Tala and the Tastemakers: An Interview with DJ Chelsea Leyland

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Chelsea Leyland credit Guy Aroch
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Sought-after skills, stylish looks, and a great head for business have helped put DJ Chelsea Leyland on the map.

However, if you don’t get out much, you may not yet have heard of international sensation Chelsea Leyland. Luckily, Tala Samman is here introduce you to this New York/London ‘It’ girl. In the conversation above, Tala and Chelsea discuss brands, boys, and boutiques. Click through our gallery to read this extra-dishy session of Tala and the Tastemakers.

Chelsea Leyland credit Guy Aroch
Photographed by Guy Aroch

What are your favorite boutiques?
I love Le Grand Strip and Screaming Mimi’s, both vintage stores in New York, and Cat Bird in Brooklyn. I also like all the little boutiques along Portobello Road in London.
 
How would you describe your style?
I don’t really have one style; it changes depending on my mood. One day it’s grungy and the next it’s super girly and you’ll catch me in vintage floral dresses. I also love to dress like a lady and wear chic clothes in the evening when DJing. I like to pair vintage pieces with high-end designers, and I normally stick to high-end when I’m out at night.

What influences your style?
My mood, movies, music, and friends.

Who are your favorite designers?
Charlotte Olympia, Dominic Jones, Olympia Le-Tan, Anndra Neen, Suno, Karen Walker, Moschino Cheap and Chic, and Chanel.

What will you be wearing this summer?
Olympia Le-Tan clutches, lots of vintage Victorian lace dresses, and Joy Cioci.

How do you stay healthy?
I take B12 and Omega supplements every day. I also swear by a green juice; it’s the best way to get all your nutrients.

What shows have you been watching on TV?
The Killing, Homeland, Dexter, and Downtown Abbey.

What are your favorite travel destinations?
Berlin, Mexico, Nicaragua, and the South of France.

Who’s your facialist?
Isabelle Bellis in New York.

What’s your fitness routine?
A run every so often. I’m pretty bad when it comes to working out. I swear by walking as much as possible.

What are the beauty products that you can’t live without?
REN’s cleanser is the best, and I also love Nude’s probiotic toner. I always remove my eye makeup with raw coconut oil.

What songs are on your playlist right now?
It depends on the day but, right now, I’m listening to Grimes, LOL Boys, Cashmere Cat, Natalia Kills, Angel Haze, and Azealia Banks.

What are your travel essentials?
I always carry Lucas Pawpaw Ointment and liquid B12. I pack about 25 pairs of underwear incase I get stuck or decide to stay longer.
 
What’s your cooking specialty?
It’s definitely English-style roast chicken and quinoa and kale salads.

What’s your morning coffee order?
I never drink coffee and always have green tea.

What are you favorite apps?
Shazam, Halo, Immaculate Infatuation, and Instagram, of course.

What is your idea of a perfect night?
A night out in Berlin at Berghain or dinner with my boyfriend and friends in Brooklyn.

What are three things we may not know about you?
I’m a total clean freak, I’m an insomniac, and I’m obsessed with my cat.

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