Byline: Nathalie Fine
LOS ANGELES — Marlborough School in Los Angeles’s Hancock Park is the oldest independent girls’ school in Southern California — but that doesn’t mean it’s stuffy.
During the week, the girls spice up their uniforms with stylish coats and cardigans and bags from Prada and Kate Spade. And at a recent weekend fund-raiser at the Wiltern Theater, some of the students took the opportunity to try on their best looks.
“I’ve been interested in fashion since practically birth because of my mother’s passion for it,” said Amanda Monshay, 18, all done up in a fitted striped dress.
“Wearing a school uniform during the week makes you more appreciative of real clothes,” said Sophia Buhai, 16, who was dressed in a long, sheer, ethnic-inspired skirt and necklaces.
The Marlborough style includes fitted knee-length skirts, spaghetti-strap tops and strappy and oriental platform sandals found at Fred Segal/Ron Herman and Product stores. And when it comes to one-of-a-kind attire, the girls still love vintage and thrift stores.
Seventeen-year-old Christina Gregory and several of her friends have even formed a school fashion group called Moda. They get together and discuss what is happening in fashion, past and present, and they hunt for vintage clothing at garage sales in Hollywood and Los Feliz.
“I love to buy unusual vintage pieces and alter them to fit my style,” said Gregory, a longtime fan of Audrey Hepburn.