Lady Alice St. Clair-Erskine may not be a household name yet, but on the streets of New York City, the 22 year old English rose serves as muse for the hobo-chic lifestyle. Sure Alice's short haircut, dough eyes, and thin frame are reminiscent of 60's supermodel Twiggy, but don't let her boyish good looks fool you. Alice's understated elegance coupled with her royal lineage make her a force to be reckoned with.
For photographer Jake Davis, Alice is something "straight out of a French New Wave film," but she's actually British Aristocracy. The elder daughter of the seventh Earl of Rosslyn is an actress who divides her time between New York City and London.
We don't doubt that Alice is the perfect example of a lady who sits up straight; can distinguish between a salad and a carving fork during dinner time; even one who makes our best dressed list! But one of the reasons why Alice's style is so iconic is because her royal title is not immediately apparent. What is apparent is an edgy penchant for Dr. Martens and cigarettes.
Alice may be from across the pond, but that does not make her any less of a New Yorker, especially when she so effortlessly absorbs the city's predominantly black dress code. Her dark pixie cut may just be the perfect black accessory for her dangerous and androgynous look.
Alice, a kind of Femme Nikita in her own right, knows how to play nice, too. Some might consider a belted, lace tunic and matching pink lipstick a bit of a departure from edgy. But paired with that boyish and slightly disheveled haircut, Alice's look functions as a dare to break free from any rigid standards of beauty... Ironic considering that as a member of British nobility, she is supposed to represent old-world tradition.
Instead, Lady Alice's fashion choices are reminiscent of a trip down a rabbit hole where things aren't what they seem; where even the most bizarre, tutued, mime-inspired get ups can make sense.
[Photos via Lady Alice St. Clair-Erskine's Facebook page]