Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Style Profile…Romney Leader, NYC

Romney Leader

Associate Fashion Editor,

Best Sartorial advice from your parents?
Never be afraid to do your own thing.

Style icons?
Tina Chow, Anita Pallenberg, Iris Apfel

Describe your personal style…
Constantly evolving! I tend to have a favorite piece or silhouette I wear constantly until something else catches my eye. I also hate looking like I put much thought into it or looking too ?done.? Style-wise it?s a mix of everything that?s influenced me aesthetically: growing up in Texas, living and working in New York, and all of the music and cultures I took a liking to in my early years.

I build my daily look around?
Comfort, for sure – and my schedule for the day. If I?m not wearing flats or boots I have a pair close at hand, and even though I hate the cold weather I love the way the right coat adds the finishing touch to a look.

Personal Style quirk?
I nick pants and shirts from my boyfriend?s closet constantly, and I don?t think there?s such a thing as jewelry that?s too chunky.

Favorite designers?
Ann Demeulemeester, Yohji Yamamoto, Martin Margiela?anyone who does their own thing and is effortlessly on point without coming across as overly trendy.

Most cherished item?
My engagement ring and my grandfather?s felt fedora.

Never caught wearing?
Halter tops.

Most underrated item in menswear/womenswear?
The perfectly tailored woven shirt, the slouchy trouser, and the leather biker jacket.

Dress to impress who?
Strangers or my boss?ha?though really it?s my own reflection I?m most after.

Flats or heels?
I?m a huge advocate of flats- I don?t think heels necessarily make you look more put together.

Favorite stores?
Barneys for one-stop; Camden Market or one of the many vintage stores along the Texas highways for treasures, and sample sales?

Your next “must have” purchase?
Ann Demeulemeester lace-up open boots, a Lanvin silk trench, one of the Dries Van Noten metallic ball necklaces, and a pair of those Dolce silk ?pajama? pants.

I skimp when buying …
If I?m test-driving a trend (say, harem pants) I head to Zara. I also cheap out on leggings, scarves, and denim.

I splurge on…
Sweaters, pants, woven shirts- anything that benefits from tailoring and luxe fabrics.

Favorite item of clothing?
Currently: ultra wide-leg cropped pants from 3.1, black Balenciaga sweater that flares out at the sides, and a wool military-inspired vest from Camilla & Marc.

Favorite fashion magazines?
Vogue and Teen Vogue

Favorite (style) books?
I find home d


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  1. caroline duke

    April 15, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    holy crap. whims of fashion, romney, whims of fashion. never forget.

    p.s. you look great.


  2. MM

    April 15, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    I love it!
    BTW , I’ve been going through all of your archives.
    `You’re my favourite blog you’re on “worth a visit list”

  3. janefrances

    April 15, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    find the style profiles really interesting…love to read what inspires others.

  4. Ryan Mulkey

    April 15, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    Love the outfit. So textured. So classic.

  5. Zarna

    April 15, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    this is great, i love the interview and would love to see more :)


  6. Rita

    April 15, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    Love the coat and the bag soooo much!

  7. Anna

    April 15, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    Love her style! Really interesing and inspiring!

  8. junglesiren

    April 15, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    She is perfectly charming. I love the chapeau and the bag.

  9. Sartorial Vancouver

    April 15, 2009 at 6:46 pm


    Thanks for the style profiles. It is a precious glimpse into the lives of those who grace the Sartorialist.

  10. Brigadeiro

    April 15, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    Great interview, loved reading her answers. Love coats too, and Romney’s is gorgeous, and how I wish I could get my hands on the DVN necklace she mentioned! :)

  11. Camilla

    April 15, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    This is great — thanks to both of you for sharing!

    On the look here: it’s inspiring to me not in the sense that I want to reproduce it (or any specific part of it), but rather in the sense that she’s truly expressing herself through her attire. These objects have meaning for her. And also she knows exactly what suits her–the colors are perfect for her skin and hair. So I guess the lesson is: to thine own self be true. And have fun!

  12. Alegna

    April 15, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    Great interview. I love her hat, coat, and shirt. Not big on the pants but I like that she likes to take risks. I never thought of the Royal Tannebaums as a “style” movie. That’s interesting, I have to look at it again.

    As always very inspiring.

  13. Elizabeth

    April 15, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    I really love when people talk about their style – their inspirations, their favorite looks, key pieces – everything that makes their look individual. I hope to read more of these!

