Headpiece & Beaded Sweatshirt – Sheena Trivedi // Leather Shorts – Berenik


Chelsea Leyland
Photographer: Jonathan Bookallil / @jbookallil
Stylist: Wendy McNett
Hair & Makeup: Tiffany Patton

(Interview follows photo series)

Headpiece & Beaded Sweatshirt – Sheena Trivedi

Leather Dress – Leka // Fur Vest – Brandon Sun // Shoes – Nicholas Kirkwood

Leather Dress – Leka // Fur Vest – Brandon Sun

Sweater and Mini Skirt – Franziska Fox

Leather Dress – Leka // Leather Jacket – Abigail Stewart

Dress – Black’d // Necklace – Slight Jewelry


New York–and the world–knows Chelsea Leyland as a DJ, producer, fashion tastemaker, and model. She’s made music magic for Naeem Khan, Prabal Gurung, Diane Von Furstenburg, Christian Louboutin, and Vogue, to name just a few, and she’s been photographed for Vogue.com, Nylon, W, Teen Vogue, and more. Hailing from London and based in Brooklyn, Chelsea’s also worked Berlin, LA, Milan, Paris, Sao Paulo, and Tel Aviv, among other locales across the globe. She recently landed a new show on Apple’s Beats1 radio.

But who, really, is Chelsea Leyland?

In the first in his new series of podcasts, Jonathan Bookallil, who shot Chelsea in New York for Imagista, sought to find out.

Here’s what we learned from their chat:

Chelsea prefers the London fashion scene. It’s always a welcome break–she says the fashion parties have a better energy there. People laugh and dance and don’t take themselves so seriously.

During Fashion Week in New York, Chelsea works up to 3 gigs a night and mixes for runway shows by day, and these mixes are what she considers the most challenging aspect of her job: a few minutes of perfect, pre-recorded music to soundtrack a runway show requires more thought, work, ego-balance and meetings than a whole evening spent entertaining crowds.

She doesn’t consider herself a die-hard fashion girl, and finds Fashion Week hard to enjoy. “It’s a stressful time for everyone,” she says. “it’s not a week that brings out the kindest side in people.”

She considers her new show on Apple Beats1 her “first corporate gig.” Though she’s hosting rather than programming the music of the show, she’s constantly championing new artists, introducing them to Apple and trying to bring them to radio.

Chelsea never intended to be a DJ and came to New York at 19 to study acting at Lee Strasberg. It’s still her dream to act, and still what she feels she was put on earth to do. But one night, a friend asked her to DJ his July 4th party and since she didn’t know how, she cross-faded between two iPods. “I still think I’m a terrible DJ,” she admits.

Listen in to hear about her favorite gig she’s ever done, her start on the New York scene, what she does with her summers and what she loves about festivals.