My Style: Valery Demure

Valery Demure

Photo: Courtesy of Valery Demure

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

Following so-called trends.

Do you believe in role models?

Not really — I do not want to.

What are your favourite fabrics?

Felt, silk, and cashmere.

Are there any style combinations that you object to?

No, why would I?

Which city has the best-dressed women?

From the cities I have visited, Tokyo. People there are very creative with the way they dress.

Would you say that you are conservative or bold?

Bold, I guess.

What are the rules, if any, in the way you dress?

Very little colour - only colour in accessories and no matching items.

One garment/accessory that you can never have enough of?

Cardigans.

A woman should always look like...

She knows who she is and what she wants in life.

Who taught you what you know about style?

Nobody really.

How do you select your clothing every morning?

The weather and my mood both help.

Your biggest regret is...

That I am not flat-chested.

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

Do not follow trends, wear clothes that suit your shape, and be daring!

Do you have any shopping rituals?

I look for unusual beautifully crafted pieces (as I have a large wardrobe of classics and black clothes).

We will never see you wearing...

Revealing clothes, big cleavage, very short skirts, etc.

The most stylish person you have ever seen...

There are a few, but I love Charlotte Rampling, especially in the film “The Damned". Also, Dominique Sanda.

What is the first thing you notice on a woman?

The way she moves.

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

Too many images in my head; watching art house movies from a young age has definitely shaped my style.

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

A good jacket.

Is comfort an enemy of style?

Not necessarily.

The best word of advice you have ever heard?

Be yourself always!

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