Monday, May 12, 2008

Style Profile…Julie Ragolia

Julie Ragolia

Fashion Director, CITY Magazine. Co-curator, Playground

Best Sartorial advice from your parents?
Always double check that your buttons are lined up correctly before leaving the house

Style Icons?
Bob Dylan, Alain Delon, Karl Lagerfeld

Describe your personal style?
Proper school marm meets early Rolling Stones

I build my daily look around…
The song usually stuck in my head when I wake up.

Personal Style quirks?
As much as I shop, I don?t like when my clothes feel too new

Most cherished item?
A Chanel black high-collared cropped jacket with extra-wide sleeves.
It?s perfectly elegant, but made of nylon so can just as easily crumple into a purse. Genius.

I feel best wearing?
My vintage boy?s tuxedo jacket. It?s as if it was perfectly tailored for my body.

The first thing I look at in another
Sartorialist?s outfit …

Proportion and color scheme

Never caught wearing?
The season?s identifiable ?it? item. I prefer understated designer luxury

Dress to impress who?
Myself. Admirers can only come after that.

Shine your own shoes?


Favorite stores?
Zero Maria Cornejo, IF, Martin Margiela

Your next “must have” purchase?
Martin Margiela padded shoulder blazer

I skimp when buying …
Jeans ? Cheap Mondays are my favorites

I splurge on…..

Favorite item of clothing?
The perfect white t-shirt

Guilty pleasure?
Felt hats

Cologne, skincare?
La Labo, La Mer

When I was high school I wore?
A mix of everything: I was preppy, Goth, grunge and hip-hop at once



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  1. Iheartfashion

    May 12, 2008 at 5:45 pm

    She’s got fantastic style!

  2. amyw

    May 12, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    I like the idea of the style profile so we can learn more about the “inner workings” of the style of the people we see here. Thanks!

  3. Anonymous

    May 12, 2008 at 7:10 pm

    I love this little interview Sart. You should do more. She is so clear about who she is and what she likes. I personally love her style but I love that you did a little feature on her as well.


  4. Rolf

    May 12, 2008 at 7:26 pm

    The interview was great!

  5. Meg

    May 12, 2008 at 7:26 pm

    Alain Delon? A girl after my own heart!

  6. eatmyshorts

    May 12, 2008 at 7:59 pm

    (I love these!)

    Dear Sartorialist,

    I must begin this note by lauding your accomplishments in the fashion world! I am a student at Lake Forest College, Illinois (although I am a Connecticut native) and hope to declare a double major in English and Photography next year. As my favorite focus has always been in portraiture, your site has continued to hold my attention! I work with a Nikon D70 and a film Minolta SLR; I was curious as to what sort of camera, lens and flash you prefer!


  7. Ines

    May 12, 2008 at 8:09 pm

    How tall is she? Just wondering as the proportions are wonderful but the volumes and shapes vary from image to image.

    If she’s not tall and is on the petite side, that’s truly amazing!

  8. Anonymous

    May 12, 2008 at 8:22 pm

    Sweet! I hope I don’t read too many comments about “oh well, she’s in the business of course she looks great why do you always shoot people in the business” because damn, most fashion people look like crap. They’re followers. This woman has a strong, distinctive style-voice that belongs to her.

  9. Anonymous

    May 12, 2008 at 8:29 pm

    i know.
    she’s great.

  10. Anonymous

    May 12, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    The last outfit has great proportions, very Balenciaga. :)

  11. michelle

    May 12, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    I love it – please do more style profiles!

  12. Anonymous

    May 12, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    The first looks Coco, the last looks Audrey, the second looks calm, cool, and collector. Good luck in life.

  13. Caroline

    May 12, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    do more of these!

  14. charmschool

    May 12, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    She’s so fabulous, and short too! I’m so glad that you mentioned in one of your postings that she wasn’t much more than 5’3″ (i think) as it is encouraging to see lovely attire on someone not so tall that everything looks great on them anyway!

  15. Anonymous

    May 12, 2008 at 11:08 pm

    A stone fox for sure. First look is my favorite.

  16. metscan

    May 12, 2008 at 11:34 pm

    The second picture looks a lot like Madonna. Some of the answers to the questions are weird, am not impressed.

  17. Anonymous

    May 13, 2008 at 12:41 am

    I love the green colour she’s wearing in two of the pictures. And she looks very “modern Audrey Hepburn” in that last picture. Very nice!

  18. Equipo Dash & Cash

    May 13, 2008 at 1:44 am

    WOW! I want to learn more of these stuff!


  19. bour3

    May 13, 2008 at 2:11 am


  20. alegzandra

    May 13, 2008 at 2:40 am

    Great idea to have more insight on the interesting persons shown here!

  21. Gabriela

    May 13, 2008 at 3:16 am

    She’s fantastic and I loved reading the interview!

  22. Ads

    May 13, 2008 at 3:16 am

    Fantastic.. love the style profiles!!

  23. Anonymous

    May 13, 2008 at 4:26 am

    Please keep these interviews up! It’s so fun getting to know a bit about who these people are and what they do. It’s great to hear her own thoughts on clothes.

  24. Rosemaryx

    May 13, 2008 at 4:49 am

    i seriously love the way she uses color….and seems to always wear a hat? i wish i could always wear a hat! i also wish i could find that lovely black jacket with the ruffles. brilliant.

    the lady has it. indeed.

