My Style: Nathalie Riddle

Portrait of fashion stylist Nathalie Riddle

Photo: Courtesy of Nathalie Riddle

Are there any style combinations that you object to?

The throw-it-all-on-look used simply to draw a crowd—it is an exercise in attention seeking as opposed to good styling.

Please describe your style in three words.

Elegant with edge.

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

Not to use a full-length mirror.

Do you believe in role models?

Yes, but no one should try to be someone they are not.

What are your favourite fabrics?

I love the ethereal quality and movement of silk chiffon and the strength and workmanship of heritage fabrics such as Harris Tweed, but to wear, I would say cashmere.

Which city has the best-dressed women?

Paris.

Would you say that you are conservative or bold?

I think I would be considered conservative in the fashion world and bold amongst my friends and family.

What are the rules in the way you dress?

Nothing too fussy, too short, or too cheap.

Celebrities and style...

Are sometimes synonymous, and sometimes an oxymoron.

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

Diamonds, especially by Jessica McCormack!

A woman should always look like...

She hasn't tried too hard.

Who taught you what you know about style?

My grandmother. Her look was one of effortless elegance, and she taught me the importance of quality. She would rather wear nothing than cheap fabrics.

How do you select your clothing every morning?

By mood, function, and then weather—often in that order to my detriment!

What is your biggest regret?

Not buying a hugely reduced Alexander McQueen military coat during an end on season sale. I was studying at the time, and I chose my rent over that coat—big mistake!

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

That it evolves, it cannot be bought, and it is age-irrelevant.

Do you have any shopping rituals?

Go early in the morning, never on weekends, and make sure you try before you buy. Shop online.

We will never see you wearing...

Anything retro.

Which new designers do you follow and why?

Trager Delaney, I love their aesthetic of effortless luxury. I am also keeping an eye on Fyodor Golan for the texture, handwork, and couture-like creations.

Who is the most stylish person you have ever seen?

Charlotte Rampling.

What is the first thing you notice on a woman?

Her poise.

What are the most treasured items in your wardrobe?

My Rolex, my grandmother’s engagement ring, and my vintage Yves Saint Laurent tux.

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

Helmut Newton’s ‘Le Smoking’.

Which designer never fails to impress you?

Rei Kawakubo for Comme des Garçons.

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

Her shoes—always invest in expensive shoes. Shoes are cost effective and can transform the most basic of outfits.

Is comfort an enemy of style?

No, there is nothing more unattractive than a woman who looks uncomfortable in what she is wearing.

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

Emmanuelle Alt.

The best words of advice you have ever heard?

In life: Never miss anything that can’t miss you back. In terms of style: "Fashion can be bought. Style one must possess" — Edna Woolman Chase.

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