By Elizabeth Kerin
EK: Do you have any fashion icons? How would you describe your look?
SD: Olivia Palermo. She gets it right every time. Personally, I appreciate the classic sophistication of a tailored look. I gravitate toward feminine pieces and I’m attracted to looks that exude elegance. Dresses are my absolute favorite and I don’t believe any outfit is complete without the addition of jewelry.
EK: Why do you think fashion is important?
SD: I believe fashion possesses merit. I’m confident I am not alone in believing that fashion is much more than just clothing on the runway, much as I’m certain I’m not the only one who’s received skeptical remarks to their attention in the matter. Personally, it’s something I enjoy. In the same way that most individuals admire a Picasso and his unmatched contributions, one can stare at an early Chanel handbag and see not only beauty, but also how notions of time and place are instantly recognizable in the design. I suppose fashion can be two things. It can be as straightforward as something you throw on to make yourself feel beautiful, or as dynamic as something illustrative of ethos and its transformations. We’re taught not to judge a book by its cover. With similar character, I’d encourage one not to judge fashion with a quick look. For me, it’s much more than meets the eye.
EK: How does where you are affect your look? (California vs. Rome vs. Texas)
SD: Back home, beach casual is the name of the game whereas Rome and Dallas possess an air of refinement. The environment in which I am living definitely influences the day’s look; however, I always strive to remain true to my own take on classic feminine sophistication.
EK: Are you aware of any lasting influences of your time in Rome on your approach to fashion?
SD: Definitely. Rome altered not only my outlook on life, but also, my outlook on fashion. Be it being influenced by the art and architecture of the ages or learning how to pair that one blouse 73 different ways… Rome transformed me for the better!
EK: What are currently a few of your go-to stores?
SD: J. Crew is always at the top of my list. Jenna Lyons is beyond brilliant and never fails to create a line that exudes poise perfectly married with a dash of the unexpected. Additionally, a quick peruse through Nordstrom, Anthropologie and Madewell won’t disappoint.
EK: Do you have any fashion advice for the reader?
SD: I believe there is an intrinsic confidence one feels when they [sic] love what they are wearing. So, I think it is important to choose pieces that make you feel confident! I believe fashion truly comes alive when admiration is not just awarded to the pieces of clothing but to the actual individuals wearing them.