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Style Tribes Vol. 1: The Gallery Girls of Chelsea

View Slideshow Christine Messineo of the Bortolami Gallery.

Walk down the relatively quiet streets of Manhattan’s West Chelsea, duck your head into any gallery, and you'd be hard-pressed not to notice the many chic and interesting women working in such a small stretch of real estate. Seeing them behind their imposing front desks or gliding gracefully from room to room with collectors, you could be forgiven for sometimes enjoying these “gallerinas,” more than the art on display. For this installment of Style Tribes — a new feature that examines sartorial leanings of people who share a common anthropological thread — we commissioned photographer Poppy De Villeneuve to document a typical workday's outfit at a few of the well-known galleries.

In contrast to what you might expect from such a creative atmosphere, neutrals ruled the day. But what might look like a simple black-and-white outfit almost always revealed a clever mix of vintage and new, unique fabrics, and subtle twists on tailoring or texture. H&M mingled with Balenciaga, Salvation Army, and Alexander Wang. We couldn’t help but note the universal technique of throwing on a statement shoe or adding some vintage jewelry to personalize a look. And many of the women confessed to having several pairs of shoes hidden in their desks — at the ready for openings or after-work events. Beauty-wise, hair was either long and flowing, or cropped close in an somewhat sculptural shape. Bright shades on lips and nails — raspberries, geraniums, poppies — served to break up the otherwise subdued color palette. Click through the slideshow for a study in art-world style.

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Photo: Poppy De Villeneuve

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