It was actually at Abercrombie! Â I learned how to style outfits for customers. Thankfully, when my interest in that store died my passion for styling lived on.Â Now Iâ€™m a fashion stylist.
Whatâ€™s the most daring thing youâ€™ve ever worn?
I wore a black garbage bag as a head wrap once. I thought it looked really great at the time!
Which part of your look have you experimented with recently?
My hair is pretty fun. Itâ€™s blonde now, but sometimes I add a little pink. It was red for a while, but I love wearing red… so that didnâ€™t work out very well.
Next I think i’ll dye the front green and the back pink, maybe a streak of blue.
I would say early Lisa Bonet, she was so funky.Â I have an image where sheâ€™s wearing this top hat, it looks as if she just tossed it on, so it doesn’t look crazy.
She was fearless with everything; her blazers and brooches, the way she tied her hair… even her makeup colors!
How does your upbringing reflect in your style today?
My mother and grandmother were very stylish women.
My grandmotherâ€™s vintage watch doubles as a bracelet with two bands of African beads and a soft gold face. Â My mom’s big plaited necklaces hit right at the collarâ€¦the shapes and materials of their pieces are all so unique.
Where else do you find unique pieces?
Thereâ€™s a church in Westchester that opens up the first Saturday of each month for flea market heaven.
Itâ€™s so great and no one really knows about it, but Iâ€™ve found endless treasures; a Burberry trench, a Givenchy hoodie from the 80â€™s, great hats.
You never know where youâ€™re going to find really amazing things. Iâ€™ll stop on any drive, no matter how many people Iâ€™m with, and pop into little places a long the way.
Are you ever surprised by where you find style inspiration?
Iâ€™m actually really inspired by kids. They dress up in whatever they want and just have fun with it.Â I try to do that too.
When do you dress your best?
I usually dress my best when Iâ€™m really tired.Â Iâ€™ll put on a black fringe dress, a lace scarf, a headpiece, and bright red lips to conceal how tired I am!
Which shoes do you love to wear?
Combat boots! Theyâ€™re comfy, a little grungy, you can wear them with anything, and theyâ€™re great dancing shoes. Â Iâ€™ll put them on with a black lace skirt to mix it up. I have a lot of heels though, and I can run pretty well in platforms, especially during fashion week.
Stylish movies that inspire you?
Funny Face. Everyone’s dressed up, and I love the photo shoot concept.
Also, Auntie Mame; she wore party dresses everywhere she went, even in her apartment! Â She would change her hair as she changed her mood.
Most stylish cities?
I like the way people combine pieces in Tokyo, the street style in London, and the tribes in Africa.
I love Kai, It smells so fresh!Â I use Palmerâ€™s cocoa butter and C.O. Bigelow minty balm on everything.
Who would you hire to design your wardrobe?
Nicola Formichetti or Marc Jacobs… unique silhouettes and bright patterns. Â There’s an element of surprise with Marc from season to season.
Which publications do you read regularly?
Arise, Zink, and Nylon; theyâ€™re young and relevant. Â Interview Magazine because I really admire Fabien Baron’s creativity and dedication.
Whose photography would you fill your home with?
David LaChapelleâ€¦his work is bright and crazy; the set, the props, the story, the imagination… the whole thing. I have a wild imagination and try to actualize even the most outrageous ideas.Â He makes some outrageous ideas happen.
Iâ€™m really into tattoos right now, so thatâ€™s my latest must-have.Â I want a bunch of hangers falling down my arm. Â I recently painted hangers gold, they’re on my wall as a sculpture.
As much as I love fashion, you canâ€™t put a price on a good meal.Â I treat myself to dessert at least twice a week.Â I always get rice cakes in Chinatown, the amazing marshmallow milkshake at Stand4, and French toast rice pudding.