name: Lisa Carnochan
occupation: Former software executive, mother of adult children, blogger at Privilege about style, social class, and the emotional impact of our cultures.
location: Silicon Valley.
wearing: Chanel jacket, bought in 1998 with my first substantial bonus, Seven for All Mankind "Ginger" jeans, Shelly Segal for Laundry white lace tunic (I never snub good design), Manolo Blahnik quilted point-toed ballerinas, gold disc earrings with dragons from San Francisco's Chinatown, two diamond solitaires hung willy-nilly 'round my neck, a man's Rolex Cellini. I wore this outfit to my son's high school graduation. It helped me feel secure amidst coral-clad, non-working, trophy wives. They make me nervous, often.
favorite designers: Generally the intellectual sorts, Miuccia Prada, Jil Sander, Raf Simons, Dries van Noten, the minimalists like Francisco Costa at Calvin Klein, and the classic luxe monarchs, Oscar de la Renta and Chanel. Do I own them all? Not hardly. A woman can dream. For mass market I wind up at J. Crew, Banana Republic, and Target. Merona tees are wonderful. And if I could have just one of Mary Jo's pieces it'd be that dove gray suit. Nom.
what style means to lisa: The conjunction of aesthetic, personality, and social context. An opportunity, every day, to use shape and color to communicate your self. Specifically, at 54, how to dress for a vivid midlife.