What is your fashion view?
If it is true that everyone moves to a different drummer, then fashion ought to convey the beat and rhythm of your life. It’s really about style – fashions come and go, but style is an expression of your inner self.
How do you describe your style?
First of all, I try to avoid always following the latest trends. Instead of choosing designs that look great on a mannequin, I choose clothing and accessories that play up my strongest features. If you are talking about clothes in my closet, you’ll find everything from cowboy boots to stiletto heels, skinny-jeans to evening gowns. Oh! And lots of hats. I am such a “hat person.”
What are your favorite pieces?
Elvis had his blue-suede-shoes. Well, I have my blue suede boots. I have this pair of indigo Italian leather boots that seem to just get better with age. If I were choosing one single staple accessory, my favorite is a pair of large gold hoop earrings. There is really nothing remarkable about them, but it seems each time I wear them, I get compliments.
Where is your favorite place to shop?
Actually, I am not a big shopper, so I choose stores that I know will have styles that appeal to me. I love shopping at Von Maur. The fact that they have live piano music doesn’t hurt. Terri and Amy at The Nitty Gritty are always so friendly and helpful; it’s just fun to shop there. And who doesn’t love finding a great looking designer dress for a fabulous price at T.J.Maxx?
Who is your fashion icon? Why?
There’s this scene in Rear Window when Grace Kelly arrives in a black and white evening gown designed by Edith Head. When I saw the film – I don’t know, I must have been around 11 years old – I remember seeing this poised, ethereal, radiant, self-confident woman sweep across the screen. The screenwriter’s notes actually say, “Her beauty is not alone in her face.” At age eleven, I wanted to be her. Not much has changed.