Olivia Palermo’s polished look has earned her a reputation as an American style icon, and it shouldn’t come as a surprise that it has been part of her family repertoire since her early childhood. “My mother and grandmother are very pulled together. They never leave the house without being completely, 100% presentable and that was instilled in me at a very young age.”
It’s her attention to detail that has elevated her fashionista profile and given her look an edge. “As you get dressed, take a look to see if anything needs to be done,” she instructs. “I tend to go with the detailing. I have endless skinny belts. There is always a place for a big belt, but sometimes when you’re layering pieces you need to hide the belt and a skinny one does just that. Take a razor blade to a sweater if it’s bobbling – it takes the balls off. Double-sided tape is also one of my favourites. Oh, and if you want to roll your sleeves up and they won’t stay, push them up with very thin hair elastics.”
Palermo’s impeccable taste has come full circle this fall when she was asked to collaborate with footwear brand Aquazzura to design a capsule collection. “I’ve known Edgardo [Osorio, the brand’s designer and founder] since his first collection and he’s become a great friend of mine. I only want to team up and design with people who I have a solid relationship with. There is a very small handful of shoe designers of whom you can say [the shoes] are aesthetically phenomenal and fit like a glove; Manolo [Blahnik] is one of them, and Edgardo. With this, we wanted to create the shoes every woman wants in her wardrobe. Edgardo and I both like a little toe cleavage, and [the heels] had to be high. The heel is actually the highest he’s ever done, so it was a bit of an experiment, but I think it came out very well, they’re still walkable. You don’t want to waddle in the street.”
With regards to one day having her own label, it’s something the natural-born planner has accounted for in her 10 year plan. “I would love to start my own [fashion] house but it’s not the right time. I feel like I can do it in stages and when the timing is right to do it, then I will.
Beyond testing the waters as a designer, Palmero has been managing her own website since 2011. “[The website] came from my travels and my friends constantly asking me, ‘Oh, I’m going to Berlin, I’m going to London, I’m going to Madrid … Can you recommend any great spots to visit? ‘So [the site] evolved through my experiences of travel, places I like, people I like, and shows. I have three people that work on the editorial side on a daily basis, an entire team who handle the back-end, and myself. I have my hands full at the moment.”
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