncie, Indiana
Occupation: Communication Studies Graduate Student and Undergraduate Public Speaking Instructor at Ball State University
Where did you grow up?
What is your earliest memory of a noticeable interest in fashion?
I remember getting my first karaoke machine and singing Shania Twain greatest hits, while changing my outfit with every song. I would usually take photos of my mini concert series with a disposable camera.
Who or what influences your style?
Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw. Her effortless, yet trendy and theatrical looks influence me more than I would like to admit. She just wears what she wants and it works, and If it doesn’t work you can just say it’s “very Carrie!”
What are your favorite Instagram accounts to follow?
Jen Gotch, @jen_gotch. She’s funny, honest and a little kooky.
Katie Merchant, @thankyou_ok. She makes mundane objects look beautiful.
Ben Cobb, @bengcobb. Oftentimes he posts retro menswear fashion. I think it’s just as important to keep up with men’s fashion as it is women’s.
María Bernad, @maria_bernad. Constant outfit envy. I always send her style posts to my gals saying something like, “Ughhhhhhhhhh.”
Describe your personal style in four words or one phrase.
Probably a little too extra for a college campus.
What’s your go-to item in your closet?
A plain black turtleneck or my pointed-toe black boots.
Who are your favorite designers, and what do you like about their designs?
Versace. I love that Donatella designed the Spring 2018 line with her brother Gianni in mind. I love the statement belts, girly glam business looks, and throwback prints to Versace’s earlier designs and prints.
Paco Rabanne. Disco. Fringe. Sheer. I’m sold.
Coach. I used to think Coach was a bit boring, but their spring 2018 ready-to-wear line was exactly what my wannabe-cowgirl/western dreams are made of. Their creative director, Stuart Vevers has really transformed Coach into something memorable.
Did you ever consider leaving the Indy area? If so, what made you stay?
Well, I moved to Muncie to attend Ball State and now I am attending graduate school here as well. I’ve lived here five years, and while Muncie might not be considered the most fashionable city, I love being able to flaunt some outfits that may not typically be seen here.
What trends are you noticing for spring fashion?
So much fringe!
What’s next for you? What short and long term goals are on your list?
My current goal is to graduate in May of 2019 while seizing the opportunity to dress as “trendy teacher” for my students and myself, of course. In the distant future I see a few things for myself. I would love to complete a few research studies regarding how what we wear influences and affects our interactions. Also, as much as I love what I have experienced and the people I have met in Indianapolis, I hope to move someplace with new things to offer. My time here has been nothing short of fabulous, but I have some self-discovery to do!
Fashion is fun and expressive. I think fashion speaks volumes about who we are and what we’re interested in.
Worst fashion trend.
Lucite/transparent boots. Sweaty feet that everyone can see is really not my jam.
Best fashion trend.
Dramatic sunglasses. They’re fun, they’re ridiculous, you can take them off if you aren’t feeling sassy anymore.
Last but certainly not least, name your favorite fashion icon.
WWSKW? What would Solange Knowles wear?