Thursday, March 1, 2012

Style Profile…. Anahita Moussavian

Current profession?

 

I’m currently the in-house Fashion Stylist at The New York Post.

My first job, however, was as a Legal Assistant at a start-up law firm; I thought I was going to be a lawyer. One late night at the office while trying to fix the paper shredder, I realized that I was in the wrong industry…

 

You would make a very stylish lawyer…

 

I have fun with style. I’m a really energized person who enjoys feeling feminine, prepared and well put together—my clothing reflects that.

 

Do you feel more pressure getting dressed during fashion week?

 

When I was starting out I did, it’s intimidating. But I’m pretty consistent with my style, always a bit dressed up. Now I don’t think about it really, I just dress as I would any other day.

 

I find that people might be quicker to judge my personality because I work in fashion and dress really feminine. Weirdly, the people I’ve met in fashion are far more open.  They’re also some of the hardest working and most passionate people in New York; it’s an industry that weeds out the weak pretty quickly.

 

Whose style has influenced your own?

 

Patricia Field. She has no boundaries, no rules and no faux pas. It’s all about mixing, experimenting, and having fun.

 

Besides people, I’ve been highly influenced by Dior’s New Look: full-skirted frocks, cinched waists, beautiful fabrics…all that glamour and polish! There’s this one image from the Louis Vuitton Spring 2012 show, on the carousel, that brought my fantasies to life. It was exciting to see a show that in many ways visually portrays the way my imagination works.

Favorite place to seek inspiration?

 

New York City has been my best resource, there are so many different styles: uptown, downtown, underground.

 

I take advantage of this by going out a lot at night; I get my energy from other people so I explore different scenes and see what people are wearing. I gain so many creative ideas this way, it really keeps me balanced.  I’m just as inspired by the uptown women shopping at the Bergdorf Goodman second floor shoe department as I am by the go-go dancers who rock the late-night dive bar scene in the Lower East Side.

 

Where do the bartenders know your name?

 

The Cabin Down Below is one of my favorite bars, it’s warm and inviting. Plus it’s connected to Black Market which serves up one of the best burgers, ever. You can spend the whole night in one place, which I often do.

 

Do you collect anything in particular?

 

An assortment of tutus, they run the gamut from Erin Fetherston to Opening Ceremony. I found a very special vintage frock at Cheap Jack’s almost five years ago: a ’50s ombre tulle prom dress spun from the prettiest shades of purple.It’s the one dress I can’t find a place to wear, but when I do, it’s going to be pure magic.

I also collect many headpieces, Shourouk makes crazy beautiful ones as does Jennifer Behr.

 

Never leave the house without?

 

Perfume. I’ve been wearing this Flora scent by Gucci lately, but will return to my signature Juliette Has A Gun, Not A Perfume as soon as this Gucci bottle is finished.

 

Which designers do you most admire?

 

I would hire Alber Elbaz to design my wardrobe in a second. I also admire Sass & Bide and Alexander Wang.  I’ve been following many young designers that are really having fun, working hard and taking things to the next level, like Meadham Kirchhoff, Carven, Sretsis, and  Timo Weiland.

 

Favorite publications?

 

I always read W Magazine and actually love Teen Vogue, there’s something about the photography, the colors, the layout, the styling—it’s creative, fun, and well designed.

 

As for books: Shakespeare. Kate Spade made a series of clutches that look like books, their Shakespeare clutch has one of my favorite quotes on it. It’s a nice reminder of the way I felt in high school discovering his work. So, Teen Vogue and Shakespeare.

 

Skincare/Grooming?

 

I prefer simple products for the skin; Nivea lotion and Dove body wash, both unscented. For grooming, I do get regular blow outs. I rarely wear makeup, so when I do it’s pretty minimal: Tarte under eye  concealer, Maybelline mascara, a touch of YSL’s golden bronzer, and on a special occasion, a neutral-hued glittery Chanel lip gloss.

 

Do you wear any heirloom pieces?

