Style on the Street: KOOKIE BUNSS

It’s a lesson for press personas everywhere – always be prepared. A split second later, and this T-dot fashion gem of a moment would’ve been completely beyond my grasp. (Thank goodness for smartphones!)

So what have we got here:

  • A shock of bright red hair swooshed up in a poofed half-up do and held in place by a silver-sequined headband.
  • A black faux fur scarf (in 30+ degree weather no less) draped over wire-frame shoulders.
  • A cropped white t-shirt resting beneath a high-waisted glossy raincoat skirt adorned with a broad leather belt.
  • Black lace elbow-high arm bands that disappear into tech-wear black and grey fitness gloves.
  • Footwear – I’ll get back to those.

Instantly I am awed, intrigued, amused and confused as I try to process whether or not this particular breed of urban specimen rocks or wrecks this look. One thing’s for sure, this chick’s got balls.

I had to incite an introduction.

“Bunss, dahhhhling, Kookie Bunss,” was her heavy-accented reply. She regally stretched out her hand as if indicating I was to kiss it; I did not. (You can’t make this stuff up.)

After several unsuccessful attempts at pronouncing “the silent ‘S’” in her last name (I know, right?), this self-proclaimed Fitness-Fashion Diva was gracious (or perhaps conceited) enough to let me take a few more shots of her before inviting me to tag along her quick trip through the city.

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After glad-handing a few fans (a.k.a. complete strangers, confused and intrigued as I was, that later denied knowing who she was at all), we found ourselves in the studio of her Personal Designer/Wardrobe Stylist. (Hmmm, who would be brave, bold, crazy enough I wonder?)

After a fantastic and humorously disturbing confab, it was time for me and Kookie to part ways, but not before I asked for one last head-to-toe picture. Still curious about the shoes? I am not at liberty to disclose such information. According to Ms. Bunss, “Not today dahling. You need to leave ze peepol vanting more; more fitness, more fun, more Kookie. Besides, Kookie’s money is in ze eyes. It’s all about ze eyes.”

Indeed it is Kookie; indeed it is.

Stay tuned for my exclusive exposé with Kookie Bunss as we discuss style, substance, the identity of her Personal Designer/Wardrobe Stylist, and launching her new webisodes! (Yeah, we’re tight like that now.)