How To Shop and Dress Like A Fashion Editor


Fashion editors do their research.  With every day, all day devoted to knowing who and what is up next on the fashion circuit, shopping and making smart choices is second nature.  Now that you’re here, I’ll share the process.  I begin by studying the shows like it’s the final exam of life.  I carefully dissect trends while simultaneously puzzling them together through historical cues, art world references, musical tastes, cultural tribes and most importantly–body type.

After all the season’s intel is downloaded into my psyche; colors, shapes, textures and accessories easily fall into categorizations making it clear which looks would be the emperor’s new clothes in my case–and I avoid those.  Instead, I shop for key pieces that make a real difference.  A fantastic coat or jacket, a killer yet comfortable shoe, a go-to special event dress or new handbag.

To decide where to spend,  I think back to last spring and recall my woes, resolute to solve them first this time around.  Here’s a tip:  buy early in the season,  knowing that sale items are often  left behind for a good reason.   Once you have your well thought out prize in hand, you’ll be satisfied, spending less as a result, saving both time and money in the long run.   I make firm decisions focusing on what will make me happiest, investing in those specific items–the kingpins–followed by a gleeful closet edit based on the new season’s highest expectations.  Closet climbing, I would say.

Beyond my new and collected “investment” items, everything else is interchangeable style-wise–great new denim choices, flattering skirt shapes, cashmere sweaters, layering t-shirts, sporty wear, scarves and other accessories to add warmth or texture.  Et Voila!  Stylish, easy dressing with impact, plus timeless elegance, a.k.a. personal style.

I direct my editorial eye and industry-insider awareness to styling projects ranging from high-profile personal wardrobe projects to creative photography based assignments. Refined taste, balanced background of experience, and passion for uniquely effective solutions make me a style innovator and competent leader at your service. My career commenced as Bruce Springsteen's personal stylist before moving to Paris as Fashion Editor at Air France Madame (a division of French Vogue) in 2001. Returning to New York in '03, I applied my talents styling fashion and portraits for American Vogue, Vanity Fair, Muse and Interview Magazines including actresses Natalie Portman, Angelina Jolie, Zoe Saldano, Penelope Cruz, Paula Patton, Winona Ryder, Julia Roberts and numerous media, arts and entertainment entrepreneurs ranging from authors to CEO's wishing to tell their story with the aid of effective fashion styling.

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