I believe fashion is aspirational. It addresses the notion that society is always evolving and satisfies a need for people to participate in whatever it is that is current – and sometimes even transforming.
How do you describe your style?
Frenetic and somewhat random – much like me. I like that I don’t think too much about what I put on in the morning, or where it lands in the evening. My fashion security comes from years of giving things to Goodwill. I’m confident in and content with what remains.
What are your favorite pieces?
I tend to gravitate toward most anything in my closet that is ETRO or classic Gucci. My standby favorite is a 25-year-old Princeton sweatshirt. My most coveted piece is a long white raw wool coat with a green silk lining and a thick fox collar that I picked up in Sienna, Italy; that a) I’ve never worn, and b) that I couldn’t even get buttoned.
Where is your favorite place to shop?
Having recently moved back from L.A., I haven’t yet determined what shops locally satisfy my style, though I traditionally go for smaller shops with unique inventory. I’m a big fan of wearing things forever: my closet is full, and sorting through it can be as painful as a midnight madness sale at Barney’s.
Some of the most fashionable people I know haven’t augmented their wardrobes in years. I reference the late Laurice Samuels who wore vintage Burberry like it was retrieved yesterday from its Westminster showroom. “This old thing,” she said, referencing the street-length tartan cape she selected for one rainy trip to Keeneland. “I can’t recall when I got it,” she said, “but I know it would cost a lot more today and not have near the stories.”