My Style: Karen Walker

  • July 20th, 2011  | 
  • Posted in My Style

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Photo: Courtesy of Karen Walker

Q: Please describe your style in three words.

Attempting grown-up.

Q: What is the biggest mistake one can make when getting dressed?

Not checking the full look in the mirror.

Q: Who taught you what you know about style?

If being stylish were as easy as being taught about it, then we’d all look like Jackie O and Juicy Couture wouldn’t exist.

Q: Do you believe in role models?

Yes.

Q: What are your favourite fabrics?

Crêpe de Chine, tightly-packed heavy wool felt, and fine gauge cashmere.

Q: Are there any style combinations that you object to?

So many! The top of my list is clothing that doesn’t reflect the climate. It just looks silly.

Q: Which city has the best-dressed women?

Paris.

Q: Would you say that you are conservative or bold?

Conservative.

Q: What are the rules, if any, in the way you dress?

At the moment I’m really going for an elegant look.

Q: Celebrities and style…

Is never guaranteed.

Q: One garment/accessory that you can never have enough of?

The old-fashioned ones: a good trench coat, a good clutch, a good scarf, and a good pair of sunglasses. Sorry, that’s four.

Q: A woman should always look like…

It’s a breeze.

Q: How do you select your clothing every morning?

I check my iPhone for the weather and my schedule, and go from there.

Q: Your biggest regret is…

Having finite wardrobe space and having to get rid of so much I’d like to keep every six months.

Q: The three essential things a woman should know about style are…

Chipped nail polish doesn’t look cute on anyone older than 21. A smile does more for your face than Botox ever can. There’s no such thing as too many simple cashmere sweaters.

Q: Do you have any shopping rituals?

If I love it, I buy it. I never go away to think about it.

Q: We will never see you wearing…

Counterfeit.

Q: Which new designers do you follow and why?

Eddie Borgo, because he manages to combine luxury with wit.

Q: The most stylish person you have ever seen is…

Charlie Watts.

Q: What is the first thing you notice on a woman?

I take the whole thing in, top to toe, in a millisecond.

Q: What are the most treasured items in your wardrobe?

The thing I’d be most upset to lose is the very best Hermès scarf I bought. It has just the right print, colour and warn-in-ness.

Q: The one image that defines your approach to style…

I’m not sure about up until now, but the pin-up I’m working toward is old Diana Vreeland—especially that Horst photo of her in black shirt with big bangles and beads.

Q: Which designer never fails to impress you?

Prada.

Q: One article of clothing that a woman needs to pay close attention to is…

You should pay close attention to everything.

Q: Is comfort an enemy of style?

No.

Q: Who would you like to see next in “My style”?

Katie Hillier.

Q: The best word of advice you have ever heard?

It’s better to be over-dressed than under-dressed.

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