My Style: Elena Foley

Elena Foley

Photo: Timothy White — Courtesy of Elena Foley

What are the rules in the way you dress?

Sexy, but not vulgar. Modest, but not covered up. Finding a happy medium that works for you.

Please describe your style in three words.

Sexy, elegant, modern.

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

Not abiding to the dress code of an event.

Do you believe in role models?

Yes! My role model is the woman who successfully finds balance between work and family.

What are your favourite fabrics?

Chiffon, silk, leather, cashmere.

Which city has the best-dressed women?

Paris and Moscow.

Would you say that you are conservative or bold?

Depends on my mood and where I’m heading to.

Celebrities and style...

Is a game for stylists, which is based on personality of the celebrity.

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

Don’t have one!

A woman should always look like...

A woman. With a capital “W.”

Who taught you what you know about style?

The modelling and fashion industry. I have seen many different styles and combinations in fashion. Attention to detail is so necessary, and understanding that each creation has its own unique path in fashion.

How do you select your clothing every morning?

Totally depends on where I am going, my mood and the weather outside. :)

What is your biggest regret?

That I have to start wearing winter clothes… I hate winter.

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

The age, body shape and dress code of what you are dressing for.

Do you have any shopping rituals?

I don’t have rituals; I shop for either needs, mood, or motivation.

We will never see you wearing...

Body art.

Which new designers do you follow?

Leila Shams and Camilla and Marc!

Who is the most stylish person you have ever seen?

Angelina Jolie, Beyoncé, Victoria Beckham and Rihanna.

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

Her shoes! They can make or break an outfit.

What is the first thing you notice on a woman?

The happiness in her eyes.

What are the most treasured items in your wardrobe?

Summer dresses and leather jackets.

Which designer never fails to impress you?

Naeem Khan, Hérve Léger, Roberto Cavalli.

Is comfort an enemy of style?

Not always. If comfort is an enemy, it is mostly in evening style clothing, which started years ago, since women were putting on super-tight corsets to look pretty. Evening style is based on what is beautiful, not what is comfortable.

The best words of advice you have ever heard?

Fashion fades, only style remains the same. Create your own visual style… let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others.

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