My Style: Elana Nathan

Portrait of Elana Nathan

Portrait: Courtesy of Elana Nathan

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

It's not about the amount of money you have or spend on your clothes, style is about how you put things together, how you live/entertain, and how you treat other people.

Please describe your style in three words.

American (trying to be) French.

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

Not looking in the mirror.

Do you believe in role models?

Yes, I do.

What are your favourite fabrics?

Cotton and silk.

Are there any style combinations that you object to?

I am tired of skinny jeans.

Which city has the best-dressed women?

Paris, then New York.

Would you say that you are conservative or bold?

Fashion friends say conservative, non-fashion friends say bold.

What are the rules in the way you dress?

I don't buy or wear “it” bags.

Celebrities and style...

Sell clothes.

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


A woman should always look like…

She is ready for anything.

Who taught you what you know about style?

I have always had my own style even from a very young age, but I have certainly picked up tricks from all my amazing stylist friends.

How do you select your clothing every morning?

I go for the shoes first, and then I select my outfit.

What is your biggest regret?

Not having worked in another country.

Do you have any shopping rituals?

I shop alone, and sleep on every purchase.

We will never see you wearing...

A bikini, I am a one-piece girl.

Which new designers do you follow and why?

I was a CFDA Incubator advisor and I really enjoyed that…

Who is the most stylish person you have ever seen?

Lauren Hutton.

What is the first thing you notice on a woman?

Her smile, and then probably her shoes.

What are the most treasured items in your wardrobe?

My striped Saint James T-shirts I have had since high school and my Azzedine Alaia dress I wore when I got married.

The one image that defined your approach to style...

I don't think I could pick one.

Which fashion house never fails to impress you?

Comme des Garçons.

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

Her underpinnings.

Who would you like to recommend for My Style?

Gucci Westman and Fernanda Niven.

Is comfort an enemy of style?

I think if you aren’t comfortable, it's probably not stylish.

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