 

A bracelet that I took from my mother’s jewelry box; it’s a thin Persian gold bangle with a beautiful, tiny, twisted bow appliquĂ©d on it. Also a necklace I wear everyday; a roughed-up silver square pendant inscribed with the words “happily ever after.” It keeps me dreaming about everything I want in my life: love, happiness, health– the real stuff.

 

Most memorable words of advice?

 

Don’t blow off the small things, no one will ever trust you with anything more. I approach everything with equal weight, no matter what. My first assignment at the InStyle fashion closet (my first internship) was to organize hangers!

 

And work hard, dream big…as David Bowie said, 
“I’m an instant star: just add water and stir.”

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  1. irene

    March 1, 2012 at 3:03 pm

  2. montes Y mills

    March 1, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    I too loved louis vuitton’s carousel presentation!!! so magical!

    great interview and a lovely girl with great personal style! thanks for sharing—>

    montes Y mills

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  3. Antonia at Swedish Love Affair

    March 1, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    I absolutely adore the composition of the first photo! And what a great interview.

  4. Aurélie & Angelo

    March 1, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Great insightful interview!

    http://aurelieandangelo.com/

  5. Jeanne Canto (@jeannnnnnnnes)

    March 1, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    fantastic :)

  6. Reptilia

    March 1, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Love her style!
    I love this interview!! Really interesting

    http://www.justreptilia.com

    xx

  7. Boxer's Adventures

    March 1, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    Lovely!!
    http://blog.boxersadventures.com
    International blog and shop

  8. fashionablecollections

    March 1, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    I styled a very similar outfit to this recently. I absolutely love this photograph, I couldn’t get it out of my mind!

    Collections

  9. Natalie

    March 1, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    Great post… Love reading about what inspires others…

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  10. Tinacious.Me

    March 1, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    she’s so gorgeous! love the colorful collar!
    http://www.tinacious.me/

  11. FashionUm

    March 1, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    Lovely person, nice interview!
    ————
    http://www.FashionUm.com
    Show Your Outfit !

  12. Helene

    March 1, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    Yeaaahh let’s get the weak out

  13. Natasha Fatah

    March 1, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Fashion Editor for the New York Post? Come on! Is there a cooler job out there? Doubt it. Love her style.
    xoxo
    http://www.natashafatah.blogspot.com

  14. Stephanie

    March 1, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Character , willing and love for her work… that is what she transmits for me !!
    xxx
    stephaniehadrath.blogspot.com
    shbyhadrath.blogspot.com

  15. Modelovers

    March 1, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    All that white! Great Pics!

    Tanja

    http://www.modelovers.com

  16. Savannah Marie

    March 1, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    She is LOVELY! That collar necklace is so fun!
    Cheers,
    Savannah Marie

    everybodysbuyingvintage.blogspot.com

  17. Valentine

    March 1, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    She looks really sweet and down to earth…

    Diary Of a Fashion Stylist..!
    http://blog.valentineavoh.com

  18. Inés

    March 1, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    She looks really fresh,fun and very sylish!

    Big hugs!
    Inés

    SimplyClassyMe.blogspot.com

  19. http://www.etsy.com/shop/sadeFinds

    March 1, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    so pretty! and I love her advice :)

  20. Dreamer

    March 1, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Love the collar and I agree people judge you when you say you work in fashion.

    http://dreamerscloset.blogspot.com/

  21. Kate

    March 1, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Adore this interview. Always a great feature!

    Kate

    http://www.thrillofthechaise.com

  22. Connie

    March 1, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Adorable, smart & cool. We need more girls like her.:)

  23. maca

    March 1, 2012 at 4:53 pm

  24. Maire

    March 1, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Love this post!
    Check out this video for upcoming rock band As of Today!
    http://youtu.be/d2B-4Vhvqr8

  25. Jane Alisa

    March 1, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    This is my favourite style profile you have done, as someone that works in the fashion industry I totally agree with her views on it.

    http://janealisa.tumblr.com

  26. nathalia

    March 1, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    how inspiring! I love to read these articles … they make me keep up dreaming! Thanks for sharing them, Scott! <3

    Viaggio Della Farfalla
    The Key Item

  27. szk

    March 1, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    “don’t blow off the small things…approach everything with equal weight” – great advice.

