How can you not love Karrueche Tran? Her playful energy vibrating through social media along with her chic style is why she has garnered over 9 million followers and counting. The actor and socialite has managed to stay low key while still being able to snag acting roles in shows like Claws and her new Fox series Deputy.
Tran’s acting career is thriving, and the star is enjoying the fruits of her labor. Now splitting her time between her hometown Los Angeles and New York for filming, she has picked up Scot Louie as a stylist for her Big Apple runs. Louie, who works with Ryan Destiny and Kehlani, has pushed Tran to expand her wardrobe palette when she is on the East Coast where as her longtime style partner, Alexus Shefts, caters to the actress’ West Coast needs.
ESSENCE got a chance to chat with the actress about some of her favorite spring styles and working with the wardrobe department to craft an amazing look for hew new onscreen role.
ESSENCE: Fashion month just took place. What were some of your favorite runway trends?
Karrueche Tran: I would say a lot of leather and bold colors. I love color blocking that flows together. I’m from LA where I feel like our fashion is a little bit more chill and laid back because we have such great weather. Whereas New York, today I have on a sweater, but with a trench, so I’m layered up. That’s what I love about being out here because it inspires me to dress better and do my hair up; just have a little bit more fun.
What are some fun pieces you are looking forward to wearing this summer?
I’m going to stick with the bold colors, but brighter. [I’ll wear] a lot of mustard yellow, maybe some pastel colors, even leather. I feel like leather is year round. It’s sexy and it’s chic.
Do you have any favorite stylists that you like to work with?
I work with Alexus Shefts. For a lot of street wear stuff, Coachella, or if I have a trip to Miami, I’ll always hit her up. I think she has great, edgy style, but that is more LA. Scott Louie, we just recently started working together, but he pulls a lot of amazing pieces and different things that I normally wouldn’t wear. But once the outfit is on and everything is in place, it’s like, “Oh OK, I really like this.”
For your new role in Deputy, do you have a say so in how the character dresses?
They have a wardrobe stylist on set. But when I got to Deputy, I wanted to make sure that I was true to my character, even being separate from Karrueche. [My character] Genevieve is a fun, quirky girl. She wears more dark colors than anything. We had some fittings where they had some pieces of lace, and I was like, ‘No, no, no, no, no. That’s too cute, too pretty. She’s a little bit more grungy.’ I try to work with the wardrobe department, as well, just so they know from an actor’s perspective.
Check out Tran’s latest fashion slays before watching her on Deputy, which airs Thursday nights at 9 p.m. ET on Fox.