My Style: Alexandra von Fürstenberg

Alexandra von Furstenberg

Photo: Cheryl Fox — Courtesy of Alexandra von Fürstenberg

The three essential things a woman should know about style are...

Posture is important; whatever you wear have confidence in wearing it, it’s better to be overdressed than underdressed.

Please describe your style in three words.

Modern, chic, minimal.

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

Being rushed.

Do you believe in role models?

No, not really.

What are your favourite fabrics?

I adore a soft cotton, soft leather, or cashmere… Fabrics must feel good on your skin.

Are there any style combinations that you object to?

I have seen people who own it and have confidence to pull off the oddest style combinations, so I don’t have any.

Which city has the best-dressed women?

Paris.

Would you say that you are conservative or bold?

Bold, I am not afraid to try something new.

What are the rules in the way you dress?

Rules? I’m not sure I’d call them rules but what works for me and my style is playing with a little edge, being a little modern, and still a little classic.

Celebrities and style...

Don’t necessarily mix.

Name one garment/accessory that you can never have enough of?

An amazing jacket and bag.

A woman should always look like...

She’s well put together.

Who taught you what you know about style?

My mother. She has impeccable style.

How do you select your clothing every morning?

It depends on a) the mood I wake up in, b) the weather, c) the city I am in, and d) what’s on my calendar that day.

What is your biggest regret?

Getting rid of my Chanel combat boots.

Do you have any shopping rituals?

No.

We will never see you wearing...

Crocs.

Which new designers do you follow and why?

I love Isabel Marant, Givenchy, Stella McCartney, Balenciaga, Iro, A.L.C., and of course Chanel. Some new, some not, but can’t have one without the other.

Who is the most stylish person you have ever seen?

Hmmm, “most” is such a big word but women with a great sense of their own style: Kate Moss, Diane Kruger, Audrey Hepburn, Kate Bosworth.

What is the first thing you notice on a woman?

Her demeanour and energy… then what she’s wearing. ;)

What are the most treasured items in your wardrobe?

My Chanel jackets and bags.

Which fashion house never fails to impress you?

Recently it’s Balenciaga.

One article of clothing that a woman needs to pay close attention to is...

Her bra and if it is fitting correctly.

Is comfort an enemy of style?

It can be. Heels are uncomfortable.

Who would you like to recommend for €œMy Style€?

Diane Kruger.

The best words of advice you have ever heard?

Whatever you do or wear — love it!

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