My Style: Elisabeth Holder

Portrait of Elisabeth Holder of Laduree US

Portrait: Courtesy of Elisabeth Holder

Are there any style combinations that you object to?

Wearing too many trends at the same time. Your look needs to be effortless.

Please describe your style in three words.

Sophisticated, trendy, and chic.

What are your favourite fabrics?

Cotton, silk, and cashmere.

Which city has the best-dressed women?

Rome and Buenos Aires.

Would you say that you are conservative or bold?

Conservative, but not too serious.

What are the rules in the way you dress?

I try to be comfortable, and not wear too many colours at the same time.

Celebrities and style...

Are not always the best-dressed. It is like having money and having good taste; it does not always work hand in hand. ;)

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

To follow trends and forget about your own style.

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

Everything! Bags, shoes, watches, rings, scarves…

A woman should always look like…


Who taught you what you know about style?

My mother and my father, and by watching films.

How do you select your clothing every morning?

I look at the weather and my schedule, it's a simple and efficient approach.

What is your biggest regret?

No regrets, ever.

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

Be feminine, be happy, and be confident.

Do you have any shopping rituals?

I don’t buy without trying it on first, and I never make any purchases if I am hesitant about them.

We will never see you wearing...

A mini skirt.

Which new designers do you follow and why?

Cédric Charlier for his colours and modern style, Mary Katrantzou for her very feminine style and Bouchra Jarrar.

Who is the most stylish person you have ever seen?

Audrey Hepburn, Coco Chanel, Ralph Lauren, and my father. ;)

What is the first thing you notice on a woman?

Her eyes, her hands and her bag.

What are the most treasured items in your wardrobe?

A black Chanel jacket, Hermes bags and a vintage Patek Philippe watch.

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

Vanessa Paradis in "L'arnacoeur".

Which designer never fails to impress you?

Nicolas Ghesquière, Pierre Hardy, and Aurelie Bidermann for jewellery.

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

Her lingerie.

Is comfort an enemy of style?

Not at all, I think it is the opposite.

Who would you like to recommend for My Style?

Julia Roitfeld, Laila Gohar, and Zara Wong.

The best words of advice you have ever heard?

Just do it.

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