The Professional: styling for a hitman’s apprentice

Natalie Portman was just 11 when she was cast in The Professional. Her Mathilda was gorgeous, troubled, moving, convincing… walking a line between necessary toughness and childlike vulnerability. She was also an epitome of ’90s cool with her cigarette and black ribbon choker and burning desire to become the apprentice of a trained hitman.

With long hair replacing Portman’s bob and more adultish clothing awesomely styled by Fleur d’ Hondt to include cut-off crop tops, fishnets and army gear, the heroine of Liselotte Fleur’s latest shoot – The Professional – could be Mathilda grown up. Make that Mathilda via Lara Croft.

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The Professional by Liselotte Fleur
The Professional by Liselotte Fleur
The Professional by Liselotte Fleur
The Professional by Liselotte Fleur
The Professional by Liselotte Fleur
The Professional by Liselotte Fleur
The Professional by Liselotte Fleur
The Professional by Liselotte Fleur
The Professional by Liselotte Fleur

Model Daphne plays it well, losing the vulnerability in favour of pure attitude, still with a girlish undertone shining through. Bold makeup – including the kind of strong brows you can’t miss – by Bjorn Kraakman completes the character transformation.

Check out Liselotte Fleur’s (liselottefleur.com) full shoot by clicking on the thumbnails.

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Some people's wardrobes are about a small selection of pieces that all fit within one aesthetic - Tania Braukamper isn't such a person. With a wardrobe that spans three different rooms, her approach to fashion is a mixture of current-season key pieces mixed with vintage finds she's sourced on innumerous shopping trips around the world's more cultured capitals. Despite a disparate approach to shopping, Tania is adamant that the key to mixing vintage with new season is to stick to key looks and colours that work for oneself. And it's a theory that she works into her writing for Fashionising.com, where she serves as the publication's Editor.