    Lovely interview.

  28. Laura

    March 1, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    I love the all black and white with the coloured collar! Great style!

    http://www.laurablogmode.com

  29. NINAVALENTINA

    March 1, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    The rainbow color collar goes beautifully with the ivory and makes her look really fun. We love the look!

  30. Rebeca

    March 1, 2012 at 7:07 pm

  31. Cigarette

    March 1, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    On adore!

  32. Cece

    March 1, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    I’m not sure where she’s going with this outfit.

  33. JENN B

    March 1, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    What a fantastic interview. I love her fresh and uncomplicated view on fashion and life! What great advice, focusing on the small things!

    jennbaylee.tumblr.com

  34. Steph C.

    March 1, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    Wonderful interview with an interesting woman, i love how shes not afraid to admit she loves teen vogue alongside of shakespeare haha!

    xx
    -S

    http://www.gingerandlace.blogspot.com

  35. antique engagement rings

    March 1, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    I love the collar..!

  36. Tazmin

    March 1, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    She looks so innocent.

  37. Alessandra Frega

    March 1, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    I adore her Rocco bag by Alexander Wang !!!!

  38. Tae' Lardinois

    March 1, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    I love that she started out in a law office and then decided to follow her dream. An inspiration in life and in fashion!

  39. bree

    March 2, 2012 at 12:50 am

    Love her “memorable words of advice”
    I also adored the Louis Vuitton Spring show, especially Pat McGrath’s beautiful work.

    https://twitter.com/#!/book_mouse

  40. Johnny

    March 2, 2012 at 3:34 am

    I love that she reads Teen Vogue!

  41. yun

    March 2, 2012 at 3:51 am

  42. bonnie, clyde and marni

    March 2, 2012 at 4:53 am

    i love her Dannijo necklace!!
    http://bonnieclydemarni.blogspot.com/

  43. kit

    March 2, 2012 at 6:44 am

    ” it’s an industry that weeds out the weak pretty quickly.”
    She would have made a great lawyer …

  44. Clothierin

    March 2, 2012 at 7:10 am

    Wonderful person and a really cool girl :)
    Representative of the young generation thinking to me

    Greetings from Berlin

    http://www.clothierin.blogspot.com

  45. Lips N Stick

    March 2, 2012 at 8:51 am

    Love it! Love her look love the interview

    http://Lipsnstick.blogspot.com

  46. Pats

    March 2, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    What a fantastic interview. Love it!!!
    I’m a corporate lawyer who enjoys dressing up and reading this really cool blog. I truly believe small things can have huge and sometimes great consequences.

  47. Kiki

    March 2, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Beautiful, inside and out!

  48. monkeyshines

    March 2, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    wonderful looks!

    Bises,
    monkeyshines
    http://monkeyshines-monkeyshines.blogspot.com/

  49. vintage engagement rings

    March 2, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    I love the skirt….. so so elegant!

  50. koolphoto

    March 3, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Interesting woman…Nice interwiev!
    http://www.fotoestudio.es

  51. Mia Loomba

    March 3, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    Stunning, intelligent and down to earth- what a refreshing woman!

  52. Gina Clark

    March 5, 2012 at 9:13 am

    My favorite interview so far! Fashion is magical!

  53. yenamong

    March 8, 2012 at 5:02 am

    i like her style .lovelyyyyyy
    recently ,i know this site.
    i am not good at english
    but i love your interview.
    ^3^*)/
    very cuteeeeeeeeeeee

  54. Natasha Ballerina

    March 9, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Excellent interview,cant stop thinking about it!!Espcially for those who work in fashion industry…

  55. Anupam Dabral

    April 29, 2012 at 1:02 am

    Wow from Law to fashion journalism thats a big leap , actually even i am a law student and am planning to venture into fashion journalism , any words of advice ???

    The post is very inspiring

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