How would you describe your personal style?
I have always maintained a love affair with classic chic, which pretty much sums up my personal style. I tend to favor classic and simple pieces that endure multiple seasons, like a basic black top or a crisp, white button-up shirt, but I carefully select fashion pieces with edgy details, such as interesting necklines or dramatic sleeves, or add layers of accessories to jazz up basic pieces.
When it comes to accessories, I have a soft spot for Chanel and Hermès, powerhouse fashion brands that are known for their unparalleled craftsmanship. Because I am usually in a pair of polished pants and a classic top, I invest in quality brands like Theory and Vince when it comes to these fashion staples.
The perk of running your own upscale designer resale business is that you don’t have to go anywhere else to shop! There’s a certain thrill in opening the mail or a box sent by a client and seeing what surprise it may hold inside. On several occasions, I would find a lovely couture treasure that I couldn’t resist and had to buy for myself. Outside Couture USA, I love to shop in local boutiques while traveling. I take advantage of shopping while on vacation because, on most days, I rarely have time to shop.
I’d never be caught dead wearing:
A very girly, pastel-colored sundress. While I’ve seen so many women look good in it, anything that is overly feminine is not my style. I feel most confident and comfortable when I am wearing classic black or neutral color. If there’s one thing I never compromise, it’s my personal style because I’m a firm believer that fashion should empower a woman to feel more confident.
Biggest style icon:
Of the many style icons today, I am most inspired by former Tom Ford muse and Vogue Paris editor-in-chief Carine Roitfeld. To me, she embodies the unique style of the French woman — effortless yet unafraid to take little risks when it comes to making a fashion statement. I admire her courage to embrace individuality, as evident by her signature mussed-up hair and smoky eyes, in a time when overly put-together is the biggest fashion trend there is.
Five items in your wardrobe you couldn’t do without:
This is a tough question as I’m very driven by my current mood and mindset when creating a wardrobe! Among all my favorites though, I will likely pick these top five fashion pieces: black Chanel tweed jacket, black Chanel Classic Jumbo Flap bag, Cartier men’s Roadster watch, Rachel Zoe giraffe-print coat and a very rare, vintage Chanel long medallion necklace.
When did you become interested in fashion?
Born and raised in France, the fashion capital of the world, I was privileged to grow up surrounded by fashion. Early on, I’ve learned and embraced the French woman’s mentality on fashion: quality over quantity. For the French woman, all you’ll ever truly need are the classic pieces. These influences have sparked my love of designer couture fashion and, to this day, I continue to embrace quality and timelessness in my fashion choices.
It’s a toss-up between handbags and jewelry. I love both equally, so it’s impossible to choose one. A big reason why I’ve developed a deep love for handbags and jewelry is because running a designer resale business means I am constantly surrounded by beautiful designer pieces. In particular, when it comes to jewelry, I love to add volume and drama by layering long necklaces or stacking up cuffs, bracelets and rings.
Biggest fashion regret:
Because I often stick to the classic pieces and rarely take bold fashion risks, I have very few fashion regrets. But if there’s one that comes top of mind, it probably was when I wore a sparkly, gold evening dress for a New Year’s party in New York. It was a stunning dress on its own, but I felt so uncomfortable in it as I generally don’t wear anything too glitzy. I consider this as one of my fashion faux pas moments because there is nothing worse than wearing a dress that doesn’t speak your style and, in the process, strips you of feeling empowered and confident.