What pieces and/or designers in your closet do you find yourself wearing again and again?
I’m looking to really edit down my closet this season, so the brands I’ve had on repeat as of late, include:
Timo Weiland, Nanette Lepore, Lovers + Friends and Skin Worldwide for apparel.
Rebecca Minkoff and Henri Bendel for accessories.
Nike + Vans, 80%20 and Coye Nokes for shoes.
And a lot of layered vintage jewelry.
Favorite dining spots?
Cafe Orlin, Lafayette, Jack’s Wife Freda, Le Pain Quotidien, The Park, and Sarabeth’s Fanelli Cafe.
Where in the world do you travel to for peace of mind?
I’m gearing up for a week-long vacation in New Mexico. It’s a true desert oasis. I’m visiting my grandmother who is an oil painter and has an acre of property, fully equipped with gorgeous scenery and a barn which she converted into her art studio. I won’t be able to fully unplug, but it won’t matter... People need to see the beauty of the Land of Enchantment and I fully intend to document my adventures along the way!
What’s currently on your nightstand?
I’ve been in a funk lately which is such a shame because I used to be able to devour books. (So many distractions now!) I’m in the middle of a few:
#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso (highly recommend)
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
A Bintel Brief by Liana Finck
Ugh, it’s nowhere near what it used to be unfortunately! Funnily enough I was on the pre-professional track to be a dancer, but for the last few years the only serious crunches I’ve done involve crunching numbers and snacks...Haha. I’m pretty good at exercising my mind, but have begun to take steps to get back into shape physically. I recently took an Intensati class with a friend and it was a great way to start that process.
In terms of emerging designers, who is reinventing the wheel?
It’s a difficult question to answer because I think so many talented people are on the verge of doing some really innovative things. I think the recent conversation around Wren’s First Kiss video is interesting and proves that there is relevance around the dialogue of brands needing to move in a lifestyle-centric direction. And it makes sense - If a brand can create an image that their customer can identify with, product will seem much more accessible.
Also - Over the past few months I’ve really started to understand the importance for embracing eco-friendly fashion and value when it comes to shopping. Designers who understand this and take their brands in this direction are going to be the forefront of a change that will eventually force itself into the mainstream sectors of the fashion industry.
Any beauty rituals you swear by?
I’m all about less is more when it comes to beauty and have never really been big on wearing a lot of makeup. But I’m all about enhancing the eyes. A little bit of eyeliner (Stila liquid liner), Mascara (Benefit) and you’re good to go. I am also totally on board with the brow trend and couldn’t do without the Benefit Beauty Brow pencil!
What music are you currently listening to?
The list goes on.
Any art galleries you frequent? Who is hanging on your walls?
This is something I plan to do more of this summer! I went to a performing arts high school and come from a very artistic family; so I was always encouraged to explore the arts in my own backyard. I was fortunate enough to have even volunteered at MoMa as a teenager and came to find a lot of inspiration in the contemporary drawing and photography exhibits... With that being said I need to make another visit soon and to P.S. 1 which is luckily a 15 minute train ride away!
In the meantime I frequent a lot of fashion illustrator’s websites, blogs and local letterpress shops. Anna Rifle Bond of Rifle Paper Co. has been a long-time favorite... It’s funny, I find the art on social stationary to be incredibly inspiring and it’s fun I always visit Lockwood Shop in Astoria and we recently did a feature on Greenwich Letterpress for The Style Line... I highly recommend checking out both if you’re in New York City.
As I also mentioned before, I’m a huge fan of my grandmother Sharon Schwartzmann’s work - She specializes in contemporary figure oil paintings and has a real eye for color and interesting composition.
Coffee, Orange Juice, Water, Whiskey, Wine... You know, the essentials.
What film could you watch over and over?
That’s tough... I’m kind of a late-adopter when it comes to movies and television shows. So I can tell you what I’ve recently started watching/obsessing over: Mad Men. So. good.
Photo: Jinna Yang for Club Monaco