A SNL Star Brings Back an It-Girl Classic


Saturday Night Live actress Heidi Gardner is known for her looks on the screen, playing outré characters such as “Famous ’80s cocaine wife Carla,” who comes outfitted in an archival Halston dress and teased-up hair. But her off-screen style deserves a second look as well. Yesterday in New York City, the actress opted for a vintage faux leopard coat that she had bought from Le Grand Strip. It’s a classic downtown cool-girl look, not unlike the tried-and-true signatures of Kate Moss and Gwyneth Paltrow. Yet Gardner’s interpretation was a bit more extreme, even kitschy. She wore it over a light blue floral print Dauphinette dress and a pair of bubblegum pink boots by Brother Vellies. For a flash of contrast, accessorized with a hot pink Dooney & Bourke bag.

Gardner has been an avid fan of smaller labels and unlikely pieces. She’s a longtime vintage shopper and supporter of downtown designers like Susan Alexandra. She’s also been able to pull off a difficult pair of platform Crocs. Gardner also marks a bit of a new generation of SNL cast members who are style-conscious. Her colleague Ego Nwodim was photographed for Batsheva Hay’s fall 2021 lookbook, whose designs have also been worn by Gardner and fellow cast member Aidy Bryant. Bryant also favors the buzzy label WRAY, known for bright, size-inclusive clothing. There is also, of course, Pete Davidson who has been known for his love for low-key label Online Ceramics and the cult-beloved Elara hat. Funny just got a bit more chic.

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