  25. hannah

    May 13, 2008 at 5:46 am

    yes! more style profiles please!

  26. pika

    May 13, 2008 at 6:07 am

    i love her style. very often i do find myself becoming curious about the “inner workings” of the people who get posted on this blog. this interview is a nice feature.

  27. Anonymous

    May 13, 2008 at 6:14 am

    Don’t really like the “it”items hum really (pants, skirt, hat, big bag…)Aren’t they “it” items?? Great style but not impressed especially if you go in Paris, Milan or London. This seems so common and fashion addict!

  28. Anonymous

    May 13, 2008 at 9:39 am

    loving the style profile- what a great way to learn about the stylish ones featured on your site- definitely do more of them!

  29. aviewaskew

    May 13, 2008 at 10:11 am

    simply superlative…love the top shot.

  30. Muneaki

    May 13, 2008 at 10:52 am

    just great. also I really love the way she describe her personal style. on the 1st picture, the length, the width and everything about clothes seem perfect!

  31. Carolina Lange

    May 13, 2008 at 10:57 am

    She has a beautiful style! I love that first photo, there her look is amazing!

  32. KT

    May 13, 2008 at 11:21 am

    What? No shoe trees??

  33. Andrea

    May 13, 2008 at 11:48 am

    Sart, I love this section called “Style Profiles”. I hope that will be a permanent fixture in this blog.

    Thanks, great stuff,

  34. Thomas

    May 13, 2008 at 12:02 pm

    Excellent addition to your site, and she is lovely, lovely, lovely. If I were a woman this is how I imagine I’d dress.

  35. Anonymous

    May 13, 2008 at 12:35 pm

    Ah, to live in a world where $65 jeans means to “skimp.”

  36. Kiki

    May 13, 2008 at 1:03 pm

    I love that you asked questions about personal style. LOVE. IT.

  37. Anonymous

    May 13, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    what the hell is a shoe tree????

  38. lis

    May 13, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    Yes yes yes! That was fun! More please!

  39. Alex

    May 13, 2008 at 3:25 pm

    love this post! reading about her logic and some of her opinions is great!

  40. susan

    May 13, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    thanks for doing the profile! Great fun!

  41. Miss Coryn

    May 13, 2008 at 4:17 pm

    I like her taste! She dresses so great.

  42. classact

    May 13, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    -Love that you’re expanding and doing semi-features/interviews. City is one of our favorite magazines (if you haven’t check Glenn O’Brien’s piece on little kid couture from last year).
    – much love from The new collegiate persepctive on style/fashion/art/media/culture

    check us outtt

  43. cordelia

    May 13, 2008 at 5:38 pm

    What a great idea! So interesting to read about someone’s style profile. She’s wise and smart too.

  44. Rorosto

    May 13, 2008 at 5:41 pm

    I love this! This makes your work seem so much more human-scale and reminds a reader that the shot we’re seeing is a part of a bigger picture.

  45. saudade

    May 13, 2008 at 5:43 pm

    That last outfit is perfection.

    Love the style profile. Cheers!

  46. Anonymous

    May 13, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    I agree – i like these style profiles especially when it is about someone who isn’t a ‘celebrity’ and clearly has a unique and elegant way of dressing and obviously doesn’t use a stylist… Thanks Sart!

  47. confetti

    May 13, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    oohhhh lala. I need that last hat! any ideas of who designed that? or what the style of hat would be called?

  48. momo

    May 14, 2008 at 9:33 am

    The top shot was one of my favorites when you first put it up. Thanks for giving us a chance to hear more from the person wearing the clothes! I do love the jacket in the bottom photo as well.
    Great addition to your already marvelous site!

  49. Anonymous

    May 14, 2008 at 10:37 am

    In a previous post you said that she was on a normal person’s budget. If that’s the case, I don’t see how she ‘”skimps” by buying Cheap Mondays. For a normal person, $75 jeans are kinda pricey.

  50. Anonymous

    May 14, 2008 at 11:46 am

    She has awesome style and is gorgeous but someone tell her please yoga’s not a sport!

  51. Anonymous

    May 14, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    Yes! I love that you are doing these style profiles again.

  52. la femme

    May 14, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    whoa! the look with the hat is to die for.

  53. suzannemarques

    May 14, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    more more more! i love interviews. a little peek at the person’s life and what drives them.

    oh yeah and their secrets to style! :)

  54. Asian Models Blogger

    May 14, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    Love her sense of style. She seem to look like she just stepped out of a fashion shoot every time.

  55. Anonymous

    May 14, 2008 at 6:23 pm

    Beautiful. Wish I looked like that. dang.

  56. Timmy

    May 16, 2008 at 12:06 am

    Sart, I think you’ve found a muse!

  57. Deea

    May 22, 2008 at 10:24 am

    i like the first picture. it has a french chic retro vibe :)

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    December 1, 2011 at 5:10 pm

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  59. Robin

    January 6, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    Very smart. Every which way!

  60. Atika

    March 26, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    Dear Sartorialist,
    I really like how your photo captured the essential of someone’s style. It’s beyond word!

  61. tony ozegovich

    October 25, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    Always great to see what you do, wouldn’t mind running into you in miami. Think you might ever jet thru the Magic City?

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