Six box-office workers from indie film houses dish on style.
Sara Ferrari, 25, Cinema Spazio Oberdan Cineteca Italiana, Milan
At-work uniform: Ferrari creates her look by mixing classic vintage pieces such as a black satin skirt purchased at hot vintage store Dock’s Dora with neutral blouses and turtlenecks and a pair of motorcycle boots. Nolita’s blue jeans are also favorites for their fit, especially when paired with a sporty H&M sweater or with a colorful dress and high-heeled stilettos.
Inspiration: “Everything can be inspirational. Films, music videos, magazines, even the family album can be a great source. It’s funny how so many popular trends are merely a copy of the past years.” —Chiara Hughes
Amanda Beirne, 27, The Landmark Regent, Westwood, Calif.
At-work uniform: “I wear Dickies or a skinny black jean with a lovely black-with-blue accent bowling shirt and black-and-white saddle Doc Martens,” she says, though it should be noted the top is required attire.
Inspiration: “New York: fun, eclectic and dark.” Her favorite Hollywood style icon is Chloë Sevigny, and she also notes that Band of Outsiders is her favorite fashion film. Beirne, who has a BFA in film from the School of Visual of Arts in New York, says, “I’d like to write films someday, but I wouldn’t say it’s a way to break into it. It’s a way to keep yourself interested and excited, to see films all the time and to be in touch with the audience that you want to reach someday.” —Ana La O’
Isabel Trindade, 39, Espaço Uni banco de Cinema, Rio de Janeiro
At-work uniform: Isabel likes to wear snug jeans with low-cut, sleeveless tops “because they’re sexy.” At work, her flower-print tops echo those of the speed-demon cabbie played by Queen Latifah in Taxi (2004), and at play, her black tops skew toward those of Latifah’s go-for-it, terminally ill character in Last Holiday (2006). “I dress like the characters Queen Latifah plays because I look a bit like them and have their vivacious spirit,” says Trindade, who works full time and hopes to become a secretary.
Inspiration: Her favorite recent film is The 40 Year Old Virgin, because “I’m a sucker for odd-couple, romantic comedies.” —Mike Kepp
Lorena Arancibia, 26, Palace Verona, Oxford Street, Paddington, Sydney, Australia
At-work uniform: “Anything black.” Currently wearing tight, black, worn Levi’s, green strappy sandals and a pink Marie Antoinette T-shirt.
Inspiration: Her favorite movie is Raising Victor Vargas (2002), and she names Jean-Luc Godard’s A bout de souffle (Breathless) (1960) as her favorite fashion movie “because it’s stylish—I don’t really like fashion films.” —Patty Huntington
Anna Skrollan, 22, Kulturbrauerei Kino, Berlin
At-work uniform: Skrollan likes to wear understated, elegant pieces enlivened by a colorful piece of jewelry or a playful accessory, such as a brooch or scarf. She also enjoys experimenting with makeup and might combine a black outfit with bright red lipstick. Her favorite designers include Marc Jacobs, Dries van Noten and Armani, but she also loves supporting local Berlin labels or friends who are designers.
Inspiration: “I’m inspired by film and go at least twice a week to the cinema. That’s why I decided to work here: I can get in free so it helps me save a lot of money!” —Damien McGuinness
Noemie Sauve, 26, Studio 28 (one of the oldest movie theaters in Paris, founded in 1928).
At-work uniform: Jeans.
Inspiration: Her favorite films include the Indian musical Hum Aapke Hain Koun and “midnight movies from the Seventies.” Her main reason for working at Studio 28? “Getting to see so many movies. Oh, and the gin and tonics.” —Katya Foreman