Which designer never fails to impress you?
Jean Paul Gaultier. He’s a genius.
Please describe your style in three words.
Tailored, androgynous, pragmatic.
What is the biggest mistake one can make when getting dressed?
Trying too hard.
Do you believe in role models?
It depends on the profession and what the person has achieved. I think the word ‘role model’ has lost meaning in this day and age.
What are your favourite fabrics?
Duchesse satin, silk, wool and cotton.
Are there any style combinations that you object to?
Short, skimpy dresses — basically overexposure.
Which city has the best-dressed women?
Would you say that you are conservative or bold?
I’m probably both. Maybe.
What are the rules, if any, in the way you dress?
Your handbag should match your shoes — a rule passed down from my grandmother.
Celebrities and style...
Depends on the celebrity and the style.
One garment/accessory that you can never have enough of?
Trench coats and brogues.
A woman should always look...
Classic and elegant.
Who taught you what you know about style?
My grandfather, Kenneth Lamar Nielsen Sr. — the style icon of the family.
How do you select your clothing every morning?
What is your biggest regret?
Probably not starting my business earlier, but I do feel like a have a better foundation now.
Do you have any shopping rituals?
Quality over quantity.
We will never see you wearing...
A short, tight skimpy dress.
Who is the most stylish person you have ever seen?
What is the first thing you notice on a woman?
How she presents herself.
What are the most treasured items in your wardrobe?
A Navajo necklace that my father purchased for me at a Native American Powwow.
One article of clothing that a woman needs to pay close attention to is...
Undergarments. They are the foundation.
Is comfort an enemy of style?
Who would you like to see next in My Style?
James Selene Joseph of Stylenoir.
The best words of advice you have ever heard?
'Bucks fucks those who know ‘em, those who control em.'