Friday, December 12, 2008
Occupation: Writer, brand strategist, wardrobe and interiors stylist
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
Anne: I find that since I moved from New York to California, I dress differently. Lately I'm feeling a low key, early eighties Ali MacGraw kinda vibe. This outfit is pretty representative of how I've been dressing since the move. I stick with mostly basic pieces, but I try to find the best of those basics: the best dark jeans, the best white tee. These jeans are J Brand, and the tee shirt is a terrific find from American Apparel. Usually I don't love their stuff but this piece is viscose and has a gorgeous drape---it's actually quite long but I've tucked it in. The blazer is from Goodwill. I got it for $7 and paid another $9 for a tailor to remove the shoulder pads. The purse is vintage Coach, also from Goodwill. The bracelets and necklace are gifts that my grandmother has given me from her collection. I wear mostly yellow gold because I like the way it warms up my skin tone. My sunglasses are Bottega Veneta. I bought them by pooling all my birthday money from last spring...I'd rather have one stand-out present than a handful of so-so ones. And finally, the shoes. My Gucci bamboo horsebit flats are my favourite shoes in the entire world. They've been so loved over the years that I've had them resoled three times. I wear them with everything---even with denim cutoffs in the summer!---and they never fail to make me feel fabulous.
Anne's favorite designers: For casual basics I love Vince and James Perse. I'm a stickler for quality fabric, fit and construction, and these two brands consistently deliver on all counts. For work wear I adore Theory; I find that they always offer fresh, modern takes on the classics--plus they strike the right balance between comfort and style. When I need something dressier, I head to Rebecca Taylor. Her pieces feature polished, feminine accents without being over-the-top girly, and I love the color palettes she works with. And my dream wardrobe would be comprised of Stella McCartney for sculptural, almost architectural apparel, Chanel and Prada for museum-worthy shoes, and anything Bottega Veneta, as their craftmanship and attention to detail is unparalleled.
This is what Anne had to say about style:
For me style is about respect:
1. Showing respect for yourself: looking your best because it makes you feel good, paying attention to proper fit and proportion, working with what you have instead of trying to turn yourself into something you're not.
2. Showing respect for your associates: sending the message that you care about their company by dressing appropriately for each occasion---be it casual or formal---and wearing what makes you feel confident but always letting your clothes, hair and makeup play a supporting role to a shining personality.
3. Showing respect for the planet: buying the best you can afford not because you want to show off, but because you are investing in pieces that will last years to come and that will never go out of style, pieces you love so much that you'd rather have them repaired than throw them out.