  14. Arlenesfelt

    April 15, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    Thanks for putting a voice to one of your wonderful photos. I think one of the greatest artistic expression is how one puts oneself together. I just love your blog. I check in daily and always leave with a smile.

  15. hrhkat

    April 15, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    The royal Tenenbaums are my style inspiration movie, its so classic yet hippie yet pulled together. Nothing says personal style quite like head to toe red tracksuit or constantly wearing a mink coat even in the summer.

  16. Pascal Grob

    April 15, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    very interesting to read and the outfit <3

  17. Anonymous

    April 15, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    I love the fresh and innocent
    quality! Thank you.

  18. postmenon

    April 15, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    I loved this picture when you first posted it – great to hear from the brain behind it! Gorgeous style, what a wonderful and healthy way to think about fashion.

  19. Minna K

    April 15, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    Like the style profile – It’s great to study her style and guess what she likes, then scroll down to read the actual.

  20. sanmiguelense

    April 15, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    I’m going to say right now that THAT tweed coat -not too bulky, not too long-will be the coat for next Fall.

  21. joze

    April 15, 2009 at 9:33 pm

  22. Oh Dear Charlotte

    April 15, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    adore! great necklace/coat/hat/shoes. accessorising is the key!

  23. Acorn, Dandelion and Rose

    April 15, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    Oh I love that bag!! Do you know what it is? She is adorable and please thank her for advocating flats!

  24. Anonymous

    April 15, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    This is great. I will reread it several times, and like the commenter above, I’m also grateful for the endorsement of flats. But this post would be even better with some other pictures of her outfits. In other words, I want to see more!

  25. Mira

    April 15, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    yay! finally someone not stomping around in trib toooos and advocating for flats instead.
    that neckchain(there is nothing lace about it) is zonkers.


  26. -h

    April 15, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    She looks great! And in a way timeless, nothing she’s wearing is immediately identifiable (at least in my eyes). and great bag.
    also i like how you’re doing the interviews again. :)

  27. Anonymous

    April 16, 2009 at 12:28 am

    Nice to see insight into interesting people…she is an original and the Tenenbaums are the bomb!!! Nice girl nice shot–thanks Sart!

  28. fashionpersonality

    April 16, 2009 at 1:02 am

    Nice outfit. I love the bag.

  29. Roth & Ko.

    April 16, 2009 at 1:12 am

    Thought the first. Romney Leader, what a kooky name. She was born to run Mitt’s 2012 presidential election campaign.

    Thought the second. Yes! She has done exactly what she set out to do: She looks perfect without looking like she tried too hard. Brava. A gem.

  30. Tara Germain

    April 16, 2009 at 1:45 am

    More Style Profiles please. This is excellent!

  31. Fashionaphylactic.

    April 16, 2009 at 6:19 am

    "I nick pants and shirts from my boyfriend’s closet constantly, and I don’t think there’s such a thing as jewelry that’s too chunky."
    That is a sentiment so safe and true! I love how unique this girl is, and how lovely does she come across too? Wardrobe and style envy!

  32. sofie

    April 16, 2009 at 7:03 am

    I really love her shoes!

  33. Ruhvana and Flanelli

    April 16, 2009 at 7:42 am

    It’s nice to have more information about the person in the photo sometimes. I just wish there were more photos of her looks:).

  34. suzanne nelson

    April 16, 2009 at 7:52 am

    Thanks Sart and Miss Leader for a great post! Style profiles are good – more please!

  35. Garrett

    April 16, 2009 at 8:41 am

    Haven’t seen a profile in a while. I miss these!

  36. Anonymous

    April 16, 2009 at 8:56 am

    Mr Sartorialist – as always thanks for keeping it real

    Romney – You rock!

    Royal Tenenbaums, Iris Apfel, and Anita Palenberg! 3 of my favorites!
    I also like the honesty on the what do you skimp on….cause we all skimp on something.

  37. Anonymous

    April 16, 2009 at 8:58 am

    Hope you’ll do more profiles like this. Will they be in your book as well ? I really enjoyed this – her style is so personal . Thank you Sir.

  38. Anonymous

    April 16, 2009 at 9:29 am

    Love the Q and A. It is nice to hear about the inspirations and thoughts behind what people wear. Please do more of these Q and A.

