Whether it’s perfecting denim on denim, finding a slew of chic outfit combinations for a single skirt, Olivia Palermo always gets it right. And let’s not forget all those covetable designer collaborations! It’s no wonder she’s consistently your favourite source for style inspiration. Throw all that in with the sheer volume of Palermo posts on Who What Wear to date, and the tastemaker was an obvious pick for the Celebrity Street Style Star of the Year Award.
We caught up with the honouree in New York City to talk fashion tricks, her favourite autumn trends, and the retailers she swears by.
Who What Wear: Who has been the most influential person in your fashion career?
Olivia Palermo: My mother and aunt are huge influences. The have such great style and grace.
WWW: What keeps you motivated working in this industry?
OP: The passion that I have for everything I do! I’m inspired daily in the environment and the people I work with every day!
WWW: You’ve collaborated on shoes, jewelry, and sunglasses. What would you like to do next?
OP: I’m happy that for the next year I’ll be designing for Chelsea28, Nordstrom’s in-house line. I am very excited to be working with apparel.
WWW: Do you have any fashion rules that you live by?
OP: Not really. I just like to feel comfortable in what I wear. So fit is very important, which is why I always say everyone should have a tailor.
WWW: What's the best styling trick you've learned over the years?
OP: Double-sided tape is a lifesaver. It can do anything from fixing a missing button on the sleeve of a jacket to ensuring you don’t overexpose yourself in a plunging neckline.
WWW: Do you ever do any DIY hacks to make an outfit perfect?
OP: Adding a belt or scarves can really elevate a look. People don’t use those enough.
WWW: You’re a pro when it comes to a belted look: What are your secrets?
OP: Invest in a collection of different shapes, textures, and colors. It helps when you have options.
WWW: What jewelry trends are you particularly into right now?
OP: I love everything in my BaubleBar collection! I always travel with statement cuffs and clips! They can always add a little something to an outfit.
WWW: Do you have any dos and don’ts when it comes to accessorizing?
OP: Don’t overdo it. If you are just looking for things to add to an already accessorized look, you’re doing too much.
WWW: Who do you turn to for fashion inspiration?
OP: For fashion inspiration, I truly look to all the stylish women I see through my travels all over the world. Depending on where I am visiting, I always see new ways to style myself.
WWW: What fall trends are you loving right now? Which ones are you looking to retire?
OP: I love suede coats at the moment! A camel trench is always great. I really would like to see the end of the crop top, only because it’s getting cold now.
WWW: As someone who’s always on the go, do you have any tricks for looking polished in a pinch?
OP: I like to keep wet wipes handy, and a mini baby powder and brush in my bag to touch up my hair.
WWW: Where are your favorite places to shop in New York? Do you have any beloved under-the-radar boutiques or stores?
OP: Moncler, Smythson, and Zoe in DUMBO. Sadly, [smaller] boutiques don’t really exist in NYC anymore. Retail spaces are just too expensive, unless you are a big brand.
WWW: What’s your favorite fast-fashion/low-priced retailer?
OP: Zara is a longtime favorite, as well as Topshop and Reiss.
Credits: Westward Leaning Flower 5 Sunglasses (£150); Valentino coat; Sea NY dress; Barbara Bui Fringe Scarf in Crepe de Chine (£200); Jennifer Fisher cuff; Fendi bag; Paige jeans; Jimmy Choo Glisten Flats (£450).
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