  39. Anonymous

    April 16, 2009 at 10:30 am

    Kudos to Ms. Leader on her exceptionally good articulation of personal style. As a sometime stylist–I have a real job too–I give new clients a list of questions similar to what’s asked here, and plenty of time to provide answers. I’ve learned not to be surprised when people have no clear vision of the image they want to project. Of course, if they did, they likely wouldn’t need my services….

  40. Anonymous

    April 16, 2009 at 11:09 am

    The Royal Tenenbaums/ Annie Hall! This lady knows her shit.

  41. Anonymous

    April 16, 2009 at 11:15 am

    thank you thank you thank you for this!
    someone with unique style instead of flocking in trend.
    love the interview, please do more!

  42. Liz

    April 16, 2009 at 11:17 am

    ROYAL TENENBAUMS is a very stylish movie, and not just because of the outfits. The rosy pink set design, the leopard-spotted animals (was it bunnies? I forget–or maybe it was mice), the tent in the bedroom, the hippie chic decor. All inspiring. And the mink and smudgy eyes on Gwyneth P. rocked out! Not to mention Owen Wilson painting his face Mexican wrestler style to ram the Tenenbaum house.

  43. Jacqueline

    April 16, 2009 at 11:52 am

    adorable! i love that bag (where is it from?!) and her style is so sweet. thank you for the profile, sart!

  44. Amra

    April 16, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    19th century english boy outfit… lovely!

  45. Maya

    April 16, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    Finally someone who appreciates COMFORT in womenswear, is NOT teetering on 5 inches heels – and still looks great!

  46. die Blume

    April 16, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Just one word! Texas!
    All good things come from there!

  47. Jack Daniel

    April 16, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    I like these interviews. Good post!

  48. fabio

    April 17, 2009 at 3:23 am

    love this look

  49. Anonymous

    April 17, 2009 at 9:35 am

    I find these interviews one of the most interesting thing about your blog. Having an image followed by an interview makes the person come alive for me. Could you please post more of these if you have the time?

  50. jpigage

    April 17, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    She looks like Pam from off of the Office

  51. chrissy

    April 17, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    the romney from whims of fashion. hilarious… you’re killing that outfit!

  52. meliss

    April 18, 2009 at 6:14 am

    I’m digging the whole outfit, especially the Anya Hindmarch bag. Please do style profiles more often!

  53. Anonymous

    April 18, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    its really normal looking.

  54. janice

    April 19, 2009 at 9:28 am

    hilarious that the whims of fashion crew circa ’00 is coming together via this..

  55. Anonymous

    April 19, 2009 at 10:25 am

    hey romney, you look great!love it! we can’t wait to see you again! soon!

  56. Luke Evans Warner

    April 19, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    I’m so happy she mentioned Annie Hall, that was the first thing I thought of when I saw this picture. In a good way!

  57. Shaynuh

    April 20, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    She really embraces individuality and creativity…the two things very important in the world of fashion =)

  58. Romney

    April 22, 2009 at 6:26 am

    I never thought i would see it, another Romney! And what a gorgeous, individual woman, so inspiring! Love, Romney

  59. Anonymous

    April 27, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    I’ve fallen in love with this bag, so I had to buy one for me. Fortunately, it’s happened to be on sale right now at (50% off), definitely worth it’s money.

    PS. Thanks to you Mr Sart I have the courage to wear my clothes the way I want, not I was told to.

    All the best from Poland. Yes, there are your readers too.


  60. Sohiny

    May 16, 2009 at 9:32 am

    great to read another style profile after a long time. she seems to be a great balance of fashion and style, and also a balance of achievable and aspirational. quite grounded.


    May 17, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    Shes a style leader? Of What? =tramps

  62. Ljerka-Susanna-Lukic

    August 19, 2009 at 3:29 pm


  63. Aspiring citizen of the world, M.

    December 6, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    Interesting interview, especially the part of her favorite places…Vieques, PR is quite exquisite. There is another little island close to Vieques called Culebra which I believe to be even more beautiful…hope you have the chance to come and meet it personally. Cheers.

  64. Peter Fowel

    December 1, 2011 at 10:33 am

    I like her style and I enjoyed her idea of “chunky” jewelry. :)

    She might be wearing costume jewelry, a concept that has been developing in the last decades, as reported here:

    :) I do agree with her style icon selection.



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